A new bridal store opened this month in Bellefonte, strengthening the area’s placement as a go-to spot for brides and girls hunting to spice up their wardrobe.
Businesswoman Lydia Shafer opened Lock Bridal at 141 W. Higher St. It’s at the very least the 2nd bridal store in the Nittany Valley Area, joining Formalities in neighboring Spring Township.
Shafer also owns Lock Boutique, one particular of 3 women’s clothing retailers in Bellefonte. The spot, Shafer wrote in an electronic mail, is a “shopping location for all brides.”
“I hope Lock Bridal is a position wherever individuals depart feeling joyful. Joyful with the time expended in the boutique, happy with the men and women they shared the knowledge with and satisfied with their new wedding day robe,” Shafer wrote. “During my time as a wedding day photographer, I uncovered that setting up a marriage isn’t easy. If I can make just one aspect of a bride’s marriage scheduling pleasurable and simple, that’s a gain.”
The Lock Haven indigenous identified her enthusiasm for photography and weddings about five several years in the past. She continued down that path until eventually 2020, when the coronavirus compelled lots of partners to postpone their nuptials.
Nearly 50 percent of couples who planned to wed in 2020 postponed their celebrations to 2021 or later, according to a study carried out by on-line wedding ceremony preparing platform The Knot.
The fashionista stepped back again from wedding day pictures initiatives and in its place turned towards curating a stylish line for Lock.
She manufactured friends along the way, together with Diamonds and Lace Bridal owner Diana Zeisky, who closed her Condition University-area bridal shop in December immediately after approximately 15 a long time in company. Shafer knew there would be void in the bridal market and squandered no time to seize the opportunity.
She bought the keys for the house straight across from the boutique in January, took a month to spruce up the setting up and opened Feb. 12.
“My spouse will explain to you that I’m not a really affected person human being,” Shafer wrote. “… I’m a huge believer that if issues in a natural way tumble into spot, then it is intended to be.”
Lock’s assortment capabilities robes from numerous distinct designers. Every single was handpicked by Shafer, who ideas to vacation in April to a spring bridal show in Atlanta to locate a lot more attire that have a typical style with a modern twist.
Appointments can be booked on line at lockbridal.com. An hourlong private session with up to 4 attendees is complimentary, when other selections price up to $250.
“Lock Boutique and Lock Bridal’s major mission is to bring the entire world of style to our spot,” Shafer wrote. “In the past, it was demanding to shop local for the kinds you would see on Instagram and Pinterest. That will need is what influenced me to create the Lock brand.”