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Mindy's Bridal Dress Shop

Mindy's Bridal Dress Shop: Care & Craftsmanship

Mindy's Bridal Dress Shop opened in 1999, but master seamstress and dressmaker Mindy Tennant has been pursuing her craft "half my life."

In addition to bridal gowns, Mindy's also offers dresses for prom and special occasions such as quinceañera. Mindy makes custom gowns–about 40 percent of her bridal dress sales–"from the ground up"; the rest are ordered from major manufacturers. Surprisingly, Mindy can create a custom gown in about three months, while the ordered gowns take easily two to three times as long to arrive.

Prom season is a busy time, Mindy says, and it starts in December and January when girls come in to reserve their dresses. Mindy keeps careful records to make sure not to sell the same gown to more than one girl from the same school. "I hold the line!" she says with a laugh.

Other than occasional help with detail work such as sewing on hooks and eyes or buttons, Mindy makes each custom gown herself. "I manage my time really well," she says, "and I trust myself. I know what I'm doing."

That know-how, as well as the way she takes care of her customers, have enabled Mindy's business to grow through positive word-of-mouth. "I like to help the girls," she said. "I look forward to that."


Mindy's Bridal Dress Shop is at 4319 Holt Road, Holt, 694-2887.    
Last updated: February-27-2014

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