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The Wear House Accessorized: A passion for fashion and personal service

The Wear House Accessorized
2395 Maple Road
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 636-8234
www.thewearhouseaccessorized.com

Everyone warned Leah Steinhart and Sandy Wisbaum that going into business together would ruin their friendship. After more than 50 years that relationship, and the store they opened in 1975, The Wear House Accessorized, is still going strong.

Bright and welcoming, The Wear House Accessorized is THE store for women with a passion for fashion (borrowing the store’s clever tagline). Sandy and Leah order limited numbers in each size of the stylish clothing they carry to ensure a constantly changing assortment for their devoted shoppers. And, as the store’s name reflects, they sell a large selection of unique and affordable accessories.

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The Wear House Accessorized showcases jewelry and more

The Wear House Accessorized showcases jewelry and more

Both owners work in the store every day and personally greet customers and help them with their selections. As we watched from the sidelines, Sandy helped a shopper find the perfect necklace to coordinate with her coral peep toe heels. Meanwhile, Leah convinced another to try on a blouse she was skeptical of at first; moments later the customer emerged from the dressing room with a happy smile wearing the darling top that flattered her. She later purchased it.

“We are very concerned about how [our customers] look and we want them to be happy with what they purchase so we keep that in mind and we get a feel for what they’re looking for…We truly want to know what they need and as they describe it we can size them up and see just what they would look best in,” said Leah. “And sometimes they’ll say ‘I can’t try that on,’ but we’ll encourage them to do so and the minute they come out of the dressing room we can tell they feel like a million dollars.”

Some customers leave the shopping entirely up to Leah and Sandy. Sitting in the hallway was a box earmarked for a customer containing two jackets she had never seen. This customer trusts the owners’ choices completely.

“We buy with the person in mind and hope to hit the right size, which we typically do,” said Sandy. “Invariably we have almost no returns. It just goes and works for them. They love it and it was exactly what they were looking for.”

The Wear House Accessorized is also known as a champion for the community, and Leah and Sandy support a number of charities. For years the store held a fashion show to support the American Cancer Society, which they still fundraise for. The two owners have held in-store fundraisers to help Special Spaces, a charity that remodels seriously ill children’s bedrooms, and a Grey Hound Rescue. They also fundraise for schools, colleges and other local organizations.

Scarves on display

Scarves on display

“There are people who walk in the store and say ‘I now know what heaven is like,’” said Leah.

Make a day of it!

If you’re in the Buffalo area, iconic Niagara Falls is a must see. Western New York also has other natural, cultural and historic wonders most worthy of a visit:

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens – A gardener’s delight, this conservatory is a national historic site, education center and breathtaking tourist destination featuring exotic plants from around the world. Buffalo also has gorgeous parks, many created by Frederick Law Olmsted – one of the master minds behind New York City's Central Park.

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture – Tour homes constructed by the famed architect and other contemporaries.

Sporting Events – The NFL’s Bills and NHL’s Sabres call Buffalo home. During the summer, check out harness racing at Buffalo Raceway or take in a Buffalo Bisons game, the Triple A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. There’s a sport for every season in Buffalo!

Visit www.visitbuffaloniagara.com for a complete list of attractions.

Some of The Wear House's stylish clothing

Some of The Wear House's stylish clothing