Thirty years ago, Marilyn Diligenti found herself a newly single mother,trying to uphold a stable life for her five young boys with no income or resources.
Swallowing her pride, Marilyn obtained a $1,000.00 personal loan and marched down to the fashion exchange where she purchased a small armful of women’s clothing. Clothing in hand, Marilyn returned home to call female friends and acquaintances and invited them over for tea, desserts and shopping. Thanks to Marilyn’s good taste and economical mind she sold all the clothes and made just enough profit to feed the kids and return to the exchange to buy another armful of clothing.Word of mouth traveled and soon Marilyn was spending what money she had hiring limousines and buying champagne to coax women from other parts of town to make the trip over to West Vancouver. Before long, Marilyn’s fledgling home shopping business was growing too large to maintain from her home, so she rented a small retail space in Caulfield Village for her blossoming business.
Six days a week, ten hours a day, you can find Marilyn at her classy boutique in Caulfield. Also there you will meet customers that have been loyal and dedicated to Marilyn since the days of selling clothes from her own home. Her once modest store has now expanded to over three times its original size.
Marilyn’s business lies in the women’s fashion retail sector, offering an enormously wide range and variety of clothing, shoes and accessories to women and girls of all ages and every size. Whether shopping for the beach or a wedding, Marilyn’s is the definition of a ‘one-stop shop’. Mothers, daughters and granddaughters can all leave Marilyn’s happier than when they came in, which has been Marilyn’s mandate since day one.
It is the customer service and personal relations that have stood as the trademark of her business since the beginning. Marilyn’s massive and longstanding customer base keep coming all the way to Caulfield Village for one reason besides the fabulous fashion finds, and that is the way they are made to feel once they are inside the store.