WARSAW — A gathering of contributors and stakeholders braved the 90-degree heat to officially mark the opening of a small retail shop with a philanthropic purpose.
Mary Ann’s Place, located at 325 Argonne Road, will serve donation drop-off center and thrift store.
“Today is our grand opening of Mary Ann’s Place.” Said Kacey Anderson Beaman Home’s associate director for education and outreach. “It used to be the basic needs center, which was a donation drop-off and shopping center for Beaman Home clients.”
Anderson revealed the story behind the facility’s moniker.
“Mary Ann Cox was one of our founders and her family is still very entwined with what we do in our mission,” she said. “So, we wanted something to recognize her.
Anderson said the store will be open on Mondays and Tuesdays for donations by appointment and for Beaman Home clients to shop. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a retail shop for the general public.
During the ribbon cutting, the ribbon was cut by Bill Cox, son of the store’s namesake. The ribbon cutting was coordinated by the Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce.