Bride to be wonders status of dresses after Princess Bride closes shop

By KBJR News 1

January 11, 2014 Updated Jan 11, 2014 at 7:17 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Brides to be from across the Northland gathered at the DECC today to get advice about planning their perfect wedding day, but one vendor was absent from the show.

"Princess Bride has been one of our exhibitors in this Duluth bridal show for 20 plus years," said Tracy Lundeen, event organizer.

The bridal shop in Duluth pulled out of the 26th annual bridal show last minute, and were also no where to be found at their store front.

"I thought it would be a good place to stop but apparently not," said Michelle Nykanen, a Duluth woman who was looking for a wedding dress.

A sign on the door of the shop located on Mall Drive in Duluth spells out a notice by its property owner for alleged financial hardship and another note saying they are working on the problem. That problem has left some brides to be wondering where their dresses are.

"Last Monday I called just checking on the delivery times and she had given us a later date then when we first talked about it and I thought that was a but odd, and we have yet to be on contact with her," said Lauren Verhel, a Bride-to-be.

Having grown up in Duluth, Verhel says she has worked with the shop owners for many years and has never had a problem until now.

"I think right now the biggest inconvenience is not knowing the status of those orders," said Verhel.

She has since found another way of getting her wedding gown for the big day in April, and is now wondering the status of her bridesmaid's dresses.

"We are still unsure of where the bridesmaid dresses are, if they were even ordered, how much money was put down."

Other companies at the bridal show were eager to step in and lend a helping hand.

"Local business owners are here to help and we appreciate the opportunity to work with them from beginning to end," said Rhonda Grussendorf Tomlin, owner of Always and Forever Bridal House in Superior.

"I'm hoping that she will make an effort to call the brides and inform them of where they dresses are and complete the transactions that she has already put in place," said Verhel.

The business recently closed its Hibbing location.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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