Two Bridal Shops--One Location
If there’s a wedding in your future, you could be spending some time in Downtown Worthington, home to La Jeune Mariee and LUXEredux bridal boutiques. Lindsay Fork, a self-professed lover of all things bridal, purchased La Jeune Mariee from the previous owner in 2008. Prior to that, Columbus brides didn’t have many options when looking for a wedding gown, at least not the upscale wedding gowns found at this location.
Today this special-order, traditional bridal boutique carries designer and couture gowns that range in price from $2,000 up to and exceeding $7,000. “I am very particular about the lines I pick up,” Fork said. “I want to be comfortable selling it to a person.” That’s why she carries 100 percent silk gowns made from quality designer fabric—no polyester. All dresses are custom-made for the bride.
After owning La Jeune Mariee for a few years, Fork decided to launch another bridal concept—LUXEredux. Already busting at the seams with inventory, she initially imagined it as a never-ending sample sale. But this wasn’t an entirely new concept since similar shops already existed in many larger cities. Fork just approached it a bit differently. “Just because somebody is on a budget doesn’t mean they should get less of an experience,” she said. So she refinished the space above her shop, hired someone to run it, and created the same experience—except these dresses are marked down 30 to 90 percent depending on how old the dress is and how long it’s been around. LUXEredux opened in July 2011 and currently has about 300 to 400 dresses in stock.
Fork, a recent bride herself, loves the job, but she admits that it’s still a job. In fact, it’s not unusual for her to work with a bride for an entire year. Even still, Fork is thankful that her bridal concepts have been successful and that the shops are so centrally located. “Worthington has a lot of great appeal with great access to freeways, and that helps to attract people
from around Columbus,” she said. Even on Farmers Market Saturdays, people respect that her boutiques operate by appointment only. After all, window-shopping can be equally fun.
For more information about La Jeune Mariee and LUXEredux, visit http://visitworthingtonohio.com/la-jeune-mariee-bridal-boutique/.