For nearly 25 years, little girls’ dreams have come true on Main Street in downtown Elkin as they’ve found the perfect wedding dress or the most stylish shiny prom dress for their special occasion. But on Dec. 31, Carol’s Wedding Shop will open for the last time.
Carol Dobbins, a former school teacher, started the shop in 1991 in the mall in North Wilkesboro, and after a year, she opened in the building which now houses Meadows Trade N Post on East Main Street, explained Marlene Johnson, a friend of Dobbins’ who has been helping run the store in its final days of operation. Then several years ago, Carol’s Wedding Shop moved into its corner location at the intersection of Bridge and Main streets.
“She had wanted to retire but hadn’t,” said Johnson of Dobbins. “But due to her health, the store is closing.
“Everybody comes in and tells us how much she helped them,” she said of customers visiting for the store’s sales, which include prom dresses at 70 percent off and the rest of the store at 60 to 65 percent off.
Johnson and another friend, Becky Barker, have been helping out in the store since the last week of July. It’s final days open will include Thursday through Saturday of this week and then Monday through Thursday of the week between Christmas and New Year. The store will not be open the week of Christmas. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except Saturday which is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Dec. 28 which will be opening at noon.
“We are just friends helping out a friend,” Johnson said of the duo. “It’s been a learning experience for a lifetime.”
More than 200 wedding dresses are still in stock in the store, along with prom dresses, mother-of-the-bride dresses, cocktail dresses, shoes, jewelry, toasting glasses, register books, silk flowers, ring bearer pillows, flower girl dresses, scarves, wraps, gloves, body shapers and more.
“She was a school teacher, and she said her kids at school encouraged her to start the business with dresses for prom,” said Johnson. “A lot of them come here and she’s sold them prom dresses through the years. As they grew up, they came and bought from here.”
She said Dobbins’ plans are to stay home and enjoy life and get out and go when she can.
“Helping all the girls come in and get ready for their prom and wedding, she said that’s been the most important part of her life,” Johnson said. “So many say how helpful she’s been.
“It’s been the joy of her life. She’s really enjoyed having her business,” she said. “All little girls dream of having fancy dresses.”
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.