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It was as white inside Taylor Eisenberger's store on Sunday as it was outside on East Main Street in Mechanicsburg.

The snow may have piled up on Saturday, but that wasn't about to keep Eisenberger's bridal boutique, "Taylored For You," from participating in Mechanicsburg's first annual Bridal Walk from noon to 4 p.m.

"Taylored For You" sells a variety of wedding attire for brides, bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-brides, including wedding accessories like veils. And of course, there are the gorgeous, white wedding gowns that adorn the front rooms of the "Taylored For You" store.

"So far, so good," Eisenberger said of the mid-afternoon Bridal Walk crowds. "(A) little slow start but now we're picking up."

"This is the first time we've done this, and we've had a very robust response," Rebecca Yearick of the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities said as she sat at the Bridal Walk information booth on Main Street.

‘Really fun'

Down the way, the roads were somewhat clear, with the exception of snow and ice along the sidewalks. And Carol Howe's store, "Heel Your Sole," was open for business.

"Heel Your Sole," a foot sanctuary that focuses on massages and reflexology, was also participating in the Bridal Walk.

"Our focus is on the feet," Howe said. "Bridal groups are really fun."

"Heel Your Sole" can accommodate groups of up to 10 people, and Howe said they do all types of events, including birthdays and anniversaries.

"Sometimes brides will come here and bring their bridesmaids, or they bring their mother and mother-in-law," Howe said of the business that is now in its sixth year. "We all really love what we do here."

Around 2 p.m., SweeTreats Cake Boutique down the road had guests in its front lobby room, trying several decadent dessert pieces that had been set out for the Bridal Walk. In addition to the cake and dessert confections from SweeTreats were candies from Georgie Lou's Retro Candy & Gifts in Carlisle.

"It's picking up a little bit now," Stephanie Gilbert, owner of Georgie Lou's, said. "The first hour was slow. But having done bridal shows, it usually is like that. Usually in the middle is when you get the most people."

"With a first-year event, you just never, ever know," Gilbert said about the size of crowds.

Gilbert often finds herself working with SweeTreats Cake Boutique owner Wendi Saposnek on events, and not just weddings, but birthdays and other milestones.

"The options are endless," Saposnek said.

"That's the beauty of working with people like us, because we kind of get to know each other and we're all kind of in the same position," Gilbert said.


A few storefronts down the street, Teal Photography was also open for some Sunday business from the Bridal Walk.

"It's going good," Melissa Teal, owner of Teal Photography, said. "The people that have come in have been really nice."

And Teal noted that the snow did not keep determined Bridal Walkers from coming to the event.

"I don't know, maybe the weather affected it a little bit," Teal said. "It's nice because the people that are coming in are very direct. They know they are looking for a photographer."

Teal has been in the photography business for 11 years, but recently opened her shop in Mechanicsburg this past January.

"I love Mechanicsburg," Teal said. "I'm happy to be here."

And although snow had ravaged the area the day before, the bright blue sky on Sunday suggested decent weather for the remainder of the Bridal Walk.

"I love the idea of bringing people into Mechanicsburg," Teal said. "If I book one wedding, this is a success for me."


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