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Eva's Bridal Back in Business After Fire

Eva's of Oak Lawn opens at new location one year after fire

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    A shuttered bridal shop in Villa Park has left at least 15 brides -- and in some cases the entire wedding party -- without dresses for the big day. (Published Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010)

    An Oak Lawn bridal shop destroyed by fire celebrates its grand reopening Monday, one year after the devastating blaze.

    Last November, Eva's Bridal on West 95th Street in Oak Lawn burned in an electrical fire. The building was a total loss. 

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    The rebuilt Eva's Bridal is now just down the street from the old location near 95th Street and Cook Avenue. Days before Thanksgiving, store owner Ronia Ghusein wants to give thanks as they reopen their doors. 

    "The salon has played a part in so many women's lives," Ghusein said. "We have many clients who come in and say 'my grandmother or my mother got her dress here, and now I'm getting my dress here,' and I have profound respect for that sense of generational connection."

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    The special event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to the village manager, police chief and fire chief of Oak Lawn for their help.

    The store is named after Ronia's grandmother, Eva, who started the business in 1964.  

    Brides Magazine recently awarded Eva's Bridal its "Editor's Choice Award."