Tara Gondek and Beth Stamm first visited the Alaska Small Business Development Center in Anchorage in June of 2013. Gondek and Stamm were working on creating a solid business plan to approach a bank for start-up capital. After planning her wedding a year prior, Gondek realized that the Anchorage area did not have a wide selection of bridal gowns and the idea for Bateau Bridal Boutique was born. Gondek and Stamm have known and worked together for five years and felt that as a team they could bring Anchorage brides-to-be a wider selection of gowns in many different styles and price ranges while delivering superior customer service at the same time.
Fast forward several months, Bateau Bridal Boutique opened their doors on November 8th after successfully securing a loan and setting up shop at 1083 West 25th Avenue in Anchorage. “Working with Lynn and the SBDC office really made our business plan solid” said Stamm, “They gave us the support and extra attention we needed to make us confident in moving forward with our business idea. We would’ve never proceeded and closed on our small business loan if it wasn’t for them”.
Bateau Bridal Boutique is officially open for business and has a collection of new and consigned dresses available for viewing by appointment. You can schedule a visit through their website and keep up with the newest shipments and business news on their facebook page.