By Mark Ambrogi
Owner Suya Mowers made the decision to close her Brides of Carmel store during the summer.
“My lease is up at the end of September,” Mowers said. “At one point, I was looking for (another area for a store). My family said, ‘You need to retire. You’re getting close to 70.’ I’m 67. My family didn’t want to see me sign another lease and do another five years.”
The Carmel City Center store, 731 Hanover Place, will close Sept. 25.
Mowers, 67, came to the United States from South Korea in 1977. She had a restaurant, Tomorrow’s, at 23rd and North Meridian Streets in Indianapolis for 18 years. Mowers, who studied fashion design in South Korea, was going to retire then, but within six months, her husband died.
“I had to do something to take care of my two grandsons,” said Mowers, who had custody of them at that time.
In 2000, she took over Bridal Boutique of Carmel at 136th and Meridian Streets, where she had other employees. For the past five years at the City Center, Mowers worked by herself by appointment.
“I did the consulting and I did the alterations,” Mowers said.
Mowers plans to continue to do some alterations from her northwest Indianapolis home. She is planning to move into a new home in Noblesville, which she expects to begin in January.
There are sales of 50 to 80 percent on remaining stock of wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, jewelry and accessories. Mowers said those interested should call ahead at 317-844-1780 for appointment.
For more, visit bridesofcarmel.org.