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Bridal shop has new owners

Nicole Quam shows some of the gowns available at LeeAnne’s Bridal & Prom Bliss, which she and Kevin Lipp purchased in December. (Kari Lucin / The Sun)

The name of the owner has changed, but LeeAnne’s Bridal & Prom Bliss still offers gowns for weddings and proms, tuxedo rentals — and will be expanding its offerings soon.

“The amount of requests for men’s clothes is overwhelming — formal wear and casual,” said Nicole Quam, who along with Kevin Lipp purchased LeeAnne’s in Jamestown Dec. 23.

Quam, who was previously the manager at LeeAnne’s, said men’s clothing could potentially be added to the store in April.

A line of camouflage attire is also being added, from suits, wedding gowns, shirts and dresses to children’s clothing and swimming suits, all from Camo Diva.

But LeeAnne’s will still have its wide selection of bridal, bridesmaid, pageant and prom gowns for purchase and tuxedos for rentals.

Currently, Quam said, the store has 100 bridal gowns, more than 200 options for bridesmaids and even 75-plus choices for mother-of-the-bride dresses.

Gowns for father-daughter dances and pageants are available too. Costumes will be sold during the Halloween season, and this year, Quam plans to have a selection of St. Patrick’s Day gear for the Runnin O’ the Green pub crawl.

When prom season swings around, there will be more than 300 dress choices, and Quam noted those are just the ones actually in stock — more options can easily be ordered. And LeeAnne’s will not sell the same dress to two girls in the same school, even in two separate colors, so there’s little danger of dress duplication.

“Even for myself, putting on something nice just makes me feel better about myself. To see that in someone else? I love it,” Quam said. “I get to know our customers so well.”

She always tries to match people with styles that look good on them, and with options that fit their budgets, too.

This year, Quam said, prom styles are moving toward classy, elegant looks, while lace has seen a resurgence for proms and weddings. For men, colored suspenders are popular tux accessories, and LeeAnne’s offers 54 different colors.

“The guys just want to be comfortable, and they just want to look cool,” Quam said. “Bow ties are going to be big for this year, it’s kind of a trend.”

Originally, LeeAnne’s Bridal & Prom Bliss opened in 2009, moving to its current location at 201 1st Ave. N in January 2010. Cindy Dokken, the previous owner, who also has a store in Fargo, had always planned to eventually sell it to Quam, the store’s manager.

Having tuxedo rentals and gowns in the same location means that customers can plan nearly entire weddings at LeeAnne’s — even napkins, invitations and accessories such as jewelry, shoes and baskets for flower girls.

“We do pride ourselves on our customer service,” Quam said.

Bridal parties should make appointments by calling 252-1612 in order to guarantee one-on-one service.

People interested in prom or other event wear can show up during business hours from 11 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, or by appointment.

For more information about LeeAnne’s Bridal & Prom Bliss, visit www.leeannesbridal

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by email at