The sparkling, colorful dresses in the window of a small boutique in downtown Riverbank are artfully arranged to bring in potential clientele. Inside, customers find formal attire for every occasion, coupled with personalized customer service in a relaxed environment. This has been true for over eight years, with the shop helping meet formal wear needs of patrons from throughout the area.
Martha Mota, owner of Martha’s Quinceanera and Bridal, has clients from Modesto, Stockton, Lodi, Oakdale, Escalon, and as far away as San Jose and Redwood City.
“Quince dresses can be in the $1500 to $2000 dollar range,” said Mota. “Especially the Vizcaya line from Mori Lee that you can get here for under $700 or $500 and when we have specials, they can get them for $400 or $300.”
Offering formal dresses in a variety of designers like PC Mary’s, Jessica McClintock and Milano, the boutique also has several catalogs and online options that can be ordered.
The boutique has several accessories to make any dress complete like tiaras, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and dolls for the quinceanera.
There are tuxedo rentals available as well as attire for the entire wedding party including the bride, flower girl, young ring bearer, and even the mother of the bride.
“We sell quality dresses in a variety of colors that are made in the United States not from China,” stated Mota. “We have had a really good response from our clients and on our Facebook page, we have a majority of five star ratings.”
Growing up in the area, the Central Valley has always been her home which made downtown Riverbank a great place for Mota’s shop.
In 2009, Mota battled stage three breast cancer, which she survived, however; the family owned business went through some hard times during that period as well where they almost had to close the doors. Mota beat cancer and the business survived as well.
“I survived it and we are happy,” added Mota. “We are a family of nine and we have been here all of our lives. This is home.”
Mota likes being in downtown Riverbank and would like to see more support for the businesses in the downtown area and more people shopping local.
Growing up in a family with five girls and two boys, she said her family only had money for the basics. Mota grew up seeing all those beautiful dresses but could never afford one.
“I didn’t know that I was going to be the owner of all these beautiful dresses,” said Mota. “I don’t wear them but I get to sell them and I get to see them and I get to order many dresses for people and I get to hear from a lot of designers, beautiful designers.”
Mota has a flexible schedule and is open Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. However, she is also willing to meet clients after hours as well as making appointments.
“Our number one rule in this store is courtesy, good customer service, and to make sure everyone is comfortable,” stated Mota. “I want to thank all previous customers that have been here and that have been part of Martha’s Quinceanera and Bridal and thank them for their support and welcome all new customers anytime. We are here to serve them.”
For more information visit Martha’s Quinceanera and Bridal on Facebook, on Instagram at Martha’s Quince gowns, or call 209-863-8128.