1. Who are you and how did you get into this business?
I am a woman on a mission to bring sophisticated frocks & an intimate bridal experience to Southeastern Michigan & Northwest Ohio. My inspiration comes from years of loving fashion and growing up loving all things with frills & sparkles! As a young girl and teenager, I danced for a Toledo dance company – my passion has transitioned into helping women finding their dream gown in the last ‘dress rehearsal’ before one of the most special days of their life.
2. What type of dresses will you be carrying? What are the price ranges and will you also be carrying bridesmaids dresses?
The Gown Shop is starting with a collection of four different designers from across the country: Modern Trousseau, Amy Kuschel, Carol-Hannah and Fancy NY. The Gown Shop’s range begins at $1000 with the nontraditional gowns, short or tea length styles, and can reach up to $4500 with the more traditional silhouettes. At the current time, we will not be catering to bridesmaids dresses – I wanted to focus specifically on the bridal experience.
3. What are your store hours? Are you open to the public or by appointment only?
The Gown Shop will not have specific store hours – rather specific appointment times. The shop is strictly by appointment only, to once again ensure that each bride has the experience they deserve when finding their special gown.
4. Where are you located downtown? Where is the best place to park?
The Gown Shop is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor at 122 South Main Street, Unit 302 between Washington & Huron. There is metered parking on the street, as well as a number of parking lots and structures within a block or two.
5. What sets you apart from the other bridal stores out there?
The Gown Shop has a ‘shabby-glam’ approach that makes one feel cozy and at home, while delivering sophisticated frills that no girl can resist. We have the experience, romantic gowns and adorable designers that will make you swoon.
6. Any additional information you would like people to know?
A bit of advice for your shopping trip on that day: When it comes to wardrobe, it is best to wear nude undergarments on the day of your appointment – if one feels more comfortable wearing a body shaper, more power to you! Remember an associate will be in the fitting room with you to assist you into the gowns, so leave the flowered granny panties and neon pink bra at home for the day. Who to bring? -Only a few of your closest family & friends, those who respect your vision for your big day look!
7. How do you take your coffee?
Skinny Mocha – depending on the day, extra shots of espresso. That’s been happening a lot lately!
A HUGE thank you to Nicole Ladonne for the amazing pictures!