National retail trends clearly show that more and more shoppers are buying online, and Girl Scout shops are no different. Over the past five years, we've seen a huge shift of volunteers and parents shopping online instead of in our traditional Girl Scout shops. Reviewing how and where our members shop has prompted some changes to the operation of our council shops.
Our shops at the Clinton Township, Detroit, and White Lake Service Centers will remain open, and all three shops will be open every Saturday. Additionally, our trading post at Camp Hawthorn Hollow will remain open. New this year, we have opened a trading post at Camp Playfair this month, and in early 2019, we'll be offering mobile shop opportunities at our new Southgate Service Center.
We encourage all of our members and families to use the online Girl Scout shop 24-7. The online shop frequently offers sales and free shipping opportunities. Beginning in October, you'll also find GSSEM council items, such as Camp Playfair and Camp Hawthorn Hollow apparel, in the online shop as well.
GSSEM will continue to operate the Flint-area cookie cupboard at Courtland Mall and will be offering additional hours this year at the cookie cupboard to make picking up cookies more convenient.