Couple opens Huntingburg bridal, baby shopsOctober 10, 2013
From local sources
HUNTINGBURG — Beth and Earl Carter of Huntingburg have opened Beth Carter Exquisite Bridal and Formalwear and BC baby on Fourth Street. The stores share an address — 324 E. Fourth St. — but have separate entrances.
The bridal shop, formerly Winning Apparel, offers bridal gowns; dresses for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and flowergirls; prom dresses; tuxedos; and accessories including veils, guest books, flowergirl baskets, toasting flutes, jewelry, shoes and bachelorette gear.
At BC baby, mothers and mothers-to-be can shop for items for children from newborn to 24 months, selecting items from Sozo, Under Armour Baby and Mayoral, a line from Spain. A shower registry is available.
“The Mayoral line has beautiful dresses,” Beth said. “They are dresses that you won’t find at garage sales but that are passed down through generations.”
The store has a play area with Calico Critters for the girls and a car mat for the boys.
“We were only planning to open the bridal shop, but people in the community asked us not to get rid of the baby items that Dorothy (Hasenour) carried (at Winning Apparel),” Beth said. “Getting married and having a child are two of the most life-altering, happy moments in life. We are here to help with both.”
Before opening, the Carters did extensive renovation to the building, taking out a wall to make room for three 7-by-7 women’s dressing rooms and two dressing rooms for men being fitted for tuxedos. A sewing room was added, two sitting areas were created for brides-to-be and a “man cave,” complete with a flat-screen television and beverage-filled cooler, was added for fathers, grooms-to-be and groomsmen waiting to be fitted for a tux or waiting on a woman.
Christine Buening, who has worked in retail for more than 25 years, and Lauren Sergesketter, a certified wedding and event planner, work as bridal consultants, while seamstresses Brenda Black and Melissa Pleiss make necessary alterations.
“This is a new venture for us and we are really excited about it,” Beth said. She and her husband owned Holland Dairy from 1987 until 1999 when they sold it to Prairie Farms. “The building (on Fourth Street) became available and this is something we had discussed for two years. Now that our kids (Zach Whitsitt, 25, and Zeth Whitsitt, 23) are grown and out of the house, we decided this was a good time to take the next step and start the business.”
Quality and customer service are important to the Carters. Bridal gowns by Mori Lee and David Tetura will soon be available and the couple is continuing a drop-off dry cleaning service offered by Hasenour. Items are picked up and cleaned by Hilgers Laundry & Cleaners, Tell City, every day but Sundays. Customers who bring in items to be cleaned Mondays through Thursdays can pick them up the next day.
The Carters will mark the grand opening of their businesses with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18; light refreshments will be served from 4 to 6 p.m.
Both stores are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays by appointment.
The phone number is 683-3777. The website is at www.bethcarter.us and both stores can be found on Facebook.
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