We recently blogged about the benefits to buying your gown in store vs online. There are certainly benefits to shopping online, but the bottom line - in our humble opinion - is that you should purchase your items from a local shop where they are interested in getting to know you, listening to you and accommodating you.
Our friends at JFW are at it again with their own helpful takes on the subject, so as a followup, here are their reasons for shopping local and in store!
THE TOP FIVE REASONS TO BUY LOCAL
You will receive better customer service than you would at big box stores. Local retailers go the extra mile because they depend on your satisfaction.
Local retailers give back to your community through donations and advertising dollars. We pride ourselves at BT on being heavily involved in our community and in promoting community events.
Tax dollars spent in your community support local schools, police departments and firefighters.
You help create and sustain local jobs. Small businesses are the largest employers nationally.
Go green and reduce your environmental footprint through shorter trips to a local store.
We agree whole-heartedly. We not only give back in our community, have hired people who are BT regulars or collaborators, but we keep up with many of our clients long after the purchase is just a memory.
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.