Bastrop residents will no longer have to drive to Monroe to buy formal, evening and wedding gowns thanks to the opening of Array Bridal Boutique in Bastrop.
Array Bridal Boutique Owner Kila Smith-Melancon is originally from Bastrop and chose to come back in order to open up her own business.
“I'm excited to help the brides find what they are looking for,” Smith-Melancon said.
According to Smith-Melancon, helping brides find the perfect dress isn't the only thing she hopes to do with this business. She is also certified as an event planner, a certification that she gained online from the New York Institute of Art and Design. She said so far her planning experience has been limited to family and friends, but she hopes to be able to expand her clientele once her shop is open for business.
“It's been overwhelming, the support, and people who want to get in and see what I have,” Smith-Melancon said.
A ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Bastrop-Morehouse Chamber of Commerce was held Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the boutique. Bastrop Mayor Arthur Jones was unable to attend because he was out of town, but his secretary Shirley Stewart was there to speak on his behalf.
“On behalf of the mayor, he sends his excitement about the business,” Stewart said. “We are thankful to you for putting your trust with the city and people of Morehouse Parish to make your dream a reality. Just think how important it is for people not to have to drive to Monroe or Ruston to get the perfect dress.”
“Like she said—your faith in us makes us proud,” Chamber Executive Director Dorothy Ford said.
“Let me just say, we're proud of your business and we would like to see people drive from Monroe to come here,” Chamber President Robert Shaw said.