New dress boutique opens in Ox­ford

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Chris Bar­ber cbar­ber@21st-cen­tu­ry­

OX­FORD >> When it comes time to get a lit­tle dressy, the women of the Ox­ford area won’t have to go out of town to find the thing to wear.

Three women have joined to ful­fill their dreams of own­ing a dress shop and have opened Lola’s on South Third Street in the bor­ough.

On Satur­day, they held their grand open­ing celebration with an open house.

For Deb Bakalez, own­ing a dress shop was some­thing she wanted to do from the time she was a lit­tle girl. She found a mu­tual in­ter­est with her part­ners Debra Kline and Nancy Ware Sapp.

As Bakalez tells it, she con­nected with Kline about a year ago. “Nancy had a vi­sion to do some­thing in town,” she said. With that the idea took root.

They agreed that a dress shop was some­thing the town needed, and in fact have been told by friends, “It’s about time.”

They call it Lola’s for two rea­sons: One is that Bakalez’s nick­name is Lola. The other is that the let­ters are an acro­nym for Lots of Lovely Ap­parel.

They ob­tained a build­ing that had for­merly held of­fices and gut­ted the whole thing. In the new space they in­stalled fresh floors, light­ing, dis­play ar­eas and fresh walls. Then they flew to Dal­las, Texas, — a shop­ping Mecca for de­sign­ers — and pur­chased a fall lime of cloth­ing.

They stock a wide range of cloth­ing, ac­ces­sories, jew­elry and cos­met­ics.

“We go from size 0 to size 28 and serve peo­ple from age 8 to 86,” Bakalez said.

The styles they stock are ap­pro­pri­ate for busi­ness wear and more dressy ca­sual. They also dresses for proms and spe­cial oc­ca­sions as well as up­scale jeans in the $80 to $90 price range.

Through­out the store, cus­tomers will find items that are also ap­pro­pri­ate to give as host­ess gifts like lit­tle boxed ear­rings or a tea towel that says “Home Town” and has a tiny map of Ox­ford em­broi­dered into a patch on it.

Bakalez says run­ning the store is an on­go­ing process, be­cause they have to keep up with the sea­sons that are ap­proach­ing. Cur­rently they have win­ter clothes, but mid-win­ter they will travel to Dal­las again and pick out their spring se­lec­tions.

All of the women are in their 40s, and they all grew up in the Ox­ford area.

“It’s a bless­ing,” Bakalez said of the new store.


Deb Bakalez and Debra Kline dis­play a tea towel that is one of the items for sale at their new store on Third Street.

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