About Us

"Dala's is a family tradition"
                        Meet the staff:

Dala is the owner

Dala

"I have been a lifetime resident of Tipton, and developed an interest in retail at a young age. I assisted at a ladies ready-to-wear store throughout my teenage years. After graduating from Tipton High School in 1967, I pursued an education from Mid-Continent Career College in Kansas City. While attending college, I worked at Wolf Brothers and gained exposure to the bridal industry. After receiving a degree in Fashion Merchandising, I moved back to Tipton. At that time, I began working at Jacque's in Jefferson City as a bridal consultant. Once I married in 1970, in order to raise a family and continue my career, I decided to open my own business. Assisted by my mother, Dala's Bridal Boutique opened on August 2, 1971. Upon my daughter's college graduation, my mother decided to retire. I continue to work with my daughter in the business; and many brides that I service say "you make this so much fun!" I think it is because even after 45 years, I have retained an excitement for helping brides find the perfect gown. I believe a wedding is a special day, a bride is a special person, and they should be treated that way. I truly appreciate the opportunity I have had to work with so many brides throughout the years, and I would like to invite you to our store in Tipton. We at Dala's would be delighted to help you select the gown of your dreams." - Dala

Yolanda has 25 years of experienced fitting

Yolanda

Spending an abundance of my childhood and adolescence at Dala's Bridal Boutique and National Bridal Markets with my mother and grandmother allowed me the opportunity to acquire knowledge of business as well as the bridal industry at a young age. During my high school years I also developed an interest in the design and fit of garments. Besides my mother and grandmother I had the privilege of learning such aspects from our head seamstress of 20 years. Possessing creative characteristics and attention to detail as well as the knowledge I was able to attain, has allowed me to become a professional in the fitting (25 years) and design of garments. I graduated from Tipton High School in 1993, and continued my education at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. While in college, I kept working at Dala's and in 1995 I received the Stan Soffer Scholarship presented by the Dallas Bridal and Formal Association. After two years at SFCC, I completed my education at Central Missouri State University; majoring in Marketing. I graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, I began working full time as manager and fitting specialist in the family business. Dala's has not only become a tradition in my family, we have seen it become a tradition for families planning special events as well. Through my years at Dala's, I have been able to incorporate my own ideas with the roots that my mother built the business. Preparing for my own wedding in 2001, gave me a better understanding of the other side in wedding planning. Although my wedding day was very important to me, the events that took place up to my wedding day were special as well. I believe that the planning process should be an enjoyable experience for every bride. This can be an exciting time shared with family and friends. Therefore, at Dala's, we commit ourselves to offering a comfortable environment with a friendly and dependable staff. Before you say 'I Do,' we would love for you to visit Dala's and see what "We Do." - Yolanda

Taya is a full time seamstress

Taya Kondenko

Full-Time Seamstress Since June 2010 "I was born and lived my childhood in Russia. I tried making my first stitches when my grandma gave me a needle and thread at 5 years old. When I was 9, I joined a kid’s sewing club where I learned the functions of a sewing machine and more basic sewing skills. I made doll clothes as a child and made the 1st dress for myself when I was 12. I came from a large family and money was a little tight so as a teen and young adult I made clothes for myself as well as others. I made my 1st coat when I was 17. My family operated a small sewing business in Russia. My mom, dad, brother, sister and I all sewed for clients. When I was 24 we moved to the United States, and I first did alterations for a couple of dry cleaners in Colorado. Then I worked for Jada Company making soft goods for the home. In 2005 my family moved to Missouri where I continued my own sewing business out of my home, and assisted my husband with his cleaning business. In June 2010 I was excited to start a new venture as a full-time seamstress at Dala’s. Sewing is not just a job to me, it’s a hobby. It is relaxing and I like creating beautiful things. In addition to sewing I have an Art degree in which I have been able to use at Dala’s painting shoes, and is helpful in re-designing gowns. I also make silk flowers, knit, and crochet. Altering and re-designing dresses at Dala’s is very rewarding in that it is challenging and I have the opportunity to help create a beautiful garment for a bride’s special day!" - Taya

Tracey is the full time consultant

Tracey Shields

Full- Time Bridal Consultant Since January 2011 “My family and I moved around a lot when I was a child, but my favorite place was the Ozarks. We moved there twice! I graduated from Versailles High School in 1990 and then attended State Fair Community College. About five years later, I moved to Minnesota to be with family. During my Minnesota years, I worked a variety of interesting jobs to support my children. One of those jobs was at a reception hall serving wedding parties. Although I had some good times and great friends in Minnesota, I missed Missouri and decided to move back after my oldest finished school. I chose Tipton because my brother and sister live here. It’s a decision I definitely haven’t regretted. I started working at Dala’s thinking it might be fun to try while I decided what I really wanted to do next. It’s been 3 wonderful years since! I found that I am pretty darn good at helping brides to find a perfect wedding gown. Often, I have even helped them to realize that their body IS beautiful and they can wear styles they never would have believed they could. I cannot describe how rewarding this is to me. I truly believe that all girls are princesses and each deserves a beautiful gown to help them feel that way. It is very special to me to play a small part in so many special days.” - Tracey

Nina helps with flower girls.

Nina

Nina is growing up at Dala's Bridal Boutique, just like her mother, Yolanda. She loves design, fashion, and sewing. At her young age, she loves spending time at Dala's Bridal Boutique developing her passion for bridal wear and design. Nina also enjoys helping flower girls pick the perfect dress for the occasion.
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