Crazy Daisy Boutique

Marietta Wine Cellars isn’t usually open Sundays, but Mary Jane Phillips, co-owner of the business with husband, Al, kept the doors open for a good cause this weekend.

“Anything to help out our good friends and neighbors, and we’ve had a pretty good turnout,” she said of the Crazy Daisy Boutique benefit held Sunday afternoon at the Wine Cellars 211 Second St. location.

The boutique included door prizes, free snacks and wine tasting, and displays from 11 direct sales home-based vendors who participated in the event to collect canned foods for local food pantries as well as raise some funding to help some area families in need.

“We wanted to bring some awareness about those needs and introduce people to the Marietta Wine Cellars who may have never been here before,” said Melissa Weppler who, along with friend Jessica Kufel, coordinated Sunday’s Crazy Daisy Boutique.

Admission to the event was a canned food donation.

“The food donations are divided between the Gospel Mission and Marietta Community food pantries,” Weppler said. “We also have a 50/50 drawing, and we use money from that to purchase baskets of food so some area families will be able to have a complete Easter dinner.”

She noted that although the vendors in attendance sell a variety of items, including candles, jewelry, crafts, skin care and health products, all of the vendors understood that the main purpose of Sunday’s event was to benefit folks in need.

“We wanted to do something together that would be giving back to the community,” Kufel said. “And we’ve made some great friends here, in addition to getting to know about each other’s products.”

Weppler agreed.

“And what’s better than doing some shopping with a glass of good wine?” she said.

Laura Hogue of Washington, W.Va., was among those perusing the displays during Sunday’s boutique event.

“I heart about it from Melissa, so I called my aunt and cousin and asked them to come along,” she said. “And this is our first time to visit the Marietta Wine Cellars.”

Her Aunt Betty Vannoy of Belpre and cousin Karen Pugh from Little Hocking were impressed.

“I think this is a great idea,” Vannoy said. “One reason we came was because it’s a food drive for the pantries. This is a great thing they’re doing.”

The women were checking out Kimberly Horn’s Jewelry In Candles display Sunday afternoon.

Horn explained that each scented candle has a ring, necklace, earrings or other jewelry hidden inside.

“It’s my first time at the Wine Cellars, and it’s for a good cause,” she said.

Weppler said a similar event was held at the Wine Cellars last November on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

“We were able to collect canned goods for the pantries and raised enough money to deliver baskets with the makings for a full Thanksgiving dinner to six area families,” she said.

Weppler and Kufel said they plan to continue the Crazy Daisy Boutiques during the Thanksgiving and Easter seasons each year.