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12/29/04

Landmark Bridal Shop to Close

Claire Knight Claire Knight

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. We all know the saying. But now a Southeastern landmark that's helped dress bridal parties for more than 30 years is closing its doors. The Hitching Post will close for good on Friday.

The owner, Claire Knight, says after 30 years, it's just time, and she is celebrating the New Year with a retirement. You may not realize this, but this store actually made bridal history.

The store opened in 1972 when Knight realized people needed help with weddings. So she started the Hitching Post in a one-room bungalow.

"The dressing room was in the middle of dresses, so if you wanted to try something on, you just stand in the middle of the dresses," Knight recalled.

It was named the first complete wedding store in the entire Southeast. "I've got a lot to be proud of."

And after more than 30 years of fitting dresses, she's learned a few lessons. So we had to ask, with all her experience, what's the hardest thing to tell a bride? "That they're ugly in a dress, but that isn't hard for me, cause I am candid with them."

But when the whistle blows on Friday, Knight's words of wisdom will end. At least in the store, because the doors will close for good.

So what will she do? "I don't know. I'll be on eBay selling dresses for a while."

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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