Ben Simonson comes in to work every week at a shop made largely of castoffs.
Glass panels recycled from shower doors surround part of the seating area in back. The couch sports a reclaimed denim exterior. Nearby, merchandise lines a shelf made of scrapwood; lighting hails from an old Urban Outfitters display.
The interior of the AoSA Project, which opened in August, consists in part of materials that were rerouted from the trash and given a use. And the products on the shelves aim to rescue people around the world from similarly bleak circumstances.
The AoSA Project stocks merchandise that benefits blighted groups of people, from Ugandan women to inner-city American children.
Simonson, one of the store's two managers, said every product must meet two criteria: It must give back to a social cause, and it must be of high quality.
Ultimately, he and his partners hope to encourage people to weigh factors other than price when deciding on a purchase.