The Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community pose outside of Sisters Bridal Boutique on Saturday for a ribbon cutting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
The Chamber of Commerce and other members of the community pose outside of Sisters Bridal Boutique on Saturday for a ribbon cutting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – On Saturday, Jenna Dailey celebrated the purchase of Sisters Bridal Boutique with a ribbon cutting. Dailey was also the winner of this year's Business Plan Challenge.

Dailey moved to Van Wert from North Carolina and has worked at Sisters Bridal for around a year and a half as a bridal stylist. When the chance to own the business arose, she was excited to accept.

"I always wanted to work in the bridal industry," said Dailey. "My daddy is a pastor; so I saw my first wedding when I was five or six years old and you're just hooked. Most women grow up dreaming about that day and as a stylist, there is no more magical moment than when they find the perfect dress and you [put on] their veil and headpiece and they open their eyes and see themselves as a bride for the first time."

For the Business Plan Challenge, Dailey said she centered her plan on making the shop the best that it could possibly be. She received $1,000 to be used toward her business. Citizens Bank and US Bank both donated toward the money reward.

Dailey said she plans to repaint the exterior of the building. New signs, a new logo, and other re-branding and remodeling projects are also planned.

"We [want to] continue the tradition," said Dailey. "We pop champagne when the brides say 'yes' and we might throw in some more things."