1819 Knickerbocker Rd. San Angelo, TX, 76904
(325) 949-3782

Korona's History from the Owner

Hi there! My name is Patty Korona Bunyard.  Korona’s Formal Wear is working to get reopened as soon as possible.  We are starting with Retail To Go hours 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Friday April 24th.  We are both excited and cautious.

Here’s some Korona’s history in San Angelo, Texas:

 

My parents, Louise and Wilson Korona, and siblings, Terry, Sandy, and Kevin.  Billy and I weren't born yet!

 

1960- Louise and Wilson Korona, my parents, bought The Fabric Shop in downtown San Angelo.  My grandmother, Annabelle Hillyer, had worked at that shop for 10 years. In 1963, my parents moved our family to San Angelo to take over operations. 

 

My brothers and sisters: Sandy, Kevin, Me, Billy, and Terry

 

1970- Louise and Wilson built a 13,00 square foot building for the fabric store on empty Knickerbocker Road across from San Angelo Stadium.  My two brothers, two sisters, grandmother, parents, and me have worked and played in the store.  Seems to me, that’s all we did. Korona’s is truly a family small business. 

 

My mother Louise, my first born Sawyer, and Me!

 

1980s- We changed our store name to Korona’s Formal Wear and began selling bridal gowns and renting tuxedos and then added formal dresses. We have always evolved and found new ways and merchandise to sell to the people and communities around San Angelo.

 

My oldest daughter Sawyer and her husband Nathan and my youngest daughter Bailey and her husband Ryan

 

1990s-2000s- I raised two daughters and their friends in our store. We chose dresses for Glenn and Freshman Campus Favorites dances, Tri Hi Y (now Tri Phi) dances, and their proms. We rented tuxedos to everyone’s dates.  Both girls got married and wore the most beautiful wedding dresses from my store. 

 

Me! Multitasking right before the Stay at Home order

 

2020- I’ve seen my family come and go working at the store. I have employed countless young people in their first jobs.  My background in fabrics and sewing thrills me when a beautiful bride or a stunning prom girl loves the way they look in their dress altered to fit by me and my staff.  Sometimes it’s the first dress they’ve ever worn and that is a good feeling.

This year, we celebrate 60 years in business as a family.  Thank you for being there with us all these years.  We look forward to being there and seeing you soon.