By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — "Every girl deserves the opportunity to experience the magic of her first prom," said Kimberly Ainsworth, who in partnership with the Laconia Community Center is opening the Bip Boppity Boutique, with an inventory of donated dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories to adorn princesses for the occasion.
"I missed my own prom because of the cost," said Ainsworth, explaining that the price of a dress and shoes, along with hair styling and makeup, can easily top $200. She said that her own daughter enjoyed her junior and senior proms in dresses donated by the Cinderella Project in Dover. "She just lit up on finding the right dress and felt like a princess," Ainsworth said.
Her experience prompted Ainsworth to offer the same service to the girls of the Lakes Region. The boutique will operate on the upper level of the Community Center, where Ainsworth has decorated and outfitted four dressing rooms. She has begun soliciting donations in anticipation of opening on April 1. She said that she also hopes to arrange with local dry cleaners and seamstresses to clean and alter dresses at discounted costs and noted that both Avon and Mary Kay have contributed sample make-up products for the girls.
"It's all geared to the girls and their special day," Ainsworth said. "It's all about them having the opportunity to find the dress they feel is perfect. You want them to feel really good about themselves at that age."
Kimberly Ainsworth has gathered prom dresses for the Bip Boppity Boutique at the Laconia Community Center for girls who have trouble affording the cost of a new dress. She is accepting donations in anticipation of the store's April 1 opening. (Courtesy Photo)
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