WEST LAFAYETTE -- Even though the economy is facing challenging times, a business in Coshocton County continues to expand, grow and create more jobs. Universe Bridal and Prom Superstore at the Unusual Junction complex in West Lafayette has recently expanded to accommodate their increased demand.

Universe attracts shoppers from throughout Ohio and surrounding states. Teri Misener, buyer at Universe Bridal said even though they just added on to the store two years ago to expand the bridesmaid department, the recent addition was definitely needed.

"We just opened a new 2,000-square foot wing that is dedicated strictly to the bridal department," she said. "We now have nearly 18,000-square feet of space with 40 dressing rooms and 6,000 dresses in the store. With 1,500 bridal gowns, 1,500 bridesmaid gowns and over 3,000 prom gowns, we are now officially the largest prom and bridal store in the state."

Misener said with the additional space, she was excited to be able to add more designers to her inventory of dresses as well as more bridal and prom accessories.

"We now have the room to accommodate a line of designer purses, more jewelry and shoes," she said. "Plus, I am thrilled that I now have room to offer designer dresses with lower price points which is great for those on tighter budgets such as brand new bridal gowns starting at $149 and prom gowns starting at $49.99. We want to be able to offer a great selection in all price ranges."

The Unusual Junction is also home to a gourmet deli and market and Lava Rock Grill restaurant, which has also recently expanded. Misener said it may seem to be an odd combination -- bridal gowns, cheeses, trail bologna and a restaurant, but customers love it.

"It is fun to see brides leaving the store with their gown in one hand, and a to-go box from the restaurant and a bag of cheese in the other hand," she said.

Universe Bridal and Prom Superstore is located at 56310 U.S. Rt. 36, West Lafayette. They are open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For information, call (740) 545-5005 or check out the Web site at www.auniversebride.com.