By John Smith •
Published: 03 Nov 2020 • 15:46
John Amabile in ‘kilt’ next to Peter Andre
THE Baratillo Benéfico, known locally as ‘La Tienda Solidaria de Aspandem’, re-opened on Tuesday November 3, following months of Covid-19 restrictions and a major refurbishment project, made possible by a supporter’s generous bequest.
Interior designer and TV make-over personality from Scotland John Amabile, created the shop’s new design, colour scheme and shopfitting layout. While design agency, Branding Boutique, produced a new logo, signage and internal branding.
“It has been wonderful collaborating with the volunteers – creating a clean, modern space for them and their customers,” said John.
The Baratillo was initially conceived in 1984 to help build a Day Centre for children with both mental and physical disabilities and the shop continues to fund Aspandem projects today but also supports other charities throughout the area.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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