Tara’s Bridal brings dazzling dresses back to Worthington
WORTHINGTON — Even as the Northland Mall was falling into disrepair and losing retailers prior to its demolition in 2016, people still made a point to shop for dresses at Tara’s Sewing Shop.
After a few years without a clothing store and a lengthy search for a new location, Tara Kraft on Friday gleefully hosted a grand opening for her new store, Tara’s Bridal.
“No matter how bad it was at the mall, people still looked for me, so hopefully they will look for me now,” Kraft said with a smile.
The retail store, located at 1607 N. McMillan St., will offer custom-fitting dresses for all ages, along with accessories, bags, casual tops, tuxedo suits and more.
It’s one of two new locations Kraft and her family will be running. Customers should always go to the retail location on McMillan Street first, and those that get appointments to try on dresses or make adjustments to their dress will be brought to a second location just down the road at 724 Oxford St..
The larger Oxford Street location features a lounge area and holds an ample inventory of special dresses for special occasions — namely prom, formals, weddings and Quinceañeras. Inside are fitting rooms and display rooms, where customers can model their dresses in front of friends and loved ones.
At her new store, Kraft will not longer sew together entire dresses herself, instead ordering dresses for customers and making adjustments to create a perfect fit.
“We will fit it to the client’s body, because the dress doesn’t come perfect,” she said.
Kraft learned to sew while studying manufacturing at college in her native country of Trinidad. She took her talents to Worthington and opened Tara’s Sewing Shop in 2004. She and her husband, Bruce, opened Colonial Laundromat a year later and still run it to this day.
Their daughters Angel, Brianna and Kimberly — who currently are employed at the laundromat — worked hard to convert the Oxford Street location, formerly a hair salon, into a bridal shop.
From here on out, Brianna and Kimberly will spend more time working at Tara’s Bridal, and Kraft hired two more employees to help.
In addition to clothes, Tara’s Bridal will also be selling spin mop and bucket packages. The first 10 customers to purchase a dress will get one free.
The bridal shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.