Rising from the ashes: Owner of destroyed bridal shop donates dresses to local clothing closets


A follow-up tonight on a fire that destroyed a small plaza in Canfield back in July — forcing businesses there to re- locate… But what happens when the flames leave a popular bridal shop with thousands of dresses it can no longer sell?? First News Senior Reporter Gerry Ricciutti tells us the One by one..ball gowns are pulled from boxes at “Diva Donations” in North Lima..which helps young girls find formal wear..that’s just too costly to buy for themselves… The dresses — thousands of them — were donated by Toulah Kostoglou — whose bridal shop was destroyed by fire three months ago…. In their new home..the dresses..some worth hundreds of dollars..will be loaned to high school girls in the area to wear for proms or homecomings… At Boardman High School..dozens of other dresses and shoes from Toulah’s were given to support the local “Becca’s Closet” program — which like “Diva’s” loans them to students in need… DRESSES AND THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING.. Many of these gowns had been sitting in what was left of Toulah’s shop ever since the fire in late July…But with the Summit Plaza being demolished this week..workers had to rush to get them out Monday..or risk losing them altogether… TOULAH KOSTOGLOU: WE JUST CALLED DIFFERENT PLACES AND ASK IF THEY WOULD WANT TO TAKE THE DRESSES AND USE THEM.. For now..Toulah and her staff are using space in a law office near her old location where gowns can be fitted before they’re picked up….She’ll be opening a new shop just down 224 in the next couple weeks…In Canfield..Gerry Ricciutti..WKBN 27 First News…

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