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here’s no doubt that the Happy Hand secondhand store has curb appeal. But beautiful décor and high-quality merchandise aren’t the only draw for shoppers on this busy street in Copenhagen. Customers say they’re attracted to the shop’s peaceful, spiritual atmosphere and its caring workers.
Opened in 2012, Happy Hand was the brainchild of a group of Adventist lay members in Copenhagen who wanted to do more to help the needy in their city. Working closely with the Danish Union and local Adventist churches, they created an economically independent Life Hope Center, or center of influence, that enables them
The shop’s downtown location brings in a large clientele.
The Adventist-run nonprofit store is located in the heart of Denmark’s capital city.
Enjoying an in-store fashion show.
In the middle of the shop is a café area where people can relax, chat with the personnel, or read some of the books and magazines on hand.
to minister to people’s needs and fund a variety of mission projects in their neighborhood and around the world. “We called the shop Happy Hand,” says Anne-May Müller, “because we want to lend a hand to those in need around us. We want to pass on the physical and spiritual gifts we’ve received from God and share hope and happiness.” Happy Hand is decorated with recycled furniture to create a warm, charming atmosphere. When customers enter the shop, they’re invited to sit down to rest, enjoy refreshments, listen to inspiring music, and connect with friendly Christians. Refreshments are served, such as hot teas, cold drinks, fruit, and cookies.