Photos by Juan Ocampo for LA Metro
Brides by Liza is located along the Purple Line Extension, Section 2 corridor just west of La Cienega Blvd. This one-of-a-kind bridal shop was established in 2008 by Elizabeth Villarreal, a highly skilled and professional seamstress and tailor. Brides by Liza offers clients custom made bridal and formal gowns, including dresses for bridesmaids, flower girls and mother of the bride and groom. Clients may also purchase ready to wear dresses and gowns off the rack and have them altered at the shop.
The shop is a small boutique with inventory on the showroom floor. Ms. Villarreal does all of the dress work herself and routinely provides one-on-one personal attention. Brides by Liza has a reputation for offering exceptional customer service. Clients call Ms. Villarreal a “dress making genius” having helped them create dresses and gowns of their dreams. She is known for being extremely detailed oriented and for her commitment to providing high quality creations.
Since Metro construction began, the shop has experienced a decline in clients due to detours, road closures and heavier traffic. Ms. Villarreal stated, “My customers are unique one-time shoppers who consider bridal dress shopping an event and a part of the total wedding experience.” Ms. Villarreal is optimistic that her business will return to normal and is grateful for the Business Interruption Fund (BIF). “It has been difficult for us dealing with the detours, however the BIF is a great program and we are very thankful for the assistance,” she stated.
Brides by Liza is located at 8685 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #1, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Business hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (310) 652-2218 or visit them at bridesbyliza.us.
Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit metro.net/bif. To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at pcrcorp.org.
Visit metro.net/bif to view additional business spotlights in the BIF’s Community Footprint.