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Satin & Lace Bridal Boutique recently opened in Riverview

Winthrop Town Centre's newest retailer, a bridal boutique recently opened at the start of the new year.
The form-fitting mermaid is just one of the many styles of wedding dresses available at the newly-opened Satin & Lace Bridal Boutique.
Published Jan. 17

Attention brides to be: Winthrop Town Centre's newest retailer might be worth checking out if you want to see some unique wedding dresses or if you just want to hear owner Alison Farnan discuss them in her British accent.

Farnan opened Satin & Lace Bridal Boutique Jan. 3 at 11286 Sullivan St.

From the lace and beads to the accompanying jewelry accoutrements, Farnan has left no accent forgotten — right down to the overhead light fixture that was re-purposed from the Don CeSar. It's the third business for Farnan and her husband Peter. They moved from England to FishHawk in 2006 and also own pressure cleaning and photo booth businesses.

Satin & Lace Bridal Boutique offers 40 new dresses from designers including Casablanca, the Allure Madison James collection and the Justin Alexander Sincerity Collection. The shop is one of only two stores that carry Albert Griffin dresses from Lakeland.

"If you want a dress that nobody else has got or is going to have, that's the way to go," Farnan said of the Albert Griffin creations.

She also has an inventory of more than 40 more dresses from a dress store she bought out before moving into Winthrop.

Farnan wants brides to know it can take up to six months to get into the dress of their dreams, once you start the fitting process. She invested in a pair of large suites where the bride can invite her whole family to be part of the event. There's a curtained-off area made from custom curved rods hung with custom cables with plenty of room for the reveal.

"When you go to a chain bridal store, you get four feet of room for you and an assistant to try to get into," she said.

Satin & Lace helps brides with everything except shoes. They also handle tuxedo rentals — which includes shoes, insurance and jewelry — for $225.

Visit or call (813) 381-4110.

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