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Updated: 10/17/2013 08:00:02AM

Elizabeth’s Bridal Wear now has new owners

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Tasha McKeithan and Debbie Rutledge look over a wedding dress at Elizabeth's Bridal Wear in Lake Placid.


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Formal dressing in Lake Placid has taken a fashion step forward when Elizabeth’s Bridal Wear exchanged hands this week. Thomas and Kutanya “Tasha” McKeithan have purchased the shop from Debbie, Dennis and daughter Elizabeth Rutledge.

Tasha is no stranger to business operation, having owned and operated a hair salon in the past. She says she’s proud to bring a new viewpoint to the coordination of dresses, hair and accessories for formal and social occasions.

Elizabeth’s Bridal Wear is already well-known for offering a wide variety of sizes and prices to fit the residents of Highlands County and Tasha explains she will continue to carry sizes zero to 33 in her retail lines. She does want to expand the footwear, jewelry and accessory lines now carried in stock.

Debbie Rutledge described Tasha as having an “eye for fashion” and she explained, “I feel like the sale was a perfect match and God had his hands in it!” That makes sense, as both Rutledge and McKeithan have strong ties to their respective churches.

Thomas McKeithan made the initial contact with the Rutledges after a mutual friend suggested they meet. The entire transaction took only a short while, after Thomas encouraged his wife to leave her current job and become the owner of a bridal shop. “Before I knew what had happened, I was the proprietor of a business!,” she exclaimed.

Tasha also has a background in event planning and explains, “ I would like to handle the details of planning events so the brides don’t have to stress.” In addition to wedding planning, she is available to plan reunions, showers and social events either in the home or out in the community.

As there is a small beauty salon in the rear of the store, Tasha will continue working with hair designs of all ethnicities by appointment.

The shop will continue operating during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. After hours appointments are available.

Elizabeth’s Bridal is located at 207 North Main Street and McKeithan can be contacted at 863-465-2743.