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Since 1964 when Nitsa Bambalis, founder, opened a custom-made clothing and alterations shop above the family-owned Recreation Billiards on Fourth Street, Nitsa’s Apparel has been attracting discriminating, fashion-conscious patrons. For over 50 years, Nitsa’s has been known as a haven for women of style who are searching for chic and timeless classic looks in a place of beauty and joy. To the casual observer, it is abundantly clear from the moment you walk into the luxurious, full-service boutique that the consultants are not only highly knowledgeable and experienced, but they are a tight-knit family who considers their customers family, too! Especially now, during the pandemic, husband and wife team George and Chris Bambalis know that a comfortable, safe, and welcoming space for women to come together, share in their love of shopping, and build a supportive community is more important than ever.
“We love the relationships we have established through the years. We love our patrons, and they love us.”
The Nitsa’s Family
George Bambalis: Co-owner
Nitsa’s offers the most current and stylish women’s clothing of impeccable taste that appeals to a variety of ages and lifestyles. George understands the importance of having a broad range of designers and fashion lines, from jeans to social occasion dresses, to ensure there is something for everyone. According to Bambalis, the expert style consultants work purposefully with each patron to find the perfect selection that is both fashionable and flattering. While there is no replacing the exceptional customer service and merchandise selection offered at Nitsa’s, Bambalis realizes that online shopping is an important part of retail shopping today, and in order to better meet the needs of those who are unable to come into the store during shopping hours, or who live far away, he is happy to share that Nitsa’s apparel will make their online shopping presence debut in 2021.
“We’re grateful to be able to serve the community and we want to offer the very best for our customers. The human connection is what we are about.”
– George Bambalis
Chris Bambalis: Co-owner and Manager, Bridal Salon
Chris has been helping brides transform their wedding daydreams into realities for two decades. Upon entering the new bridal salon through the gorgeous etched glass French doors for the very first time, senses are on overload in this bridal wonderland. An abundance of natural light streams in as sunbeams dance across the pristine white hardwood floors as the eye is drawn to a stunning flower wall – Chris’ 3:00 a.m. inspiration as the finishing touch to this stylish and enchanting space. Many shapes, sizes, and shades of white and ivory are represented in this vertical floral arrangement, which showcases hundreds of intricately designed paper flowers among the nearly 70 handmade silk flowers. “The variety of flowers represents the diversity of dreams brides have for their special day,” says Chris. Although the pandemic has dashed or postponed many elaborate wedding plans, Chris’ optimism and creative energy have helped many brides embrace change, reimagine their special day, and keep the focus on the real meaning of the occasion.
“Every bride deserves a magnificent wedding day, and it gives me so much joy to see all of our brides so excited as they see themselves in their beautiful dresses and know that their vision is realized.”
Allison Anderson: Manager of Sportswear and Social Occasion
For over two decades, Allison has been a familiar face at Nitsa’ Apparel. She has built a rapport with hundreds of patrons across time, and her kindness, honesty, and trust keep them coming back. As a seasoned style professional with a high level of taste, Allison understands that women like to express their own distinct personalities through fashion, and she is there to help them do just that. Whether customers are shopping for a great looking, quality dress, a well-constructed pant, or a glamorous social occasion or mother of the bride or groom dress, she desires to help women look their very best. Even though there are limited social events to attend until COVID-19 is eradicated, she understands the value of freshening up a wardrobe with a new top, piece of jewelry, scarf, or handbag, and with a plethora of options, customers will have no trouble finding the perfect accessory to complement any outfit.
“It is always gratifying for me to help our customers look and feel their very best! When they leave the store with a smile on their face, it makes my heart happy.”
Shannon Hodges: Manager and Lead Esthetician of the SkinCare Boutique @Nitsa’s.
Shannon is a trusted skincare professional with over 20 years’ experience and her ability to provide a tranquil, rejuvenating oasis dedicated to facials, waxing, and other beauty treatments is unmatched. Inside the SkinCare Boutique, every precaution is taken to ensure each client’s experience is not only relaxing, but safe. Amid the pandemic, when people are stressed a little more than usual, one glorious hour of pampering is just the respite they need. And, with so much mask-wearing, there is more need than ever before to renew and rehydrate the overall skin tone of your face. Shannon expertly customizes treatments based on individual needs to effectively stimulate, nourish, and illuminate. Call today to schedule an unwinding, reenergizing spa experience.
“Self-care begins with skincare. Love Yourself!”
Millie Hardison: Manager of The Prom Salon and Social Media Coordinator
One of the newest additions to the Nitsa’s family, Millie has been on board for two years. It is highly likely that she will be the first face you see when you enter the store, and you can count on a warm greeting and a big, beautiful smile. Millie enjoys helping patrons discover all that Nitsa’s Apparel has to offer and is adept at making recommendations for pulling together an outfit that is always on-trend. Nitsa’s Apparel has a large social media presence thanks in large part to Millie, who keeps FaceBook and Instagram postings current, informative, and fun!
“Don’t forget to send us pictures. We love to see our customers in their outfits!”
In-House Alterations Department
One of the many perks for Nitsa’s customers is the in-house alterations department that is always available to make any adjustments needed to ensure an excellent fit every time. With over 75 years of collective experience among the highly talented seamstresses, customers can trust that all work is done with care, excellence, and attention to detail.
Many may not realize that Nitsa’s offers outside alterations, too. Whether your shopping is done at Nitsa’s or elsewhere, they will work with you to tailor your wardrobe to look your best.
“Fashion is one part style and three parts fit.”
Whatever the occasion (or just because), the friendly and talented Nitsa’s Apparel staff is dedicated to assisting every customer in finding the look that lets them shine and guarantees the shopping experience is one they will want to repeat again and again. The family atmosphere, attentive customer service, and strong relationships built with boutique goers through the years is a winning combination! When you step through the front doors, you are immediately part of a family…the Nitsa’s family!
“This has been a year like no other for everyone and we are so appreciative of all our patrons for supporting us during this challenging time. We are blessed to be in this business and touch lives, that in turn, touch us. Indeed, we are family!”
For those of you who haven’t done so already, rediscover Nitsa’s or fall in love with them for the first time – either way, you’re going to have an amazing experience. Nitsa’s Apparel is located at Stratford Village, 107 S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, 336-725-1999. Hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10-:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visit them online at nitsas.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for news, events, and trend updates.