Vendor Spotlight: A New Space for Henri's Cloud Nine

Emma Frankart Henterly

I have to admit that the first time I entered Henri's to pick up a bridesmaid dress for a wedding I was in, about three years ago, I was a little underwhelmed. The space felt small, and the bridal selection was less than satisfying. So when I heard that the store had recently gotten a major facelift, I was interested to see what improvements had been made.

Turns out, there were a lot.

To start, the storefront moved one shopping center north, to 8597 Sancus Blvd., but that's the least noteworthy change among a slew of improvements.

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Walking into the store's reception area, I was blown away by the sheer proportions of the place. With 18,000 square feet of retail space, tall ceilings and wide open rooms, Henri's has a sense of grandeur that's complemented well by its French-inspired crown molding, stately columns and sparkling chandeliers. I gave my name to the polite woman at the front desk and within moments, store manager Joshua Vietmeier appeared to give me the grand tour.

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We started in the "man cave," which features a comfy couch and a 90-inch television-a perfect hangout for anyone not interested in the finer points of gown shopping. From there we swept quickly through the prom section, located in the center of the store, which would be a great place to shop for the perfect reception or rehearsal dinner dress. Then, it was off to the couture area.

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Henri's carries couture lines from designers like Sherri Hill and Jovani, but the real draw is the store's custom selection. Any gown in the couture area can be made in any color, with any design changes you can dream up.

But the real draw of the shop is its large bridal showroom, filled with lines like Mori Lee, Allure Couture, Ysa Makino, Blush by Hayley Paige, Fiore Couture, Justin Alexander, Lazaro, Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley, and more. Gowns are organized mostly by designer, but Henri's boasts an impressive plus-size section as well.

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When you arrive for your appointment, your stylist will sit down and go over the details of your wedding with you, Vietmeier says. "They ask you when your wedding is, what your venue is, what your theme is, what your colors are and kind of what you're thinking [gown-wise] before you go into the showroom." This vetting process helps the stylist pick a few gowns in addition to any that you select yourself, to help you avoid becoming overwhelmed.

After you've made your gown selections, it's off to a private suite for try-ons. Henri's has five suites, each with its own theme, decor and custom furniture. There's plenty of seating for your entourage, a stunning, unique chandelier and a mini-fridge stocked with water and Champagne in every room. You'll change in a private dressing room within the suite before emerging on the room's "stage," flanked by three-directional mirrors to help you catch a glimpse of every last detail.

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The rooms each have a stock of jewelry, accessories and veils to help you complete the look, as well as a private checkout station for when you're ready to say, "I do" to your dress.

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Bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride have a separate dressing room area, with an adjacent lineup of three-directional mirrors. Those gowns are located toward the back of the bridal area, along with a variety of additional jewelry and accessories and another private checkout area.

Vietmeier speaks proudly of the store's custom furnishings and wallpaper; he worked with the store's CEO and its owner to handpick each element that went into the space, from the wood floors to the exposed-brick walls to the vases on the banquettes. Renovating the space took "not as long as it should have," he says; the process began in August 2015, and the new storefront opened for business this February.

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The best part of Henri's new selection is that it truly offers something for everyone. From boho-inspired to elegantly classic, all at a price point to fit most budgets. The gowns in the showroom start around the $1,000 mark, but brides with a slightly larger budget-$3,000 to $5,000-have the option of going fully custom.

"If you want a custom [gown] and you have $5,000, we can pretty much make you whatever you want," says Vietmeier.

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