WESLEY CHAPEL — Seven years ago, Nanette Del Valle started her consignment boutique with 80 dresses in her Pennsylvania home.
Today, she has two locations of the White Pear Formal Consignment Boutique. The first store is located in Pottsville, Pa., and she recently opened up a Wesley Chapel location.
"I thought there was a need for this type of business in our area," Del Valle said.
The boutique offers gowns and dresses for special occasions such as homecomings, proms, weddings, military balls and other formal events. Del Valle accepts consignments of dresses that are 3 years old or newer, clean and in excellent condition, and she also offers a 50/50 split if she is able to sell the dress.
Customers shopping for a gown will find a large selection at discounted prices compared to retail, and many of them are brand new with tags. Del Valle pointed out that in the age of social media, people don't wear things twice.
The boutique also consigns and sells formal handbags and shoes, and new jewelry is available.
Del Valle said she enjoys helping women find their perfect dress.
"I love to make people happy."
The White Pear Formal Consignment Boutique is located inside the Fancy Frock Bridal & Formal Wear Boutique at 1045 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. For more information, call (813) 995-1732 or visit whitepearbridal.com.
Jersey Mike's opens with school fundraiser
WESTCHASE — A new Jersey Mike's Subs opened earlier this week in Westchase, making it the eighth Tampa-area location. Jersey Mike's Subs is known for its fresh-sliced and fresh-grilled subs.
To celebrate the grand opening, franchise owners Bryan Pagan and James Connolly are holding a free sub fundraiser through Oct. 9. The new restaurant is circulating 10,000 coupons throughout the community, offering a free regular sub for a minimum $2 donation to Mary Bryant and Westchase elementary schools.
Customers must have a coupon to be eligible.
"At Jersey Mike's, we are committed to making a difference in the community," Connolly said. "The grand opening fundraiser gives us a great opportunity to give back to the local schools."
Jersey Mike's Subs is located at 9464 W Linebaugh Ave. It is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, call (813) 749-6972 or visit jerseymikes.com.
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