New dress boutique opens in Oxford
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.