by Liz Fox
Posted 2/25/2013 12:00 am
A Wedding Palooza & Events Bridal, a bridal boutique offering fashion and consulting services, recently opened in Conway.
The new business is located in a 2,500-SF rental property at 1030 Front St. Owner and wedding planner Tammy Spand is now the business’ only employee, but she hopes that changes.
“I hope the business is doing so well that I can have full-time employees,” Spand said.
Spand previously worked for America’s Car-Mart in Conway, holding various positions in sales, administration and finance. Not until she renewed her own vows on her 15th wedding anniversary did she think about working as a wedding consultant.
After more than a year of self-employment, she decided to establish a permanent place of business.
“I started a wedding and event planning business about a year ago, and I decided that wasn’t enough,” Spand said. “That’s why I decided to go ahead and open up the bridal store since the one in Conway shut down.”
Opening and operating A Wedding Palooza’s storefront has cost her $4,000 to $5,000 so far, Spand said. Much of that money has gone toward the expense of setting up her Front Street business, which serves more as a consulting location than a full-on boutique.
“The [expenses] haven’t really gone to merchandise yet,” Spand said. “I’m mostly buying stock in the building, like displays, racks, rent and utilities. But I do have some dresses and a little bit of stock.”
Most of the dresses, handbags and other offerings are expected to be purchased in late March, when Spand will decide whether some merchandise will be exclusive to her store.
Spand has high aspirations for her business. Her services include multiple bridal packages and consist of consulting, decorating and purchasing for customers, all of which add up to what she calls a “unique bridal experience.”
“I hope that everybody will want to come to my bridal shop for the experience,” Spand said. “I want to be well known.”
A Wedding Palooza & Events Bridal’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call Spand at (501) 358-3511 or visit AWeddingPaloozaandEvents.com.