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Fashionable steps toward a charitable cause

Boutique's "diva walk" will benefit Resurrection House.

By JON WILSON
Published January 10, 2007


Hiking to raise money for charity and to celebrate the opening of a new store, about 100 women will march south on one of the city's main drags Saturday morning.

The occasion is the opening of Marion's at its new location, 1301 Fourth St. N. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the old site of the women's boutique at 5320 Fourth St. N.

The women paid $25 each to participate. The money from the walk goes to Resurrection House, an organization that helps homeless people become self-sufficient.

The event is being called a "diva walk," said longtime Marion's employee Cheryl Montanari.

"It's a women's store and we wanted to make it more like a stroll," Montanari said.

The walkers, wearing T-shirts printed for the event, will carry banners. They stop for a break - and probably snacks - at sites along the way.

Originally intended to mark the new location's grand opening, the walk turned into a charity event as store employees began kicking around ideas, Montanari said.

"We're hoping to do something like this every year," she said.

Marion's spent 18 years at its old site. Marion Mitchell is the owner.

The new store's hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Walkers who would like to participate are welcome, Montanari said.

For information, call (727) 821-2345.