I was heartbroken today when I found out that Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal was closing. You've probably heard of them, even if you don't know their name.
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!