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1719 S Hillside StWichita, KS 67211Map & Directions
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: (800) 669-3262
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: No
By Appointment Only: No
Don't waste your time. Sales associates were rude. The store itself is unshoppable. Dresses are packed so tightly onto the metal pipes they use as racks that the dresses are almost impossible to look through. Some selection in the $200-400 range, but most were over $500. No pictures due to "copy right laws?" Yet they could take a Polaroid, which they grabbed out of your hand if you left the store without the dress. The fitting room area was tiny, and room to actually have anyone else looking at the dress was very limited.
The store was dingy and musty smelling. Un fathomable how they stay in business.
Don't judge a book by it's cover! The outside isn't much to look at, BUT there is a ton of dresses in all sizes, colors, styles and prices. If you are a "princess" and looking for everyone to fawn all over you, go to the expensive shops. Yes it is tight, but make an appointment early during the week and you'll have plenty of time to plow through all the selections.
The sales ladies knew just what I wanted and helped me in and out of all the dresses I tried on. They were kind, offered suggestions and something to drink to me and my maid of honor.
They offered lay-a-way so I could afford the dress I loved. Alterations were good AND the seamstress made an over jacket from a picture I had to go with my dress.
I won't need another wedding dress, but I have some parties to go to and Parrot-Fa-Nalia is my go to place.
A hoarder's dream come true. Cramped, old, dirty, smelly, dress shop. There were dresses for miles, but I could not even look at one of them, they were shoved on the rack. Too much stuff and not enough room, very overwhelming! And the customer service is lacking in so many areas! Do not waste your time even walking in!
Unlike the big stores, Parrot-Fa-Nalia keeps a nice inventory of rentals for those of us that find ourselves in a pinch. A buddy of mine realized that he didn't have dress shoes for a wedding he was supposed to be in and called me in a panic. I then made one phone call to Parrot-Fa-Nalia, told them the situation and shoe size (BTW it was 15) and they said "No Problem, it's in stock and you can come pick it up." Whew... crisis diverted. Thanks to the nice ladies at Parrot-Fa-Nalia
Would seriously have made a purchase from them if the salesperson hadn't been so rude. She started out nice & helpful but when we didn't jump into a purchase she literally didn't speak to us. We had not been taking up that much of her time on a Monday morning to have her be so rude. Went to look elsewhere & my teenage daughter did not want to return for the dress she really liked, because the salesperson was so rude. I had a similar experience 20+ years ago when I went dress shopping, but decided maybe they had changed & to try again- not going to happen again. I have 3 daughters & will spend a small fortune on dresses in the next few years.... Guess we will not go back to try again.
I went to this place to purchase a dress for my wedding day, the one day girls look forward to all their lives, immediately when i was in there you could smell a musky scent as if you were in a basement, i found a dress that i liked and put 150.00 dollars on it, a short time later while my fiance was looking for something he found the picture of me in my dress, so i went in to find a dress i could exchange it for, all over the walls it states that you can get in store credit if an exchange is needed, they proceeded to tell me that i could only do it after 5 days! i was never told that, and when i asked what i was supposed to do, they told me that maybe he shouldnt be looking around in my stuff! are you serious? who are you to tell me something about my life? in short the workers are rude, it is a small crowed store, and they dont care if your wedding day is ruined or not, they dont care about helping. they pretty much made 150.00 for nothing, they pocketed it and put the dress up for resale anyways... dont go here, they will screw you over.....
Where do I start? This was my first experience prom dress shopping, and it almost ruined my excitement.
Parrot fa Nalia is in a rundown, hole-in-the-wall building. I was already second guessing going inside just seeing it.
There's no room to move inside. The entire store is packed with nothing but plastic covered dresses, so much that you can't even get through to look at them. It's a freaking mess. All the dresses on the floor look as though they've been there a few years. Not to mention the smell, which is like stepping into a moldy basement. There's a hallway for dressing rooms (the doors are a curtain that cover barely half the doorway) and there is absolutely no place to family or friends to view the dress you're trying on.
The staff is pushy, rude, and extremely in-your-face. I was with my boyfriend and mom, who were standing outside the dressing room hallway. One of the associates physically pushed my boyfriend to a chair and told him to stay there. While trying on my dress, associates would randomly open the curtain and walk in and there is NOT enough room for 2 people in the tiny cubicles. After trying on one dress, I left because there wasn't anything there I was looking for. When asked if I was only trying on one dress, the helper in the dressing room immediately became defensive and argumentative. On our way out, two MORE associates stopped us and were astounded that we were leaving and were very rude and stand-offish about it. Not to mention that you can hear them talking about other girls trying things on, or people in the main room, basically just gossiping away.
I wouldn't go back if you paid me and give this zero stars if I could. The store is gross, the dresses look years old, and the staff is incredibly rude and only care about your money (their dresses are extremely overpriced for the quality. The zipper broke the first time I unzipped it.) I suppose everyone has different experiences, but if you choose to shop here, Good Luck!
A real fun place to shop. One of my best shopping experiences ever. The sales staff was awesome! They gave me personal attention as if I was a VIP. It made me feel really good. I’m thrilled with my new dress. These people truly care about their customers. Yea Parrot-fa-Nalia! I love you -- and your parrots, too.
01/22/2011Provided by Citysearch
I disagree with all of these negative reviews. I read them awhile ago before I actually went there and I was prepared for them to be complete witches.. It was the other way around. The ladies there were so nice I described the dress I was looking for to one of the ladies that work their and she went and got it for me so I could try it on. & people say they only have one mirror in the store? There was a mirror in every dressing room. They also keep track of who gets what dress from what school and thats really nice, I've never known another store to do that. And they had just about every dress that was shown in their catalouge and more. The only bad thing about the place was it was a bit crowded.
04/18/2010Provided by Citysearch
this is the worst place that i have ever been to. i had a great experience up until the time that i came to pay for my dress. the ladies who helped me try on wedding dresses were really nice. on the other hand, the owner is a complete witch. i do not understand how she can own a business when she treats people the way she does. i will never reccomend this place to anyone! when i was walking out the door to leave the owner said to me, ""how do expect to pay for a wedding dress when you dont have any money?"" then she told the girl behind me that she shouldn't buy the dress she wanted because she looked fat in it. seriously? after we left a friend of mine called to talk to someone about the service we had, the owner got on the phone yelled at her and hung up the phone. then 5 minutes later she called me friends phone back cussing at her. definitely not going back there and i suggest that you dont either!
Yesterday my mother, me, two of my best friends', and their moms all drove two hours to Wichita to specifically look for a prom dress at Parrot-Fa-Nalia. I regret ever stepping into that place. The people working there were so rude to me and my friends that we had to leave after trying on just a few dresses. I dont think that when you walk in to someone's place of business to spend a good amout of money there, that they should call you fat. We spent over $1,000 in Wichita yesterday and that money was intended for Parrot-Fa-Nalia until we were treated the way we were treated. They're exact words were ""Maybe you should try JC Pennys because they would have more dresses in your sizes."" The website says that they carry dresses from size 0-32. I am FAR from a size 32, I actually wear a 16, and the dresses fit me just fine, but we were so rushed that we didnt even have time to decide whether we liked the dress we had on or not. I only tried 3 dresses on before they were asking me if I was there to buy a dress or just try dresses on. Every one of us was very offended leaving that store. A store that needs an awesome review is Foggy Bottoms. Their service put Parrot-Fa-Nalia's to shame. It was way more organized and the people working there made you feel good about your self, like clothing associates should do. Not to mention they had clean floors, unlike the bird poop on the floors of Parrot-Fa-Nalia. Parrot-Fa-Nalia was horrible and NEVER AGAIN will I go back there or suggest it to anyone.
This store is exactly as the other reviews have stated. Yes, they have lots of dresses that are so crowded on the racks you can not walk between the racks to even see what they have. However, the quality of the dresses for the prices were terrible. For $300 beads shouldn't be falling of the dresses. The stiching was also poor. I didn't see any dresses at all that looked like the ones in there catalouge. Maybe you can order those, but our experience didn't get us that far.
I took my daughter shopping with 2 other teenage girls with their mothers. The dressing rooms are so small no one could go in and help the girls try on their dresses. One of the girls was told by a staff member that she needed the dressing room for someone else. Then when we were asked why we were leaving, we said we wanted to go to the mall and look. One of the employees told the girl, ""you'll never find something at the mall in your size"".
We are 3 families that will never go back or recommend this store to anyone.
I would rate this 0 stars if I could.
09/20/2009Provided by Citysearch
The shop was a little small, but the employees made the dress shopping very hassle free. The employees bent over backwards to make sure you were comfortable and attended to the wants and needs of the shopper. NO high pressure sales, employees continually brought dresses to try on and returned them to the racks, all we had to do was watch our shopper come out in different dresses. We were asked at least 10 times if we would like something to drink or seats, this was also done on a busy Saturday afternoon. I will return the next time my daughters need formals or wedding dresses. The attention we recieved was far above any place we had shopped before in OKC, Tulsa of Dallas areas.
09/24/2008Provided by Citysearch
The title says it all.
So many people have written bad reports to this place! And I'm trying to figure out WHY!?
they have a huge selection of everything for everyone.
- If its a Prom dress, they make sure no one from your high school has bought the same exact dress (+1)
- they have excellent customer service, and seemstress for your dress (+1)
- if you like a dress and its not in your size, find another one just like it in a bigger size and they will size it to YOUR body shape for a reasonable price (+1)
I have a wedding dress which is the only one in its size and its too small -- they're undoing some stitching and also creating a different back so that it would fit without changing the entire dress. (+1)
All I see are negative comments about this place that DESERVES better reviews!
I have 2 Prom Dresses and now a Wedding Dress from Parrot-fa-Nalia and I couldn't have had a better experience from what those ladies did and provided for me in 2002- 2008
07/29/2008Provided by Citysearch
The only redeeming factor of this store was the prices on their wedding dresses. the most expensive I found was around $350. Much cheaper than the traditional bridal shop. With that said, the place looked real cheap from the outside, and didn't look much better inside.
It was very difficult to see what style of dresses I was looking at because they were in plastic bags (that's fine, they need to protect it), and had no picture on the front of what it should look like. The other bridal shops gave me much more personal attention, even in the dressing room because the dresses are difficult to put on and take off, and they cared about the dress staying in excellent condition. Not as much at Parrot-fa-nalia. They gave you a dress in a tiny dressing room, and just told you to let them know when you need to be zipped up. Didn't care if I was dirty, or how I was putting the dress on (putting it on the wrong way could potentially rip the dress). Only had one small mirror in the front of the store.
This store looked more like a costume shop than a bridal shop. It might be better if I was just looking for a prom dress, because they seem to have plenty of those. If you see a dress you like, but it doesn't fit, you can't order another one in your size, because all their wedding gown sales are off-the-rack. Probably why they can sell them so cheap. The staff was not nearly as knowledgeable or professional as the other bridal shops I went to. I wouldn't say they were rude. They weren't. The place was just kinda cheap, and had no class. There was also kind of an unpleasant smell in the place. Might be because of the live parrots they have there. Could be for worse reasons.
I won't tell you not to go there. It depends on what you're looking for. Its entirely possible you could find the dress of your dreams there, and it'll fit fine, and be much more inexpensive than other bridal shops. But its like digging for buried treasure to find one that will work for you.