Betty Be Good

Suzanne Smith, right, and Laura Schaffer model dresses for sale at Betty Be Good. (Courtesy photo/John Harbst Photography)

Betty Be Good now in Fairway Center, Lynden

LYNDEN — Liberty in style is the mandate of a new boutique called Betty Be Good that opened with a celebration May 10 in the Fairway Center.

The boutique, which has been retailing women’s clothing and accessories at Birch Bay Square since October 2013, gives 2 percent of sales each day to support the rehabilitation of sex-trafficking survivors.

Through a fund created by the business called Betty’s Liberty Closet, survivors of human trafficking living at Engedi Refuge near Lynden can shop online accessing the fund to clothe their new beginning in life. 

“The hope and dignity our residents find through Betty’s Liberty Closet is priceless; we deeply value this partnership,” said Lea Newcomb, director of Engedi Refuge.

Engedi Refuge is a residential program with 11 beds and three houses for survivors of sexual exploitation that includes professional counseling, case management, life-skills training, trauma therapy and other services to rehabilitate survivors.

“The problem of human trafficking breaks my heart over and over again, but knowing there are organizations like Engedi right here in Lynden gives me comfort,” said boutique owner Suzanne Smith. ”When you shop at Betty’s, you fill up Betty’s Liberty Closet and give hope to survivors.”

Betty Be Good aims to be an affordable option for Lynden shoppers offering all styles under $60 retail. There will now be two locations.

Betty Be Good recently won Best Boutique in the Northwest, a readers choice award.

For more information, contact Smith at 360-255-8513 or bettybegood@live.ca.