Syble Latta, owner of Poffie Girls, began working out of her home in 1969, assisting local brides in creating their dream weddings on a modest budget. As a single mother, she was working not only to provide for brides, but for her family. By 1974 Syble’s reputation for quality and attention to detail quickly had grown into a store front in Akers Shopping Center. The store now occupies a fully renovated 6500 square foot plantation-style home that propels customers into a world of southern hospitality and charm.
Where did the name Poffie Girls come from? Years ago, the term of endearment was given to her, then six year old daughter, Pam, because of her frilly dresses and graceful mannerisms. What a splendid name for the business, a name as unique as every bride that would pass through its doors. “Poffie Girl” was a nickname given to Pam by her brother, Tim.
Syble exemplifies the dedication and drive necessary to create a successful business and attributes her success to customer dedication, a commitment to meeting customer needs and maintaining good customer service. Syble states, “I believe anything you want is in the realm of possibility; you choose your own path and drive your own success. She is excited about what lies ahead, and firmly believes that continuing to love what you do is essential to a successful and fulfilling career. Her hope is that many generations to come will trust Poffie Girls for all their bridal and social occasion needs.
Syble, her husband Bob, and daughter Pam, along with the wonderful staff at Poffie Girls look forward to greeting old friends as they return to prepare for the special occasions in their lives and often bringing with them the next generation of Poffie Girls.
AWARDS and ACHIEVEMENTS:
- Poffie Girls has been chosen for The Knot’s ” Best in Weddings “, as voted by local brides since 2007.
- Syble Latta, owner of Poffie Girls, was presented the small business Woman of the Year award by the Gaston Chamber of Commerce in 1994.
- The Gaston Gazette has honored Poffie Girls in their yearly ” Best of Gaston “ section as the best bridal and formal boutique in Gaston County voted on by the public.
- Vicki Jefferies, manager of Poffie Girls, was voted employee of the Year by the Gaston County Chamber of Commerce. Vicki, became a consultant for Poffie Girls in 1996 and is now the store manager.
- An episode of the ” Platinum Weddings “ TV show, was filed in the setting of Poffie Girls beautiful bridal boutique and featured one of Poffie Girls brides choosing her bridal gown.
- Poffie Girls has been featured in many bridal industry magazines as one of the most beautiful bridal salons in the Southeast.
- Poffie Girls brides have been featured brides, including on the covers of Carolina Bride Magazine and Premiere Bride Magazine and as far away as New Orleans in the prestigious St. Charles Avenue Magazine.
- Poffie Girls was presented a Key to the City by the Mayor of Gastonia for entrepreneurial excellence and commitment to the community.
- Poffie Girls was recognized on the front page business section of the Charlotte Observer for their success as a small business and thriving in hard economic times.