Bridal shop moves to new PV venue
Q & A with Shari Curry Camp, owner of Elegant Brides at 6616 E. 2nd St., Suite A, Prescott Valley. She previously operated the shop for seven years at 8532 E. Highway 69, Prescott Valley. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 772-7440.
Q: How long have you been in business and why did you move?
A: "Eleven years. I started in the White Mountains, where I raised my (11) kids. I just moved into this (location) July 1. (It's) probably about 300 square feet bigger."
Q: What service do you provide to the community?
A: "I sell wedding gowns, quinceanera (dresses), beauty pageant and Cinderella dresses and tuxedo rentals.
"I do a lot of alterations for the police department uniforms, and the (uniforms for) marshals and the county volunteers. And the in-house alterations on all of my clothing. I have been a seamstress for 35 years."
Q: What attracted you to the bridal business?
A: "I sewed for a bridal shop out of Show Low for 15 years, and I decided to open my own shop. I was a UPS driver, and I sewed nights for a bridal shop and then decided I'm going to open my own shop - mainly to free up my time with my children. Owning your own business frees you when you want to go to a child's event."
Q: What is the best business advice you have given or received?
A: "Keep your costs down. I bar down the hatches during hard times, and I do all my own hours and my own alterations.
"Don't jump into expensive merchandise and anything like that."
Q: What has been your biggest business challenge?
A: "Finding enough time. There is not enough of me. Not enough hours in the day. Trying to keep up with all the demands on me."
Q: What is your key to business success?
A: "Catering to your customers, treating them as if they are your own daughter and wanting to have the most beautiful (wedding) experience."
Q: What kind of charities or volunteering do you support?
A: "I help the Mr. Bradshaw (competition at Bradshaw Mountain High School). I donated all the tuxedos (for rentals). The boys really appreciated it."
Q: What is your long-range goal?
A: "I want to sell the business and get into the semi with my husband. I do travel a lot with him. I'm 50, and we have 11 children and 16 grandchildren. We enjoy being in the semi and traveling in the United States."
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