History




Lavender Bridal Salon is a full-service bridal boutique, located in Dover, Ohio, providing everything you desire from bridal to prom wear. Owner Karen Stokey had always dreamed of opening a bridal shop and was passionate about bringing more people to the downtown Dover community. A classic, boutique storefront was purchased in downtown Dover and the 8,800 square foot shop was rebuilt and redesigned from the inside out. In August of 2006, Lavender Bridal Salon opened its doors to serve every woman during their special moments in life.


“It’s like it was meant to be! Everything just came together and it’s great to see how much we’ve grown,” said Karen. “I’ve always loved working with people and treating them right. It’s been a real blessing.”



In July of 2012, Karen made the decision to retire from her position at Lavender, leaving the store's fate up in the air.  That is when her son, Nate, and his wife Laurel decided to take action.  


"Having worked in the store alongside Karen since 2007, she could see my passion for the business.  I did not want to see it fall into the wrong hands and loose what my coworkers and I have worked so hard for," said Laurel.  At the time, the business already had a good customer base and a great reputation for making brides and other girls happy.   "So, Nate stepped in knowing how important it was to myself and his mom."  Nate made the decision to leave his full time job as a local police officer to keep Lavender Bridal Salon in the family.  While Laurel runs the operations of the floor, Nate works hard at keeping the operations of business at the pace of a well-oiled machine.."


"We continue to serve under the same principles that the store was founded on treating people right, as well as training our staff to know the latest trends in bridal and formal fashion wear, so we remain top experts in the industry.  We are blessed with the success of our business.  The positive comments we get from brides who choose us are the most special.  We know everyone on our staff works hard to ensure that all the right steps are considered so that our Lavender Brides not only look beautiful, but feel beautiful as well.  We couldn't imagine anything better for the day they marry their best friend.  That is our success."


Lavender Bridal Salon carries over 1500 wedding gowns in stock and over 20 designer lines, a few of which are exclusive to this area. Our bridal gown prices range from $800-$1200, in addition to a few of the bridal couture lines. When a bride is ready to select additional wedding attire, we carry 13 designer bridesmaid lines, 8 designer flower girl lines and over 1000 mother’s pieces. For other community formal occasions, we carry over 1000 prom and homecoming dresses of the latest styles and seasons. 


This elegant and fashionable bridal shop offers unforgettable gowns and service for every bride’s style and every bride’s budget. With over 45 combined years in bridal industry experience, the Lavender staff is ready and excited to assist you.  No matter how great our customer service is, LBS associates always live and work under the motto that there is always room for improvement.  With this mind set, our possibilities for growth are endless and we hope that it allows us to grow with and gain an even more loyal following within our small community.  Stop by Lavender Bridal Salon to find the bridal gown of your dreams!

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