Lori’s Costume Shop invites you to be someone else for awhile. A permanent fixture in downtown West Bend, for almost 30 years, Gloria Menzel created most of the costumes in the shop herself. Gloria turned down offers that would have removed the shop inventory from local schools and theater groups because she preferred it to remain a rental business in West Bend.
Lori and John Wanninger purchased the business in 2005 from Gloria. Lori is also a seamstress and has continued the tradition of custom costume making per request. Lori and John felt it was important that the shop stay in its long time location and, along with the building owner, have completely renovated the space. The shop has its own sewing room where Lori, her mother Susan Greasby and other seamstresses create the costumes.
With increasing inventory of costumes and expanding to do Wedding and clothing alterations, the business was moved to the building of the Old Fashion Bakery was.
Lori’s Costume Shop has an impressive inventory of over 4,000 costumes available. Lori and John reopened the shop with new hours; they accept appointments. The shop supplies costumes and theatrical supplies for area theater groups, such as the West Bend Children’s Theatre, which has relied on the shop for over 20 years. If you enjoy costumes, Lori’s Costume Shop is top-of-the-line.