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Dresses, glorious dresses

The Union graphicFrom the sublime to the kooky, there's a dress for every bride right here in Grass Valley.
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THE place to go in this area for one-of-a-kind unique and sophisticated outfits is Daniel Brooks on Mill Street in Grass Valley. Whether you’re a bride who wants to wear something very different for either the ceremony itself or for the going-away outfit, or a guest who wants something very chic, the store offers a feast for the eyes.

And that doesn’t mean just the clothing. The store itself is a total experience-from its understated elegance and l-a-r-g-e dressing rooms with huge mirrors to its stunning flower arrangements by Ingrid of Grass Valley Florists.

Traditional, owner Daniel Brooks, 41, is not. He likes to stress that the clothing he carries is special. Like the palomino buckskin coat that is rumored to be in Cher’s closet. Or the Morrell Maxie dress in blue burnt-out velvet on brown that has a real swish to it. Or the black pants suit with its bright red crepe emperor’s shawl trimmed in leather that’s guaranteed to turn heads. Lace, chiffon, and lots of black (“Everything is black, ” says Brooks in mock discouragement. “If I find anything in color, I buy it.”) Some of the items in color are jackets that fit handsomely over that basic black dress.



While Brooks makes no bones about his clothing being up-scale and priced as such, he is quick to point out that many of the accessories in the store-scarves, jewelry, neck decorations-are most affordable. He points out that a gift certificate from his store is an excellent present for a bride.

The Asian motif is a specialty of the shop-in dresses and decor. The Chinese word over the door means friendship, while Brooks’ business card has the Chinese symbol for happiness. “Yes,” says the effervescent Brooks, “Come in and be happy.”




If, however, you want to go the more traditional route, with satin and lace in white or blush, with train or without, floor or tea length, go down the street to Cinderella’s, where bridal gowns, both new and on consignment, are both sold and rented. They have bridal accessories, such as stockings, garters, gloves, and petticoats, as well as tuxedos for the guys to rent.

If truth be told, this is THE shop to go to if you are thinking of a themed wedding with a twist, because Cinderella’s is also known for its costumes.

One of the most popular wedding costume themes, says Store Manager Candy Wahl, 40, is the Renaissance. Yes, for under $50 you too can be Juliet at your wedding, or a wench, even. The problem, however, is getting your man to agree to wear the tights that Romeo wore. “‘You want me to wear that?’ grooms squeal,” says Wahl. But nine times out of ten they give in good naturedly.

Of course, there’s always the Victorian look, complete with hoops and top hats. (One couple, says Wahl, bought all the paraphernalia, including wigs, to wear at a Reno wedding chapel the next day.) And for that man who wants to show his lady-love that he is indeed her knight in shining armor, he can at least dress like one in the full knight regalia from head to toe for only $65 for 6 days (plus deposit).

From the sublime to the kooky, there’s a dress for every bride right here in Grass Valley.

Daniel Brooks

130 Mill Street, Grass Valley

(530) 273-8883

Cinderella’s

233 Mill Street, Grass Valley

(530) 273-9250


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