Inattentive driver crashes into Millie’s Tux and Bridal

Crews from the Mentor Company work to clean up the damage done to Millie’s Tux and Bridal on Friday after a car crashed into the front of the store. - Photo by Kassie Korich
Crews from the Mentor Company work to clean up the damage done to Millie’s Tux and Bridal on Friday after a car crashed into the front of the store.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

Friday was a typical day for Mary Flanagan, owner of Millie’s Tux and Bridal in Silverdale, until she discovered a car had crashed through the front door of her store.

A woman, driving a 2000 Toyota Avalon, was reportedly pulling into a parking space at 9 a.m. when she dropped a piece of paper on the car floor and accidently pressed the accelerator instead of the brake, crashing into the store.

“It was loud, really loud,” said James Hensley, an employee of the Mentor Company which owns the building.

He was across the street when the accident occurred. No one was in the building at the time of the accident.

Broken glass littered the ground and front window mannequins laid sprawled on the sidewalk. Many of the front posts and beams were damaged as well as some of the brick work. The Mentor Company was still determining damage costs at press time on Monday.

Fortunately for the driver, she sustained no injuries and her car received only minor scratches.

The accident, however, couldn’t have come at a worst time for Flanagan, as she had just displayed her new springtime inventory in the window. Within seconds the floral arrangements, mannequins and dresses were quickly transformed into a mountain of disarray. She estimates the loss to her inventory to be more than $5,000 and is still waiting to hear whether or not her insurance will cover the costs.

“We’re pretty upset, but we will be back stronger than ever,” she said.

She’s expecting to reopen the store today, but has since had to turn away customers. Those who ordered dresses for the weekend were rerouted to Millie’s Tux Warehouse on Chico Way.

“When they finally let us in again on Friday, we brought the dresses to the tux shop and we prepared them over there,” she said. “The brides were taken care of, we’re not going to let our brides down.”

She is confident the business will be back to its original condition before too long.

“Millie’s has been known to come back right away,” she said. “That’s what we do.”

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