Erika Swift opened her bridal shop, Pearl and Lace, last weekend in Lenexa, KS, making hers the only Black-owned bridal shop in Kansas.

The mother of twins and a DYI anything crafter, Swift has been in the wedding industry since she was 16, learning about planning, floral arrangements and design. But she has always wanted to open her own bridal shop and after 10 years as a wedding planner, she decided to make the big move.

Pearl and Lace, located at 7791 Quivira Rd., has a wide variety of sizes and styles of dresses and tuxedos.

“We are a safe space for Black brides, White brides and we’re inclusive to the LGBTQIA community,” Swift said. “We help with finding that dream dress and attire and we keep it very affordable so you can have something you dream of without having to spend a fortune on it.”

Most dresses start at $1,500 and go up from there, but the dresses at Pearl and Lace start at $800 and don’t go above $1,200. They also offer rentals and consignment.

To learn more about Pearl and Lace, visit their website:

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