The Fancy Frock
Bridal & Formal Wear Boutique
Owner & Manager of The Fancy Frock
As for me, I always knew I would do something entrepreneurial but had no idea it would be to this scale. I am a certified teacher with an M. Ed. in ESE so my 'trained' expertise is in education, not business. Regardless of this, I always knew my love for color & design would ultimately win out! I have always loved design in all forms and have been obsessed with color, patterns & texture for as long as I can remember. I was the kid who lived for new crayons & the paint with water books my grandma used to buy for me! I have attended art school for interior design and am certified in Art K-12 but now I get to apply my true passion to my love of helping others and making them look & feel their best on their special day while being creative.
The original concept of The Fancy Frock was created from my need to relieve stress when I came home from my day of teaching, thus developing the hand made, custom accessory line, Plumes 'n Blooms, that can be found here at the shop and on my Etsy site. It has evolved into an enjoyable & successful perk of owning a bridal shop providing one-of-a-kind bridal accessories & boutique items for little girls.
We all have natural, God-given talents and I am thankful to have found mine.
When you walk in the door, please don't feel as if I am staring right through you, my mind is just already working full speed ahead to discover your unique combination of skin tone, hair color, eye color, etc. in order to assist you in finding the perfect dress or accessory. I'm a very good listener and tend to get excited easily, especially when being creative. I also talk with my hands and can be quite animated- this is the Italian & Pisces in me :)
I've recently married my soulmate and the most amazing man in the world, Will! If you come in, you'll surely meet him as he is a tremendous help with the business! I have 2 gorgeous kids, daughter Emily, age 24 & son Granger, age 17 & my adorable & entertaining stepson, Gio, age 8. You will occasionally see them in the shop helping me out. I also have 3 fur babies at home- 2 Himi Persians & 1 mini Aussie that I would bring to the shop if I could! Heck, I'd open my own animal shelter if there were more hours in each day! :)
One last bit of info on me- mention anything about Depeche Mode to me and you'll be a friend for life!
Owner of Alterations by Suny
& Co-Manager of The Fancy Frock
Suny is a highly skilled, master tailor & seamstress bringing over 40 years of experience & expertise to the boutique. The alterations department is owned solely by Suny which allows for the best pricing along with top quality service & attention to detail. She provides alterations & tailoring on all types of clothing, uniforms, jeans, costumes, window panels and pretty much everything else! She is also acting manager for the boutique & is very knowledgeable in all things bridal...and basically in all things of life! Suny is my sidekick, my daily form of entertainment, my shoulder to cry on, my book of knowledge & my prayer warrior...she's my rock...and this is why most people now know her as 'Super Suny"- because she truly is! I've never met a harder working woman than Suny and this is why she has become very popular & highly respected in our community!
Suny came to the states from Cuba in the mid-80's and had always dreamed of owning her own alterations business. She lives locally with her supportive & always kind husband, and has 2 beautiful, grown children. Her 2 adorable grandsons are her ultimate pride & joy!
If you don't already know this, God has a funny way of bringing things about and sometimes what we plan for our own lives isn't even half of what He can & will do with it!
The very first time the thought of opening a bridal boutique in Wesley Chapel came to me was almost 9 years ago, and it was mostly a product of my constant daydreaming & desire to somehow be more creative. Some of us must be creative to be happy, and as a teacher, that ability was quickly disappearing. Partly out of curiosity, I began to make a plan but it was to be a few more years before the shop would actually become a reality....and it wasn't until I fully surrendered to God's plan- not mine- that the concept of The Fancy Frock began unfolding...
I won't go into the whole story now (which is quite amazing & supernatural) but if you're ever interested, please do ask! I love telling it over & over, and I love sharing how God has worked through this shop. Even the way Suny & I were brought into this together is a remarkable story that we still just shake our heads at in amazement, but we can leave that for discussion in person if you are curious!
One thing I can say for sure is that when you come into my boutique and/or receive alteration services from Suny, you will walk in and immediately feel a difference. You will also receive our very best in every way possible as we are constantly striving to be a stand-out shop that you'll not only love visiting but will remember long after. We feel truly blessed to be able to do what we love and have such passion for. We are pretty sure you will see & feel this too when you visit The Fancy Frock & Alterations by Suny.We may not be the biggest out there, but the best things usually come in smaller, neatly, uniquely & creatively wrapped packages!