$25 good-for token to Margo (Margo's boutique) in the Plaza Posada shopping center on Lyons Avenue in Newhall, 1980s.
Brass, 1.5 inches dia.
One side reads: "This coin is redeemable in merchandise / Dollars / (incuse) Margo / Newhall, CA. / $25.00"
Other side reads: "Presentation gift coin."
Essentially a gift certificate, but classier, as one might expect from this issuer.
About Margo Hudson
By Single Mothers Outreach for the SCV Man & Woman of the Year Committee
Margo Hudson was born in Granby, Quebec, Canada. Her mother died when she was 2 months old, and her father died when she was 12. Growing up, her key influences were her stepmother and aunt, who were both hard working, stylish and inspiring to Margo.
Margo immigrated to the United States in 1960 and in 1966 became a citizen. She is proud to be American, which probably explains why she supports the SCV Fourth of July parade every year.
In 1969, Margo co-chaired the development of the Foster Parent Organization in the Valencia Valley. She ultimately fostered 11 children. In the same year, she became a founding officer of the Adoption Guild of Valencia Valley.
In 1974, Margo joined Aggi's, an upscale clothing boutique in the Plaza Posada shopping center on Lyons Avenue in Newhall. Margo purchased the business in 1978 and renamed the store Margo's.
Margo quickly became a fashion icon in the Santa Clarita Valley. Her well-trained staff knew and served their customers well, often calling them to notify them of new items. They set up appointments and set aside hand-selected clothing in reserved dressing rooms, saving customers time and energy. Stepping into Margo's was like stepping into a dream where a woman was truly treated like a queen.
In 1980, Margo became the founder of the first Miss Santa Clarita Beauty Pageant, which is still an annual event. She frequently coordinated fashion shows showcasing her clothing for Santa Clarita charities. Significantly, she donated gift certificates to Margo's to help charities such as the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Soroptimist, Children's Hospital, City of Hope, Multiple Sclerosis and others raise money for their good causes. Through the years, Margo supported many charitable events such as the Rocking Horse Derby and Child and Family Center, and she attended the first Boys Club Benefit Auction in 1972 (before it was the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley).
Single Mothers Outreach, a local support group for struggling single moms, was preparing to move in 2012 when it learned there would be no room for donated clothing. A volunteer since 2011, Margo was determined to find a location for the Shop the Closet program, where members receive free clothing. Margo found and opened Closet on Main in Newhall on Feb. 18, 2013. She secured donations to pay the rent for two years, but because the store became so successful, financial help was needed for only one year. Margo worked hundreds of volunteer hours to turn Closet on Main into a success.
Margo brought her good name and brand to Closet on Main where a woman can experience excellent customer service, whether she is a struggling single mom receiving free clothing, or one of Margo's former customers who has come to purchase a gown for an upcoming gala event. Equally important to Single Mothers Outreach, Margo's contribution has provided a valuable revenue stream that eliminated the organization's chronic cash flow challenges.
In 2014, Margo spearheaded fundraising efforts for SMO's involvement in Dancing With Our Stars, sending personal letters to business associates and friends. SMO raised almost $14,000 from the many hours of volunteering, hard work and enthusiasm shown by Margo.
As significant as Margo's contributions have been to the Santa Clarita Valley and Single Mothers Outreach in particular, she is most proud of and devoted to her two children and their families. She enjoys taking care of her husband Bob, is currently learning Spanish, and enjoys time with friends and family.