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Bridal boutique slated for February opening in East Cocalico Township

Tiffany Rupert is a first-time business owner. Her bridal boutique in East Cocalico Township is a woman- and veteran-owned business. - (Photo / Submitted)

A long-standing coffee shop in East Cocalico Township is being converted into a bridal boutique.

Tiffany’s Bridal Boutique will open Feb. 6 at 1832 N. Reading Rd.

Owner Tiffany Rupert will sell wedding gowns and accessories, and plans to add bridesmaid dresses once the business is well-established.

Tiffany’s Bridal is located in a strip center with two other stores — a trophy shop and a bake shop. It was previously a café called Naturally Grounded, which occupied the space for about two years, according to East Cocalico Township Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Tony Luongo.

The 1,200-square-foot space is currently under renovation. Rupert’s husband, Jonathan Rupert, is undertaking the renovations with help from friends.

The renovations are minimal but include painting, taking down some lights, and in one room, extending the walls so they go all the way to the ceiling for a dressing room.

Tiffany Rupert estimates the total cost will be about $3,000.

Manheim-based RedX Web Design, previously JR Design, is handling marketing for the boutique.

The venture is Tiffany Rupert’s first time owning a business. In college, she majored in criminal justice. Since then, she served in the U.S. Navy from 2004 to 2008, and worked an assortment of sales jobs, including one at a bridal boutique in Ephrata.

Her time in the bridal shop led her to her true calling — opening one of her own.

“It’s always been on my mind to do it,” she said.

Establishing a line of credit with the bank, she took the plunge and signed a lease close to where she grew up in Lancaster County.

Although Rupert has never owned her own business, she did help run operations while working at the bridal shop in Ephrata. The experience gave her the opportunity to go to Chicago for a bridal show and learn about the industry and its brands.

She decided her shop will only feature wedding gowns from Utah-based Maggie Sottero Designs LLC. The prices are reasonable for the quality, and she’s familiar with the brand.

“I wore it, so I know it’s a good brand,” Rupert said.

Store hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday the store will be open only for appointments, which are encouraged for anyone planning to try on dresses.

Lenay Ruhl