A Bridal Boutique now open in Creekside
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:37 p.m.
After nearly 40 years in the bridal industry, Jeanel Coullias opened her first dress shop with daughter Andrea Stivender in the former Jay's Bridal.
A Bridal Boutique opened in November at 3501 SW Second Ave., across the Creekside Mall courtyard from their other business, The Grande Event, which provides event planning and rentals for weddings, corporate events and other parties. They held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday.
They opened The Grande Event three years ago and benefited from the proximity to Jay's Bridal.
“The girls would purchase their dresses and then come across the courtyard to plan their receptions,” Coullias said.
Business went down when Jay's closed in August 2012 after 77 years, citing the poor economy and competition from a big-box bridal shop and online vendors.
Stivender said A Bridal Boutique has not faced the same problems. She said they carry dress lines that are not available online or from David's Bridal, the big-box store.
“The brides are budget-conscious, but they've saved and they want to have the wedding that they want,” Stivender said.
Designers include Justin Alexander, Enzoani, Allure, Casablanca and Kathy Ireland. In addition to dresses for brides and bridal parties, the shop includes dresses for proms and other special events, as well as tuxedo rentals.
“We have 15 girls in there right now trying on prom dresses,” Coullias said on Monday afternoon.
Coullias started in the industry as a caterer and floral arranger and at one time owned Jeanel's Florist. She and Stivender owned and operated the Savannah Grande event venue and catering operation from 1997 to 2009.