San Luis Obispo is full of great local vendors that are coming together and that’s just one reason why this community is so special. Newest evidence of that are two new formal wear shops that have opened in the last month and joined our wedding ‘collaborative’. This week I really wanted to highlight their efforts and offerings. No longer do local couples necessarily need to venture down to Santa Barbara, LA, or San Francisco for their wedding garb. Something Bridal located in San Luis Obispo and Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear in Grover Beach are the new kids on our block, joining wonderful vendors that already ‘keep it local’ like the talented Jennifer Allen of Something Blue and A Heart’s Desire Bridal here on our central coast. I’m happy to share these great new vendors and hope to see some real weddings with their contributions here at The Casitas Estate.
Walk into Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear and you’ll likely be welcomed with shop owner Valerie Shumaker giving you a ‘Hey Gorgeous!’ shout out to start your shopping on a fabulous note—as it should be when you are walking in for a tuxedo, prom dress, or flower girl brainstorm session with Valerie. What I love about this lady’s vivacious and contagious enthusiasm is it all fits with why you are in her shop – not only will you have a great time at your wedding or spring formal but you’ll have a blast finding that perfect cocktail dress. Valerie is all about having you accessorized so you get a true feel of what your look could be as you try on a few of her offerings.
Valerie was just featured in last month’s New Times SLO. “I enjoy making everyone’s experience something that makes them want to come back,” she said. “I love to see them feel beautiful and find a look that makes them even more confident.”
Valerie is offering an incentive for groomsmen and the groom with a ‘rent 6 tuxes, and get #7 free’ and currently specializes in prom, cocktail, flowergirl, and bridesmaids dresses. Pop into Hey Gorgeous! Formal Wear in Grover Beach with your besties, you’ll be in great hands with Valerie’s talents, support, and savvy fashion sense.
Tony and I stopped in at new owner, Reanna Janowicz’s grand opening of Something Bridal Boutique and we were blown away with trends of color and separates as well as gowns that are sustainable, pretty cool offerings. Reanna currently carries these North American designers: Aria, Cicada Bridal, Claire Pettibone, and Pure Magnolia. I think that also counts as keeping it local, when it comes to who is making your designer gowns!
Cake Cathedral mini-cakes will be served with white wine. Jenny Perello, owner of Cake Cathedral, (a designer in her own rights), and featured on shows like David Tutera‘s Unveiled and My Fair Wedding will be creating these cakes, inspired by some of Pure Magnolia‘s printed dresses. Visit Reanna tomorrow and welcome her new business at Something Bridal‘s first trunk show! The store is located at 1349 Monterey St. in downtown SLO.