Inspire Bridal Boutique


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St. Peter: Inspire Bridal Boutique

Within the last year, Julie Larson began Inspire Bridal Boutique at 204 South Minnesota after finding the perfect building on high-traffic US 169, falling in love with St. Peter’s artsy atmosphere, and getting help from Russ Wille of the local EDA, she said. In addition, St. Peter needed a bridal shop and Larson could get her sewing needs done across the street at newly opened Sew Boutique.

Said 36-year-old Larson in a telephone interview, “I’ve always loved fashion and been a people person, and I’ve always liked keeping up on the latest trends. Even in elementary school, I liked putting together different outfits. I also like planning and enjoy planning parties and events.”

After high school, Larson earned bachelor and master’s degrees in elementary education at Minnesota State and worked as an elementary teacher in New Ulm for eleven years. During summers, she started a business helping brides plan and decorate their weddings, Unique Designs, and through it has worked hundreds of weddings.

She recently left her teaching career to have more flexibility in spending time with her four children and attending their school events. She has kept Unique Designs and now married it to Inspire Bridal Boutique. “I love working with brides,” she said. “They are so excited about their event and are passionate and happy. In this business, I can travel to see all the new designs. It provided a way into the fashion industry to meet designers.”

Inspire Bridal Boutique carries bridal attire, bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and accessories. Brand names include Jim Hjelm, Tara Keely, Allure, and Essence of Australia. Gown prices range from $700 to $2,300. The business is a one-stop marriage shop when combined with Unique Designs.

Said Larson, “I love working with brides, getting to know families, seeing the excitement, and helping brides find a dress to remember the rest of their lives.”

Inspire Bridal Boutique
Telephone: 507-514-2224

Daniel Vance

A former Editor of Connect Business Magazine