Post # 1
Any suggestions on shops to buy bridesmaids dresses in the Akron area? I’m a transplant from Pittsburgh so I’m not too familiar with the business around this area — used to work at a small shop in Pittsburgh so I’d like to stay true to the small business owners and check out smaller shops in Akron. I’ve been to David’s Bridal – my experience was just OK. I’d like to check out some other places. Thanks for your help!!
Post # 3
@sarg88: I drove a bit to Hartville and went to Doreen Leaf Bridal, and they were awesome. I also went to Toula’s Bridal in Canfield (a bit longer of a drive) and they had an awesome selection as well and were sooo nice to me. i met the owner, who was really great. Doreen leaf allowed pictures, but Toula’s said they only allowed pictures of your favorite dress. Catan’s in Strongsville has a huge selection of gowns, but not as great of customer service.
In terms of budget, I saw a ton of dresses at Catan’s below 1k. Doreen Leaf went up to around 2k, and Toula’s went from under 1k up to 4k. In terms of style, Doreen Leaf had a ton of satin gowns and not so much lace, whereas the other two had a pretty good mix!
Hope you have fun!
Post # 4
I bought my gown out of state, but I’ve heard good things about Catan’s in Strongsville. I went to Henri’s Cloud 9 in Minerva way back in high school for my prom dress and found their alterations team to be great; their whole upstairs is bridal, and I know they carry a fair number of midrange designers.
I had my alterations done at Dreams to Realities bridal in Medina and had a good experience. They seem to run a smaller shop for gowns but still carry some decent designers (Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, etc.), and I like that they contract independent seamstresses they match you with (Fittings are still done at the store, but if for example you need to schedule a fitting sometime the shop is closed, the seamstress can arrange it.)