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Marissa’s Closet marks 2nd anniversary

Melinda Shaw, holding a photo of her late grandfather, is marking the second anniversary of Marissa’s Closet of prom dresses Thursday night, Dec. 4. Shaw is asking members of the community to bring...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED November 26, 2011 12:34 a.m.

Marissa’s Closet in Ripon is promising a “dynamic holiday bazaar” Thursday, Dec. 1, that will feature specialty berry vodka sample drinks gratis along with a number of vendors that will set up amidst the racks of formal prom gowns.

Melinda Shaw, who opened the store in the former Ripon Drug Store in the 300 block of West Main Street in 2009, said the event will mark the second anniversary of their effort to provide prom dresses to needy girls. The program was launched by her late daughter Marissa out of their home.

Cool House Vodka – an independent producer from Modesto – will be offering three or four holiday berry drinks for guests to sample along with an adult hot chocolate mocha drink and the famous Lemon Drop.

Shaw is asking guests to bring photographs of their “lost loved ones” to add to a memorial wall in the store.  She is hoping a number of them will also tell a story about that person after they place their picture on the wall next to a photo of her grandfather in World War II uniform and another of her daughter Marissa.

The vendors have agreed to donate 10 percent of any proceeds they make from their wares at the bazaar to the non-profit Marissa’s Closet which is now involved in providing Christmas formal and military-ball gowns to mostly high school girls.

Vendors featured will include Ritzy Ragz and Thingz, a designer consignment store with three locations in Carmel, Turlock and Modesto.  A boutique named This, That & More is also scheduled to have a booth as is Avon, Scentsy (flameless) Candles, Tupperware and a wood-sign business.  Five booth locations remain available.

The Ripon High School cheerleaders are planning to sell Jamba Juice as a fundraiser before school, during lunch and after school on the day of the bazaar and will give their profits in support of Marissa’s Closet.

The bazaar open house will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. The event is held the same night as the Taste of Ripon Chamber of Commerce wine-tasting event.  Shaw said she has obtained an ABC liquor license that allows her to provide samples of the holiday drinks.

For more information call (209) 613-0836; e-mail or visit their Facebook page at

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