Yes! There really is a “Claudine!”
Claudine Thiem, former owner of Milestones Quality Children’s Consignment, wanted to expand her business beyond children’s items. With the help of a panel of local business experts awarded through the Athena Powerlink program, Claudine decided that she really wanted to go back to her passion for quality second hand furniture and home decor. After finding the perfect 7000-square foot location on the northwest corner of West 8th Street and Pittsburgh Avenue, she opened Claudine’s Consignment in February 2011.
These days, Claudine prides herself on her support of local businesses and her involvement with the community. As the first business owner to be awarded two Athena Powerlink panels (2010, 2016), she tries to give back to this program by serving as an adviser on panels for other businesses and by participating in Advanced Athena Powerlink. Claudine also loves to give presentations on entrepreneurship to local high school students. Through the local Career Street program, she has spoken at Villa, Girard, North East, and Strong Vincent.
In addition, Claudine is a member of the NARTS Association of Resale Professionals, the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, Visit Erie, Rotary Club of Erie, and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore committee. She also serves as the Treasurer for the Cathedral of St. Paul Episcopal.