Ladies Appetizers and Eco Swap Dec. 5


I’d like to invite you to a very special event at AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar. It’s a chance to double your wardrobe without spending a cent!

Yes, along with Staunton locals Lindsay Curren and Tracey Coltrain, I’m helping to host what’s called a “Naked Ladies” Eco Swap. It’s an event where you bring in up to 25 of your nicest clothing pieces and accessories or jewelry that you no longer wear and put it out in a “pop up shop” for other women to take for free. They, in turn, bring in up to 25 of their nicest but no longer used items and they are put up for free shopping by you (and all the other women there).

So it costs nothing to clean out the old closet and make room for the “new to you!”

A win win win win

What a way to save the planet, save the landfill, save a bundle of money, have fun, and walk away with some “gently used,” new wardrobe finds for the season. And it all benefits a good cause, one I wrote about in my last week’s blog on domestic violence against women.

All of the items not taken at the swap are slated to go to the New Directions Domestic Abuse Center here in Staunton, along with any financial donations added to the jar that day (checks please, to New Directions).

We are also accepting “necessities” gift boxes for the women. In these you can simply add whatever you think a woman in a stressed and compromised situation might need — things like shampoos and soaps, personal care products, toothpaste, tissues, small snacks, warm gloves — any set of small things that you want to combine for one woman recipient.

The Swap is being held before my normal business hours on Saturday December 5, 2015 from 1-3:30pm. In addition to hosting the space, I will also have a limited menu available for food and drink purchases so that you can nibble, mingle, and shop while making a stand against domestic violence.

Because women will be there trying on clothing we do ask that for privacy reasons this remain a women-only event. My doors will open at 5pm for dinner time restaurant service.

I hope we’ll see you there and hope that you bring some fun things and find some fabulous finds! We also hope it results in a good amount of donations and fundraising for New Directions!

— Mary Beth Harris, Proprietress, AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Mary Beth Harris is the proprietress of AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar. She's been in the restaurant business for 12 years and is the former owner of The Darjeeling Cafe.