It all started with simply made and beautiful jewelry. Bracelets, necklaces and earrings doted local Findlay businesses back then, until Pam Hamlin realized that hand making jewelry was something she loved to do and something people loved to see and wear.
After discovering and connecting with wholesalers that had quality products and finding that she wanted to open her own store, Hamlin decided to open up TRENDS! on Main: a trendy, affordable and local shop that first sold accessories but has grown from its small beginnings to sell everything from bridal attire to homecoming and prom dresses.
Now, TRENDS! is preparing to celebrate ten years in business, and will hold a customer appreciation day the week of April 15.
For main events
When Hamlin discovered that there was a need for a store that sold formal wear after Findlay’s downtown bridal store suffered from a fire, she set out to find the best and brightest prom, homecoming and bridal wear that she could find. During the prom and homecoming seasons, TRENDS! offers high school students different opportunities to be featured on their billboard.
Hamlin said that Trends! On Main also offers other unique features: customers can order any size and color, have free layaway for their favorite dress, and they even have a system that keeps track of each dress color and style and who purchases it so there won’t be anyone wearing the same dress at the same dance.
Their bridal store also features a beautiful yet affordable selection, and TRENDS! holds a trunk show where wedding dresses can be up to 50% off. TRENDS! also features tuxedo rentals and bridesmaid dresses at a discount.
Trends for everyday
Hamlin also notes that formal wear isn’t the only thing that TRENDS! on Main does. Accessories, gifts, and clothes can also be found inside the store.
Hamlin, who is always watching the fashion world to determine the hottest fashions, says that it’s tricky to manage: “Sometimes, I’ll bring something back and it won’t sell, like the colorful patterned palazzo pants trend. Other times, I’ll bring something back like the blanket scarves, and it’ll explode!”
The store that keeps trending
“We’re affordable, and we have a lot of one-size-fits-all styles, so we’re also very inclusive,” said Hamlin. “Our slogan is ‘Let TRENDS! boutique make your wardrobe unique,’ and we try to make it affordable and accessible to everyone.”
TRENDS! on Main has not only been Hamlin’s heart and soul as a business, but also a practice in family togetherness. Hamlin runs the business with her family and hopes to make every customer feel all her love and hard work she has put into her business when people shop at TRENDS! on Main.
501 S. Main St., 419-420-1582