Two new local businesses have banded together under one roof.
Inside one building on the corner of Rte. 360 and Main Street, two energetic women sell a stunning array of brilliantly colored tutus, bows and ribbons to children at the front of the store.
In the back, an experienced photographer has set up a studio from which she offers a variety of picture opportunities to people of all ages.
It is a partnership that could prove “picture-perfect” for Jackie Lee, Jessie Vanlandingham and Jacquie Carey as their two ventures, Pictures and Bow-Dacious Baby Couture have quickly and enthusiastically made Warsaw their home.
The idea for the joint operation first arose when Vanlandingham was selling a pair of fairy wings to Lee and both learned from the other that they wanted to start a business in town.
In establishing Pictures, Lee, a longtime photographer and resident near Warsaw, said she wanted to give local residents the opportunity to have their pictures taken “at an affordable price” within the community.
“Everybody loves pictures,” said Lee. “Everybody wants to capture their wedding, their children growing up and…I’ve got something for everybody’s budget basically.”
Vanlandingham said her goal in starting Bow-Dacious was to bring local shopping and commerce to her beloved Richmond County, of which she is a longtime resident.
“Supporting the town and the county itself is very important to me,” said Vanlandingham, also Vice President of the Warsaw Richmond County Chamber of Commerce.
Pictures and Bow-Dacious held their grand openings on June 8, and although Vanlandingham said it “terribly rained on opening day,” both businesses have reportedly done well since then.
Lee said she has seen a “good flow of sessions” while Vanlandingham shared that the public reaction had been very supportive.
“They are very excited about our venture and Jacquie has received a lot of positive feedback,” said Vanlandingham, adding that Warsaw Town Council and the chamber of commerce were also excited over seeing the new businesses in town.
Both Vanlandingham and Lee stressed the importance of keeping their products low-cost.
“I think what we both try to do is work with our clientele base,” said Lee, adding that Richmond County’s clientele included many farmers and families.
“A tutu in Richmond can cost $30 and an 8-by-10 [picture] can be $28,” said Lee. “We really try to cater to our community and make things affordable for them.”
Lee offers photo sessions both in the studio and on location.
Lee said her sessions include but are not limited to taking pictures for weddings, families and graduating high school seniors.
At the front of the store, Vanlandingham and Carey sell children’s clothes and home décor items ranging from dresses, crib shoes and handbags to sandal wreaths and fairy wings. Vanlandingham added that several of their products were handmade.
In commenting on the partnership between Bow-Dacious and Pictures, Lee said she used several props, from tutus to featherhead bands that she had purchased from Vanlandingham and Carey in her photo-shoots.
“They give out information about me, I give out information about them, and now they’ve gotten more product in, I’ll be buying more from them,” Lee said with a laugh. “We just bounce off of each other like that.”
In commenting on future plans, Vanlandingham anticipated that she and Carey would continue to expand their product lines as well as make new products for their customers.
For more information about Bow-Dacious Baby Couture, call 804-761-4559 or 804-761-8976, visit www.bowdaciousbabycouture.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Pictures by Jackie Lee, call 761-6480, email email@example.com or visit http://www.picturesbyjackielee.com.