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2010, Sussex Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Lockhart Weddings and Special Occasions-Amazing Gowns,
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When Alaina Lockhart went on maternity leave from her successful human resources career in 2004, she had an epiphany. While in HR, she planned several parties and thought about a career in corporate event planning. While exploring this opportunity she contacted Tammy Lee who was selling her bridal business of the same name. In October, after accessing the business’ value, Alaina Lockhart purchased the company. She said to herself, “I guess I sell dresses now!”
Alaina quickly changed the name of the business to Lockhart’s Weddings and Special Occasions “I am not just a shopkeeper. If I wanted it to be my way, I needed to invest time, money and energy.”
Today, when you step into this unique shop, you immediately feel at home. You are always greeted by a warm and friendly welcome. Staff members are charming and sincere. “I know all of our staff would lose sleep if something was not right.”
One of the aspects of choosing a dress is the style and look. Lockhart’s is known for carrying the newest and most respected collections each season. Another important aspect is trust. Their professional staff wants to help each bride make their special day memorable.
When asked to describe her vision, “I once considered multiple locations but when you do business models and measure against life balance, I like the flexibility and time to spend with my husband and children. We have room in our current location to grow.”
Alaina says that the CBDCs and Women and Business have been very helpful. “Once you are client, you have a resource there, someone to call. I participated in a lot of training, from QuickBooks to merchandising. Through Danielle Sullivan as well, we started a Women’s Network in Sussex.”
Named the Sussex Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2010, Alaina says it was an amazing honour. “It was nice to share achievements with the people know you as a child, who you went to school with.”
This dynamic entrepreneur married her husband Rick in 2001 and has a seven-year-old daughter and two step-daughters. Alaina began a new business adventure with her partner Dawn called “Front Door Retreats and Adventures.”

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