February 2023
Issue 64

Bridal Shop Says “Yes!” to the 504 Program

SBA 504 Effective Rates for February 2023

25-year6.02% / 6.03% Refi
20-year5.99% / 6.02% Refi
10-year4.43% / 4.45% Refi

Thank you to our Lending Partner on this Project:
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Cassandra “Cassie” Cleary is the founder and sole-owner of Honest In Ivory, a beautiful innovative bridal shop in downtown Spokane, Washington.

Cassie originally obtained her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Washington State University, but after shopping for her own wedding dress, and having to travel to Seattle and Portland for the latest and best styles, she was inspired to bring that experience home to Spokane and had a vision to create not just a store to shop in, but an entire experience for brides, moms and dads, bridesmaids, relatives, etc.

The Bridal Shop

Cassie is a self-taught entrepreneur with a passion for what she does and she established Honest in Ivory LLC as a bridal clothing shop in Spokane, WA on January 4, 2018. Three short years after opening in its original location in a small strip mall, Honest in Ivory found itself in need of more space to accommodate its growing clientele base. The shop moved into the leased space, a two-story brick building, constructed in 1925 to house the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. After substantial renovations in 2014, the building still retains “an industrial feel” which is “in contrast to the beautiful soft lace, tulle, and chiffon of bridal” attire.

All of Honest In Ivory’s dresses are hand-selected by the most stunning designers for a curated collection of wedding dresses. An experience at Honest in Ivory includes customers trying on sample gowns from a curated collection and then ordering the desired size and color combination. Delivery takes from 3 to 8 months. In addition to the gowns, the shop offers alterations and a number of bridal event products including robes, themed t-shirts, announcements, etc. Dearly, a recent addition to the shop, is a new consignment shop located in the upstairs loft that offers consignment gowns to those on a tighter budget or timeline.

Financing Through the 504 Loan Program

Honest in Ivory had been renting the building, but then the option to buy it was presented. Cassie wanted the opportunity to build equity and ensure that her monthly occupancy payment would stay consistent. NWBDA in partnership with US Bank and the SBA 504 Loan Program helped her do that! She was able to secure the low down-payment for the program and because of the 25-year loan term, was able to make the lower monthly payment which is locked in for the life of the loan!

NWBDA is delighted that we could assist Cassie in securing this building for her flourishing bridal shop business!

“Working with NWBDA allowed me to achieve my audacious goal of purchasing my commercial space, a purchase that otherwise would not have been feasible through a traditional lender.” ~ Cassie Cleary

Visit their website: https://www.honestinivory.com

Bridal Shop Brides

Eastern Washington/
Northern Idaho
Eric Sartell
(509) 904-5169

Southwestern Washington/
North Oregon
Jim Bright
(360) 521-5704

Western Washington

Elizabeth Rusnak
(425) 286-6673

Central Washington

Lisa Vincent
(509) 469-5040


Evan Heriot
(541) 228-5015

Western Washington

Mark Beppler
(425) 505-3263

January’s Loan Fundings

NWBDA funded 6 new
projects for the total amount

January’s Loan Approvals

NWBDA approved 5 new
projects for the total amount
of $12,188,234

In the month of January,
NWBDA helped create 75
new jobs
in the local communities

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