What a way to celebrate your 35th anniversary! Brent L. Miller Jewelers & Goldsmiths is now located in a stand-alone building at 1610 Manheim Pike (just across from its previous location in Chelsea Square) that you can’t help but notice! Mother-son owners Jo and Ryan Miller took the green route by infusing an established building with a new purpose. Formerly the home of Precision Machine Company, the Millers worked with Beers & Hoffman Ltd. Architects and Warfel Construction to transform the building into a jewel. At 7,500 square-feet, it more than doubles the size of the former store. The unique, curved-glass entrance/foyer ushers visitors into a modern space that offers a larger display floor, ample work areas for goldsmiths, as well as a private room for selecting engagement rings and wedding bands.
First it was bathing suits. Then party dresses. Next up was fashions for little girls. Last year, Shoshanna Gruss was named Style Director for Elizabeth Arden. Now, Shoshanna is conquering the world of bridal. She began with bridesmaid dresses that are truly stylish, form flattering and can definitely be worn long after the wedding is over. Last year, Shoshanna unveiled her new line of bridal dresses that are geared to what she calls the “casual bride,” whose big day may be taking place at the beach, in her parents’ backyard or at a favorite restaurant. The line of 10 white dresses is also perfect for the bride who wants to change into a fun and comfortable dress for the reception. Shoshanna’s description of her dresses – the life of the party – says it all.
Sources for Shoshanna fashions can be found along the Main Line and in Philadelphia (as well as in Washington, D.C.). For store locations, visit Shoshanna.com
The new TLC show, Something Borrowed, Something New could have been inspired by Sonia Holbrook, owner of Sonia Rose in downtown Lancaster. Several years ago, Sonia had an idea that involved recycling. The premise combined wedding gowns that were taking up storage space and her love of creating one-of-a-kind bags that are perfect for those social occasions that require something special. Yes, you can take grandma’s wedding gown to Sonia and she can create a memory bag that would be the perfect accessory for … you guessed it, a wedding. Or, if you’re getting married and because of alterations, you have fabric from your own gown, with Sonia’s help, you could create a future heirloom. Also, be sure to check out the shop’s array of accessories, fur cover-ups, lingerie and more.
50 N. Queen St., Lancaster. 394-3700.
If the answer is yes, you’ll really love the Wayne-based company’s bridal division, BHLDN, which launched its latest collection – Iconic – in late November. This collection stays true to BHLDN’s skill at providing brides with the airy and comfortable vintage and bohemian looks that embody today’s weddings. While the designs may be inspired by recent fashion history – ’20 to ‘60s – BHLDN is adding very modern elements to its collections, including mother-of-the-bride fashions, bridal accessories, fun reception dresses, etc. If you’re planning a beach wedding, BHDLN is for you! Fabrics include silk, crepe, satin and lace.
Where can you get BHLDN? A short road trip to Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) will be necessary (there’s also a store in New York). But, what the heck! You can make a pit stop at the famous Georgetown Cupcake.
3222 M. St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 202-337-1363. BHLDN.com.
After 37 years in Millersville, Weddings by Paulette owners Paula Pryer and Ethel Lawrence decided it was time to refocus and relocate. The latter meant searching for a more high-profile address. That was remedied when an employee happened to notice an ad on Craigslist for available space in the Village of Fiddlers Green in Neffsville. Hess Home Builders, which owns the shopping center, loved the idea of adding another woman-oriented business to the mix.
As for refocusing, Paula and Ethel will continue to concentrate on weddings. New bridal lines are being added and a new emphasis will be placed on contemporary fashions for mothers, as well as for bridesmaids. “Today’s mothers are much more fashion-conscious,” Paula says of those bridal VIPs. Considering that the shop is located in the vicinity of country clubs, hotels and other special-event venues, Paula and Ethel hope to attract women in need of special-occasion dresses, as well.
While the new shop is slightly smaller than the previous location, it is more streamlined. “The industry is going in the direction of boutique-like shops,” Paula notes of the atmosphere they are aiming to foster.
2503C Lititz Pike/Village of Fiddlers Green. Weddingsbypaulette.com.