OUR HISTORY

America's Oldest Bridal Salon

When Sophia Carlisle opened her small business in 1888, Grover Cleveland was sitting in the White House and nearly every woman of fashion was wearing an impressive hat. Nowadays hats have largely gone by the wayside, but women still demand beautiful fashions, especially on their wedding day, and Carlisle's Bridal of Pittsburgh is still here to meet the need.
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Convenient Location

Located across from the south entrance to Ross Park Mall, Carlisle's Bridal of Pittsburgh offers easy accessibility, FREE parking, and beautiful showroom all arranged on a single floor.

Come see us today at 7219 McKnight Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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A Brief History of Our Business

  •  Sophia Carlisle opens her business in 1888
  • Her apprentice, Marie, marries Sophia's son, Irwin, and continues designing custom veils and headpieces for the next 70 years
  • In the 1930s, Sophia's grandson, Harold Stokely, introduces bridal dresses and formal wear through weekly fashion shows
  • In 1966, Sophia's great-granddaughter, Betty Workman, starts learning the business and a few years later brings in her daughter, Jan Winner, to work in the stockroom
  • Today Betty is the firm's president and Jan is the store manager
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Dedicated Service at One Location

Unlike the brides of yesterday, you're very likely a full-time professional no longer living at home. While the personal effort required to plan your wedding has increased, your time has not, which is why we put so much emphasis on meeting your needs at our store.
  • Unique and confined dresses available
  • All fittings on the premises
  • Custom alterations
Our promise to you is complete dedication to your service!
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