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Ashley Marie opens April 28 to support foster children

Store opens alongside Spring Bazaar benefiting Dream Weavers of Georgia

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Ashley Marie will offer childcare items such as children’s clothes, books and toys.
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A new home décor and gift boutique is opening in Alpharetta – and it’s all for a good cause.

As a part of Dream Weavers of Georgia, all proceeds from the Ashley Marie store will go toward supporting foster children in state.

“The opening of Ashley Marie was inspired by the desire that Georgia’s foster children might experience the same opportunities in life as all other children,” said spokesperson Laurin Lausier. “This includes music lessons, summer camps, tutoring, orthodontics and participation in athletic programs, to name a few.”

The store is named after two young women, Ashley and Marie, who were once in the foster care and adoption system themselves.

Lausier said that group wanted to dedicate the store to the duo because they “have greatly impacted the lives of many of the Dream Weavers volunteers” with their stories.

The store will not only provide a new shopping experience for locals looking to make a difference. It will also allow foster children of the appropriate age to work in a retail space.

“Not only is our desire to be able to support foster children monetarily,” Lausier said. “We want to be able to prepare them to become independent and have opportunities to acquire and develop job skills.”

Ashley Marie will be housed within the Kalen Center, a three-story complex housing multiple nonprofits dedicated to helping foster children and their families. Like Ashley Marie, the Kalen Center is also named after a Dream Weavers of Georgia foster child.

Plans for the 1,000-square-foot Ashley Marie store have been in the works since the inception of the Kalen Center about seven years ago, Lausier said.

The store will be holding its grand opening the same day as the Spring Bazaar. This will be the first year that Dream Weavers of Georgia will hold this bazaar, but they are already planning to make it an annual event.

“The Spring Bazaar will allow the community the chance to better understand the mission of DreamWeavers,” Lausier said. “It will help create awareness about the foster care system and provide people an occasion to give back through volunteerism as well as becoming a loyal customer of Ashley Marie.”

At the bazaar, visitors will have the opportunity to buy jewelry, clothing, embroidery gifts, handbags, home furnishings, accessories, gourmet foods and makeup from local vendors.

The bazaar and grand opening will be held from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., April 28, at 201 Vaughan Drive in Alpharetta.

To learn more about Dream Weavers of Georgia and Ashley Marie, visit dreamweaversofgeorgia.org.

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