East Nashville clothing shop helps ‘HumanKind’

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One of East Nashville’s undiscovered gems resides next door to a Thai restaurant, and parking is restricted to a lot behind a Rite-Aid store.Founded in February 2009, HumanKind, a thrift clothing store located in East Nashville, offers fifteen percent of profits for local refugee students to purchase school uniforms.

Don’t let its inauspicious locale fool you. HumanKind, a socially-minded thrift store located in Nashville, is offering the hippest fashions while also contributing to the community.

The business, which offers both vintage and modern apparel at reasonable prices, opened on Feb. 14, 2009 in the basement of The Anchor Fellowship in downtown Nashville. Last August, they opened at their current location in East Nashville.

The idea sprouted in 2008, when Ryan and Christina Rado visited Austin, Texas. They were made aware of a vintage store called Cream Vintage and were instantly smitten by its warmth and charm.

Christina was teaching in the English Language Learners program for Metro Nashville Public Schools at the time, and she noticed that many of her refugee students came to class in dirty uniforms every day.

The couple decided to offer their own unique gift to those students who couldn’t afford new clothing. Fifteen percent of the profits from the merchandise sold in their store go towards purchasing the required “standard school attire” clothing for refugee kids entering the Metro Nashville school system.

In doing so, HumanKind offers fun, inexpensive clothing for men and women, from plaid long-sleeve shirts to vintage gingham dresses. The Rados have also recently hosted a handful of in-store events to drive traffic into HumanKind and promote musical acts within the Metro Nashville area.

HumanKind is closed on Sundays and Tuesdays. Hours are Mondays and Fridays 12-6 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 12-7 p.m., and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.