The Bunny Patch – from our Downtown Dexter Issue (Oct 16)

Oct 30, 2014

When a pageant, prom or formal approaches it’s time for a visit to The Bunny Patch.

Owner Peggy Barks’ shop enjoys mainstay status in downtown Dexter, and has serviced generations of patrons for 27 years.

On Monday, SEMO TIMES found Peggy at the back of her temporary location, sitting at a sewing machine designing custom fittings as she has for a couple of generations of clients. Her large, 8,000 + square-foot shop is in the midst of renovations, she explained. After so long in the same location, Barks decided her store could use a face lift.

“I don’t have even half my inventory here,” she said. “It will be very, very nice when we get back there.”

The Bunny Patch sells fashions for all kinds of formal events, Barks said.

“Most of them custom made,” she noted. “We sell prom, pageant and bridal gowns.

“We have tux rentals, shoes and other accessories, too.”

Beyond her “extensive inventory” lies the jewel of the crown.

“We offer friendly and courteous service,” she said. “We have in-house alterations.

“Most customers know when they come here, the dress is going to fit,” Barks continued. “I have no idea how many dresses I’ve made. Thousands. Thousands and thousands. People I’ve served are bringing their grandchildren here.”

That kind of personal service is what continues to bring people to The Bunny Patch in search of the perfect gown, she noted.