Boom Babies: a taste of vintage, a touch of modern prom
It’s casual. It’s classy. And when shoppers walk through the door of one Westcott shop, they can surf the racks for a style just their own.
Boom Babies prom and vintage clothing store sells formal dress attire, casual clothing, shoes, and accessories for teens to women around 70 years old. Owner and founder Lorraine Koury started the store 29 years ago, and continues to help first-time and returning customers find their style at the shop on 489 Westcott St.
Michelle Giaraud, an employee at Boom Babies, said she has valued Koury’s taste in the five years they have worked together.
“Everything in Boom Babies comes from Lorraine,” she said. “It’s constantly changing. The store is never the same.”
As one of the largest prom dress suppliers in the region, Boom Babies can draw customers from places including Canada, Pennsylvania and the New York State counties, Giaraud said. People come to Syracuse for the store’s reputation.
Koury and her employees help clients through the entire dress selection process, Giaraud said.
“We aren’t cold and put together like a mall,” she said.
Kate Lanza, a Syracuse University neuroscience student, has worked at Boom Babies since the summer. She helps customers find the dresses that fit their style and shape through one-on-one consultation.
She said she loves that most women can find clothes or accessories no matter their personality.
“It’s like a boutique with good quality,” Lanza said. “We are also really friendly.”
Aimee Leong, a Boom Babies shopper, stops by Boom Babies for their unique products. From silver cigarette holders to statement jewelry, the store offers trinkets for all tastes.
“I know I can’t get [the items] anywhere else,” she said. “I don’t worry about finding things in my kind of style,everything in there fits.”
With an array of different materials and crazy patterns filling the store’s everyday clothing section, Leong sometimes likes to just browse.
“Anyone who stops in should check out the vintage tins and containers,” she said.
Besides sales during prom season, which run for five months of the year, the store sells merchandise at the CNY Regional Market and seasonal festivals. Koury often stocks jewelry and vintage from estate sales around the East Coast.
Giaraud said between the year-round full wardrobe options and the prom inventory, Boom Babies has grown. The store manifests Koury’s vision to offer a personal and one-of-a-kind stop for women looking to find their style.