‘One-stop-shop’ at Treasure Mountain Inn
November 1, 2013
Wooden signs with phrases that read "Mr. & Mrs.," "So happy together" and "Happily ever after" hung on the walls while invitations, with place cards and menus next to them, framed and color-coordinated. Linda Lukinowski and Terri Gentry own the space for their businesses, RSVP by Linda and Planit PC.
Gentry’s Planit-PC is an event-planning boutique and Lukinowski’s RSVP by Linda creates custom holiday cards, invitations and stationery, among other things. The two women met through a mutual friend when Gentry moved to Park City from Laguna Beach, Calif. in 2008. Together, they signed a lease for a space at the Treasure Mountain Inn on Main Street nine months ago and began operating the space in March.
Gentry originally came to Park City to help open the St. Regis Deer Valley. She has worked in the hotel industry for years and first opened a Planit event boutique in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1994. She later moved it to Laguna Beach in 2003 and re-launched the boutique in Park City in June.
"When I got here, I realized that Park City could use an event company, particularly run by someone with a hotel industry background," Gentry said. "Through that background I have created great relationships with caterers, photographers, people in entertainment and transportation."
When it comes to save-the-dates, invitations, place cards, menus and itineraries, Lukinowski creates custom announcements for anyone who enters Planit-PC for weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs and other events.
Lukinowski has lived in Park City for over 20 years and opened RSVP by Linda nine years ago in a small shop on Kearns Boulevard. In fact, her very first customer on Kearns is a client to this day.
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"She is from Memphis and went into my shop looking for custom invitations to a pig roast she hosts every year, and I am still making those invitations for her, always trying to make them look different than the year before," Lukinowski said. "I would have to say that we have a very steady, repetitive client base."
A cream-colored sofa equipped with fluffy pillows sitting in front of a glass table and two armchairs sits at the entrance of the shop where the large portion of their clients — brides and their mothers or fiancées — can sit and consult with Gentry, Lukinowski or both.
Gentry said that a lot of destination brides enter the shop with a limited time to get things done, and she counts on her relationships with florists, bands and venues to get a lot done in a short amount of time.
She recalls saving one bride $1,300 on hair and make-up and helped save even more for another bride on a band just by calling up "a friend."
"We try to keep it fun and relaxed and get everything done by the time their family and friends come into town so they can enjoy time with them," Gentry said.
When it comes to invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, menus and programs, Lukinowski said that some people have ordered custom invitations or ordered from vendors she carries at the shop, such as Crane & William Arthur, Tag & Co., Lallie, Wiley Valentine or Vera Wang.
She has seen some products ordered for a couple of dollars apiece, or the most expensive she has seen ordered has been $85 apiece. She said it depends on what the customer wants and is proud to offer a large variety of options.
Her favorites are the bar and bat mitzvah invitations, because she offers a vendor called Mosaica, which makes their products in Israel.
"For the bar and bat mitzvahs, I will also have a tree planted in The Children’s Forest in Israel for them," Lukinowski said.
Gentry and Lukinowski pride themselves on their customer service, creating a relaxing environment for what Gentry says can become a chaotic event. Lukinowski said she and Gentry are both very malleable when it comes to relationships with their clients.
"We had one mother-of-the-bride that was very traditional and a bride that was not, so we had to bring in both styles," Gentry said. "We get to know the different mother-daughter relationships and then adapt."
Gentry hopes that they will be able to fill the empty space next door with a floral shop, Destination PC (another company Gentry wants to start up soon) and gift and welcome-basket shops.
"We want to create a sort of ‘bridal bar,’" Gentry said. "Hopefully soon we will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for Park City brides."