A bridal store has announced they're closing their doors after 30 years in business. Fox 10's Marcy Jones sat down with the owner of Ofelia's bridal to find out why the valley is losing more than just a dress shop.
It was obvious the moment I sat down with Ofelia that her life is this store and after three decades in the dress business, she's more than earned the title of "the Original Material."
Ofelia Martinez isn't your average sales woman. She isn't afraid to tell her customers the truth.
"You know what no, that dress is not for you, I'm sorry you're too short [for] that dress! And they love it! Because I'm honest! You see those ladies in the magazine they are not real," says an enthusiastic Ofelia.
After 30 years in the dress business, Ofelia says her shop never quite recovered from the recession, and now her selling days are numbered.
"When the economy come down, they continue to sell me a bunch of dresses, and I don't sell them," said Ofelia.
If the bright purple walls of her store could talk, they would tell you a love story of passion.
"This a beautiful world because you sell happiness, you, you sell illusion, you know Quincereras, good things, but it’s a lot of work," Ofelia said.
Passion for people…that runs in the family, just ask Ofelia's granddaughter Savanah who's worked beside her since before she could reach the countertop.
"My favorite part is being able to be surrounded by these dresses and people's stories for why they're going to get married and everything, it's a really good experience," says Savanah.
And even though closing her doors won't be easy, the original material girl of the valley says she's ready for the next chapter of life.
"It’s like somebody in your family dies, emotional," Ofelia said. "I have a lot of things to do, a lot of things to do and you know its keeping me going and just let it go, and you know material things I don't want material things to hold me back , because when I fly I want to fly away."
Right now, the store is having a massive blow out sale, some wedding dresses going for just 50 bucks!
Ofelia says they close for good on Christmas day.