Life is about to get a whole lot busier for Monalisa store owner and buyer Marnie Lake.

This successful business woman is about to welcome her first baby with husband Julian. To accommodate their growing family, Marnie and Julian recently purchased a Mazda CX-9 Azami from Bendigo Mazda.

“I grew up on a farm in Echuca and being one of four kids, we always had big family cars that were able to cruise down a dirt road comfortably. So really there wasn’t any question about whether we’d purchase a big car; it’s what I’ve grown up knowing.”

A spacious family car isn’t the only childhood influence on Marnie’s car buying decision. It also extends to the colour which in this case is Snowflake White Pearl Mica.

“We’ve always had white cars. My dad would kill me for getting any other colour. And it’s easier to keep clean. Let’s be honest I don’t have time to clean my car.”

Bendigo Mazda CX-9 Azami

And she is right. Marnie’s fashion boutique is open seven days a week, stocking 55 handpicked and carefully selected Australian and international labels. When she is not in-store styling the perfect outfit for her customers, Marnie is travelling around Bendigo and Melbourne for business.

“I’m in the store every day unless I’m in Melbourne buying.

“The Mazda CX-9 seemed the perfect fit to jam pack with clothes whether its coming home from a buying trip in Melbourne, taking clothes to customers or dropping them off at the dry cleaners. I can fold down the seats too so the mannequins fit beautifully and still fit staff in for meetings.”

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Monalisa is located in Bendigo’s iconic Bath Lane which is a one-way street often testing drivers ability to parallel park. The Mazda CX-9 takes the guesswork out of reverse parking with a handy rearview camera that guides the driver into the tightest of spots with ease.

The seven seat SUV also comes with an innovate power tailgate that opens instantly at the touch of a button to allow for easy access to the spacious cargo area.

Bath Lane Bendigo Mazda CX-9 Azami

Travelling to Melbourne often, it’s no surprise Marnie’s favourite features of the Mazda CX-9 is the cutting-edge connectivity and ‘heads-up’ driver display. This premium feature displays Marnie’s current speed, recognises traffic signs and shows important navigation information straight into her line of sight.

“To look at the CX-9, it’s a big family car yet it’s so easy to navigate through city traffic. The safety features such as reverse camera, cruise control, automatic lighting all make driving easy and I feel a lot more confident and safe behind the wheel.”

The Mazda CX-9 Azami has the ability to bring you to a complete stop in traffic and take off again once traffic moves. The Stop & Go function adjusts your speed to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead.

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The stylish and luxurious SUV effortlessly accommodates the daily demands of Marnie’s business and personal life by providing space and versatility so nothing gets left behind.

“With baby coming and being really busy in the store, I needed a car that could provide a lot of space. I feel confident knowing that if I’m going to Melbourne, I’ll be able fill it to the hilt with boxes of clothes, a pram and everything else I need.”

Being a local business owner, Marnie knows too well the importance of shopping local and keeping business in Bendigo.

“We were always going to buy local. When Julian and I went into Bendigo Mazda, the deal they offered was amazing. Melbourne would not have been able to beat it.”

Photography: Gingerhouse Photography