An Elegant Affair Helps Make Prom More Affordable

Gowns on display. Photo: An Elegant Affair Inc & Boutique Thrift Store, Zebulon NC.

An Elegant Affair Inc of Zebulon NC is helping teens get to Prom, and look good, without breaking the bank. Their Thrift Store offers a variety of Prom dresses and tuxedos at reduced prices, or free to struggling families.

An Elegant Affair Inc & Boutique Thrift Store is located at 101 South Arendell Avenue, in Zebulon NC. Says founder Kimberly Bell, Executive Director and founder, “It is our mission to ensure to ensure every student, regardless of size and race, have free formal attire & accessories to attend their High School Prom, Middle School Prom’ or special occasion.”

An Elegant Affair Inc. is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help people feel better about themselves as they face life. Their Thrift Store is open on Saturdays from 10am-5pm, with special hours for the Prom store in the Spring.

Their programs helps people of all ages, whether giving someone a little dignity as they fight Cancer, or helping a teen afford to participate in Prom. They even work with senior citizens to help cheer them.

They also help provide the community with school supplies, free winter gloves, and food during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The nonprofit also helps woman affected by Cancer, providing a new wig, a hat and accessories, and a makeover, all at no cost to the Cancer patient.  Volunteers travel throughout NC each week delivering wigs to hospitals, nursing homes and client homes.  An Elegant Affair volunteers also provide special dietary food boxes to dozens of NC women battling cancer.

An Elegant Affair’s latest project is ” Smile Beautiful.” Volunteers have begun providing free makeovers to young girls who are being bullied at school. The makover includes clothing and a new look for the girls to help boost their confidence and comfort.

In addition to their own good works, An Elegant Affair participates in programs by other local nonprofit, including the Marines Toys for Tots program.

Visit their Facebook page to see what’s going on with the shop. Kimberly Bell may be reached at 704.750.5227.

Prom Formal Attire for Students

Each Spring, students are preparing for their high school Proms. For teens, it is an exciting time and one of their rare opportunities to dress up, gather, and enjoy a great time with fellow students before they pass out of school and into adult responsibilities.

For 2016, An Elegant Affair has a Private Prom Room with everything a teen will need for their special day. In addition to dresses and tuxedos, the shop has new foundation garments for only $4.

The Prom shop is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 3-5pm during prom season. Students are able to purchase new, or gently used, prom gowns and tuxedos for just $25, with shoes and accessories for $1-$5.  If a student’s family is experiencing a financial hardship, there is no charge.

Although Prom is one of their busiest seasons, throughout the year the shop continues to provide formal wear — suits and dresses — for students with any event for which they may need something special to wear. This may be just something special to wear to  a school dance, party, wedding, graduation, or funeral.

Prom Shop 2016

An Elegant Affair opened in Zebulon NC in Fall 2014. The Zebulon Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting, and the Grand Opening included dozens of local community members enjoying snacks while getting to know the shop personnel.

An Elegant Affair held their Ribbon Cutting with the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce as part of their Grand Opening Celebration October 3-4, 2014. Photo by Frank Whatley.
An Elegant Affair held their Ribbon Cutting with the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce as part of their Grand Opening Celebration October 3-4, 2014. Photo by Frank Whatley.
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