The Ultimate Bride bridal shop moved to Richmond Heights at 1115 S. Big Bend Boulevard after its previous location at 1512 S. Brentwood Boulevard . Store Manager Hope Ciuffa said the new site is a much bigger space and benefits from being right next door to a popular nail salon, .
The business opened its doors May 23 after nearly nine months of work to rehab the building inside and out, which Ciuffa said had previously been home to a Walgreens and a hardware store.
The decor and layout is an upgrade from the previous location, according to Ciuffa. She said it allows them plenty of space to feature their selection of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses, which can be purchased in the store or custom ordered. Groomsman can also be outfitted for the ceremonty through The Ultimate Bride's partnership with Savvi Formalwear.
Although wedding season is in full swing, the store's busiest time of year has passed. Typically, Ciuffa said, most marriage proposals are made during the holidays, which means January and February brings brides-to-be bustling through their doors.
"The first thing people want to do is buy the dress," she said.