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It’s been said that in prosperity our friends know us, but in adversity we know our friends; words with deeper meaning for contemplation by Michael Jacobs and his wife Ghada these days at Jacobs Gowns, Footwear and Accessories Ltd. For ten years the thriving dress boutique and shoe emporium was presided over by Michael's sister Betty-anne Krndija; whose commitment to the 'one stop', hassle free shopping experience, coupled with a zest for life and entrepreneurial spirit made Jacobs a much admired fashion hub in the heart of the Town of Tecumseh. "She was unique and genuine," admits Michael, "Not just to her family, but someone who gave to the community as much as they embraced her right up until last year." That was when Betty learned she had Hodgkins Lymphoma; eventually succumbing to the disease and leaving the future of Jacobs temporarily in question. Unable to commit to the business full time, Betty's husband, Aleks was faced with a painful scenario; either close Jacobs or sell it to competing interests. A third option did exist. “It was not just a job for her," explains Michael, "... it was a passion to make people feel beautiful. This was no doubt what attributed to the ultimate success of the business. When Aleks considered the sale to us he truly believed that we have what it takes to continue this passion for making women feel beautiful and for selecting only the best hand-picked inventory.” So, with Michael's business savvy and Ghada's passion for fashion, they decided to take over Jacobs; determined to make it as fine a store as it ever was while continuing in the good works that Betty began.

From prom and bridal dresses to handbags, shoes and other fashion accessories, Jacobs has everything to send you off in style," Ghada proudly declares, "Every size, different prints, patterns and lots of colour!" But that's not all. The boutique has also established itself as the exclusive carrier of Yolanta and Georgianni: hand crafted collections of designer jewellery made from rare Austrian, European and Swarovski crystals. Exclusive carriers of Skechers and their exciting Shape Ups, Jacobs' shoes collection presents a marquee of top brand names like Nina, Collection Portia and A.Marinelli; casual footwear by Nine West, Steve Madden, Franco Sarto, Clarks, Hush Puppies, Aerosoles and Bandolino. The boutique also boasts extensive formal and evening attire from BG Haute, Scala, Sherri Hill, Mon Cheri, Tony Bowls, Montage, JS Groupe, Private Label, Morrell Maxie, among others. "Jacobs reputation was built on reliability as well as distinction," explains Ghada, "Our customers know that we carry unique as well as classic looks for all occasions. Our goal has always been to provide both quality and value in an atmosphere that is relaxed and inviting. In that, I believe Jacobs best embodies the perfect blend of style and comfort." With their focus on tradition, Michael and Ghada have made welcomed changes, adding a hot beverage and candy bar concession, as well as developing a website for informative shopping. Recently involved in the 1st Annual Ladies Expo in Windsor, Michael and Ghada have plans to partake in 2010's Extravaganza Wedding Show at the Caboto Club. So, discover all that Jacobs has to offer on line at www.jacobsboutique.com or join the family at their 13300 Green Valley Plaza location. Michael and Ghada look forward to serving you.

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