Help Save Coming Attractions
$10,140 of $20,000 goal
Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in October, visited Coming Attractions for a fitting for her wedding gown while she was home in Ohio. When news broke that Amber had contracted Ebola, the effect on the bridal shop was devastating. Anna Younker, the owner, closed her business for 21 days to completely disinfect the shop and all of its contents at her own expense. She also lost over $100,000 in business at a critical time of the year. Even Amber cancelled her order. Insurance didn't cover any of the losses.
Amber survived. No one else got sick. But Coming Attractions is closing.
This is the message Anna placed on the Coming Attractions Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/comingattractionsbridal:
"I am sad to announce that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal is being forced to wind down its operations after thirty years of service due to the devastating effect that recent events have had on our business. Despite our best efforts, we simply have been unable to recover.
"If you have a dress currently on order with us or you are planning on placing an order, please do not worry. Coming Attractions will remain open until all existing orders are complete. If you are planning on placing an order all orders must be placed by January 31st, 2015. We will contact you when your merchandise arrives and is ready for pickup. We will operate under normal business hours through January. Beginning February 1st, our business hours will change.
"If you have any questions about your order or any other concerns, please stop in our store, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook.
"The decision for me to close was not easy for me. Over the years I have met and worked with the most amazing brides, mothers of brides, bridesmaids, prom girls and many other wonderful people.
"I want to thank all our customers, the people in our community and the well wishers from afar for being so supportive. Your kind words and loyalty have been great comfort.
"I also want to thank my amazing staff for all of their hard work and dedication to our customers and our business. I appreciate your understanding and support."
I called Anna today after hearing the news that they were closing, and asked for her permission to set up this fundraiser. She was very grateful but declined, saying she just couldn't ask people to help. I persuaded her.
Here is my goal - I hope to raise enough that Anna can place orders for inventory for the upcoming bridal season. This is the time of the year she has to do it. If she can't, she'll be forced to go out of business, and her four employees with be out of a job. I don't want that. It will take at least $60,000 to keep them going. I've set the goal at only $20,000, but I'd love to beat it. Will you help? And share? Thank you so much!
Thank you all so very, very much for getting us to this milestone. Anna is beyond grateful to you all.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping me help her. I love you all!
It is unfortunate that the CDC caused so much panic and the bridal shop had to take such drastic measure. However, AMBER DID NOT CANCEL HER ORDER. In fact, she had already purchased and picked up her wedding gown the day she was in the shop. She was there to order dresses for her bridesmaids. Due to all of the negative press, I believe some actions to cancel the bridesmaids dresses was taken. Interesting enough it took until January 2015 for Amber's veil to arrive although it too was ordered in June 2014. That's right, she purchased her gown and veil there . Let's be sure we tell the whole truth when telling the story.
While I cannot afford a monetary donation at this time, I will be purchasing my daughters winter formal dress from Coming Attractions to help bring them some business. I know I am only one person, but change and help has to start somewhere!
Wish I could help but my family is trying to raise money for our daughters medical expenses.. I'm sharing your link on my Facebook to spread the word. Good luck to you ! Wish I could do more :(
Sandy, I started the page with the goal of helping to keep them open, but we'd have to raise $60K for them to place their semiannual inventory order. I don't know if that's possible, but I'm hoping. Anything we reach will go towards at least helping them over the next few months as they wind everything down and fulfill all orders. They have a staff of four and they have been bleeding money since October. If nothing else, I am hoping the employees will not lose their jobs as the shop goes through its closure process. Any questions, please feel free to email me at savecomingattractions.com. I will be more than happy to fill you in. :)
I am confused. Per interview with paper store is closing even with city's offer to help. What are the funds for ?
I cant afford to help out, But im sharing the link. I hope the store can be saved. I hate too see a local business close due to this!
I shared on Facebook, and also posted link to this on the Yahoo news article where I first saw it.
Sad you are so bitter Yvonne....I will pray for your soul to receive the love around this site
Thank you, Gerald! The more media attention, the better. I'm so happy we're able to help Anna and her employees. :)
Great news Terri. I tweeted this to Bill Wills, the morning show host on WTAM 1100AM in Cleveland and he retweeted it!
I bought my beautiful wedding dress there. Always the first words out of every bride Corning Attractions. . Let's go. I hope she can pull through.
She should be able to sue AMBER. The woman knew what she was doing, and insisted on putting others at risk. This shop owner will lose her and her employees livelyhood for doing the RIGHT thing.
Sending support and sharing in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada. Hope to help you out, and combat ignorance about Ebola. Love!
Thank you everyone for your donations thus far. Everyone's support means so much to us. We never expected anything like this. The support is overwhelming!!
Please donate!I just bought mm wedding dress here and was supposed to have my first fitting on Saturday. Please help keep them open!!
Thank you all for being so supportive!
Thank you for creating this. I hope others will share & hopefully save some of her small business. ITS TIME FOR POSITIVE MEDIA ATTN!
As a bridal shop owner myself, I know this could happen to any of us really in any business...This is not about right or wrong, it's about saving one store that suffered a tragic loss - I hope people can do this for her.