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Local woman to open clothing store to benefit Single Mothers Outreach group

Posted: February 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Margo Hudson looks through items on a rack as she prepares to open The Closet on Main in Newhall.

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Santa Clarita Valley fashion icon Margo Hudson has a new mission in life: clothes for a cause.

Hudson will open The Closet on Main on Tuesday to sell gently used and consignment fashions.

Proceeds from the store, which will operate with all-volunteer labor, will benefit the programs of Single Mothers Outreach, Hudson said.

“Every penny will go to Single Mothers Outreach to help them with their programs,” she said.

Hudson operated a high-fashion boutique called Margo for 36 years in the Plaza Posada shopping center in Newhall. The store closed in 2010.

After becoming involved with Single Mothers Outreach, Hudson founded The Closet at the nonprofit’s Ruether Avenue location in Canyon Country.

However, with the move of Single Mothers Outreach offices to a location in downtown Newhall, Hudson learned that The Closet would have to close.

“We were losing The Closet and I knew it had to continue,” she said. “I saw the need for the single mothers and the children. We would give eight pieces of clothing to each member of the family every month, for free. I could see the difference it made to our families; it elevates their self-esteem.”

Hudson found The Closet’s new location one day while walking in downtown Newhall.

The store front is located on the street between the Western Walk of Stars saddle plaques of Lloyd Bridges and Gary Cooper.

“One Sunday I came down here because I was obsessed with the place, and I said, ‘Lloyd, Gary, do you know how much I want this place? I don’t know where you are, but can you help me?’” Hudson said.

A benefactor stepped forward and offered to pay the rent to help The Closet reopen.

In addition to rent, benefactors have assisted The Closet on Main with painting, a new rug and other donations.

Hudson is currently looking for a donor to provide a washer and dryer for the store.

Volunteers are also sought to work at The Closet.

“They can learn retail and they can learn fashion,” she said.

Hudson’s dream to reopen The Closet almost came to a fiery end before it began.

A Christmas Day fire in the adjacent store front of Botanica La Santisima could have devastated the new location for The Closet, Hudson said.

However, all that remains of the near disaster is the faintest hint of smoke from the boarded-up Botanica.

Single Mothers Outreach has served more than 2,000 families since 1998. The mission of Single Mothers Outreach is to empower single parents and their children by providing hope, support and resources so that families can become self-sustaining.

Hudson said assisting single mothers reach their potential is extremely rewarding.

“There is not one woman who is not beautiful,” Hudson said. “New clothes, hairstyle, makeup, she can look like a movie star, regardless of circumstances.”

The grand opening of The Closet on Main, 24335 Main St. in downtown Newhall will be held 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday. The Closet on Main will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Sundays. On Thursdays, it will remain open until 7 p.m. for Farmer’s Market shoppers.

Volunteers are sought to assist with The Closet on Main, and donations of gently used clothing are also needed. For information contact 661-200-0745 or email dsmith@smoscv.org.

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