Susan Ruddie noticed a trend. More women were buying wedding gowns at shops that didn’t offer alteration services. The experienced costume designer decided to assume the role of bridal specialist with a team of designers, milliners, pattern makers, and tailors. Within her studio, the talented team styles bridal looks by altering and re-styling gowns and matching accessories, veils, and wraps. They even help out after the big day by transforming formal wedding gowns into flirty ensembles you really would wear again.
Ruddie’s hats and accessories have appeared in runway shows for Marc Jacobs and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as graced the pages of multiple publications, including The Knot.
Brimming with colorful bolts of fabric, carefully looped skeins of yarn, and rows of sewing provisions, Save A Thon Stores have been supplying New Yorkers with quality crafting necessities since 1973. With fabrics ranging from basic denim to upscale jacquard upholstery cloth from around the world, the shop showcases a range of patterned designs that can be crafted into cozy quilts or a signal to a passing ship that it would have looked better in plaid. Coils of lace ribbons and tubs of colorful beads add a decorative finishing touch to projects, which can be undertaken at home or under the tutelage of the shop's expert crafters during regular sewing classes. The teachers are also experts in the Wilton method of cake decorating and can help students artfully embellish cakes and cupcakes with fondant, tiny decorations, and tiny brides and grooms on a dessert destination wedding.
Founded in 2012, Legacy Boutique stands out among Prospect-Lefferts Garden-area shops thanks to its own line of cosmetics. Crop tops, flowing skirts, and stylishly distressed sweaters mingle with sartorially forward-leaning independent designers, which spans a broad aesthetic spectrum from rugged to upscale. Shoppers can try on Legacy Cosmetic lipstick, foundation, and eye shadow—made with a vitamin E-enriched lightweight formula—at the boutique’s beauty bar, or enlist the services of an aesthetician to get eyebrow threading and eyelash applications.
The specialists at CH Cycles aren’t just experts with bikes. They repair baby strollers and unicycles as well, helping out parents, cyclists, and circus bears alike. But you’ll still find virtually any bike-related accessory at CH Cycle’s Crown Heights location, directly between Prospect Park and Lincoln Terrace Park on Empire Blvd. Hook up your bike with a new axel chain, pick up a new bike pump, or shop for a fashionable helmet. Of course, the shop also stocks the latest in bicycle models, ranging from urban cycles designed for commuting to road bikes for racing.