Denise Weiss and Debi Gardini, who are sisters, launched Annie’s Bridal and Dress Shoppe in downtown Fort Dodge, Iowa on February 2, 2015. The store is named after our late mother, Annie Paterson. The opening date would have been our mother’s 79th birthday. We played around with different names, but ultimately, we wanted our mother’s name in it. We have hints of lavender and purples throughout the store in our decor because this was our mother’s favorite color. The store specializes in outfitting the entire wedding party for their special day.
Debi has a BA in accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and teaches part-time in the area. She resides in the community with her husband Dean. Debi and Dean are parents to a son, Andrew, married to Tammy, and grandparents to a boy and girl. Debi is an accomplished seamstress, having designed her own wedding dress 30 years ago.
Denise has her BS in Secondary Education and has taught and coached in the area for several years. She and her husband Jeff reside on the family estate. Denise has 4 daughters: Kimberly and Katherine, of West Des Moines, Kristine (Joshua) of Fort Dodge, and Kourtney, Ames. Denise has many years of designing and fitting experience with formal gowns.