BY VINCE REMBULAT
It was about a year ago that Debbie Freitas received the surprise call of her life.
She was ready to renew her lease with the Delta Humane Society’s Thrift and Gift store — a tucked away space at 6830 N. Pacific Ave. in Stockton — when a choice spot on the Miracle Mile suddenly became available.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Freitas, who took over the Miracle Mile Bookstore at 2210 Pacific Ave., renaming it to Pawtastic. “We were eight hours away from re-upping on the lease (on the Gift and Thrift store) when we received a call from the owner’s sister.”
She officially took over the space July 31 2017, spending the next two months remodeling and re-organizing the thrift boutique store that’s now in the middle of the pedestrian-friendly area of Stockton featuring shopping, dining, entertainment and the arts.
After the overhead, Freitas noted that 100 percent of her proceeds benefit the Delta Humane Society and SPCA.
This a no-kill animal shelter located at 4590 S. Highway 99 Frontage Road and home to several hundred animals. This non-profit organization servicing the greater San Joaquin area since 1966 is supported by fundraising events along with the generosity of others.
Included is Pawtastic, a place featuring new and gently used collectibles, antiques, jewelry, accessories, books, household goods, pet products, and vintage and designer clothing, to name a few.
Freitas, who is both owner and operator, said the boutique also has hard-to-find items such as Disney, Precious Moments, and Llardo Porcelain collectibles.
Everything in the store is donated. Pawtastic has a drop-off area in the rear parking lot, between Adams and Pine streets. Click on to www.deltahumanesociety.com for donation information.
What’s sold here helps improve the lives of the cats and dogs at the shelter.
On Saturdays, Pawtastic brings awareness to the Delta Humane Society by serving as an off-site for shelter pets — dogs and cats are brought in from there and available for adoption.
Freitas, who began her career in law enforcement, has used her business to branch out into the community.
For college students, she offers Kitchen in a Box consisting of dishes, glasses, etc. for those starting up at nearby University of the Pacific.
She’s partnered with Delta College, in particular, the Fashion & Merchandising Department, bringing in students from there to help out with the presentation of the store.
And then there’s the countless volunteers.
The husband and wife realtors of Grace and Rob Quaschinck took time to do the current window display at Pawtastic.
Freitas welcomes high school students who are looking to do their community service projects along with those in work programs.
Getting back to the business, Pawtastic provides personal attention to each customer, according to Freitas.
“We want to make it welcoming experience,” she added.
Pawtastic is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, call Pawtastic at 209-952-2023
or the Delta Humane Society at 209-466-0339.