Become a Queen of Kings …
The latest in our profile of great Kirkcaldy businesses focuses on Amy King Bridal & Beauty. We caught up with Amy to discover more about the person behind the business …
Amy is perfectly placed to be running a bridal store. She says: “I am getting married this June so I know all the stresses and planning that comes with organizing a wedding and finding your dream dress!”
The 31 year old has worked in retail for a decade including time working in the sector whilst studying at university. After Amy graduated with an Honors Degree in in Quantity Surveying, she worked as a surveyor for 5 years. Amy says: “I fell into the career as a surveyor but I missed working with people. I soon realised that I wanted to make the move back to retail. I wanted to find my dream job.”
She explains that she’s always had a passion for dresses and owns “far too many“, adding: “I love being able to help people find the most important dress of their lives that makes them feel their best.”
Amy has always loved weddings and dresses so the move to open her own outlet seemed like the perfect career move. Amy King Bridal & Beauty at 9 Tolbooth Street opened in January this year (2019). What’s the store’s USP? Amy says: “We are unique. We have beauty downstairs and bridal upstairs and this allows brides to get their dream dress and arrange their beauty treatments for the big day … all in one place.” But there’s more. Amy says: “Brides today use social media and apps more than ever. They not only want to see the styles, check out the dresses and accessories, but they also want to see all the elements that make the day perfect … and beauty treatments are a major part of that.” She adds: “So we keep an eye on all the trends. We are very strong on social media to best understand what our customers want. We have a unique blend of dresses – from classic romantic to fashion forward and will ever-evolve the collection to keep up with latest looks.”
Amy describes her store as “a one stop shop for brides“. All her team are self employed and “masters of their trade“. Sleight of Hand is the in-house nail technician, Jennifer Mclachlan is the make up artist and Lina Thomson is their eyebrow expert.
She says that by offering this unique blend of services, customers choose to return to use the beauty services long after the confetti has been cleared away on the big day: “We build real relationships with our customers through outstanding customer service. You may enter as a stranger but we’re confident that you’ll leave us as a friend.”
We asked Amy – as we ask all those in our profile pieces – what they see as their greatest personal and business achievements. Amy combines them: “Taking the plunge to create and run this business. Leaving a secure job to follow a dream … and realising it. I am very proud of that decision and making it a success.”
Amy is one of many small, independent businesses that are investing in Kirkcaldy and making the town their home. We asked what she would recommend to someone who might be visiting the town for the first time – or for the first time in a long time: “Take a walk along the high street and some of the wee side streets. There are lots of independent stores providing amazing products and personal experience.”
Pop in and see them at 9 Tolbooth Street (just off the high street) or call 01592 328437.
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