Nitsa’s has been a staple for high fashion shopping in Winston-Salem since 1964 when Nitsa Bambalis, founder, opened a custom made clothing and alterations shop on Fourth Street above the family-owned Recreation Billiards – known to most locals as “Rec.” In 1979, Nitsa’s relocated near the Hanes Mall area, and later moved to its current Stratford Road site in1995 when Montaldo’s, a specialty ladies’ clothing shop that originally occupied the space, closed its doors. George Bambalis, who went into business with his mother in1987, is President of Nitsa’s and his wife, Chris, is manager of the Bridal Salon. Additionally, George (whose father and grandfather opened Recreation Billiards in 1947) bought out family in the late1980s and is the current owner of Recreation Billiards and the relatively new speakeasy-style bar, Whisky Box, located on the lower level.
“It’s not what you know. It’s what you do with what you know.”
– George Bambalis
The secret to Nitsa’s longevity in a highly competitive environment is tied to the dedication of its owners and staff, attentive customer service, and the strong relationships built with customers and designers. Always on trend, Nitsa’s carries many exclusive lines that distinguish it from other Winston-Salem clothing shops. For example, Nitsa’s introduced the then up and coming Vera Wang bridal collection in North Carolina 23 years ago, and currently, is the only store in the area to carry the extraordinary sportswear line from London, Ted Baker. As a full-service boutique known for its impeccable taste and friendly service, Nitsa’s has been attracting discriminating, fashion-conscious customers for over 50 years.
“We have fresh new designers and updated décor, but we still provide the same amazing service customers expect!”
– George Bambalis
Relevancy, quality, and style are the trademark of Nitsa’s. For example, George recently gave the premiere Stratford Road location a makeover and brought in many exciting new lines straight from the runways of New York City. Whether shopping for chic and stylish evening wear, or something simple and classy that can go from day into date night or anywhere in between, customers will find just what they are looking for at Nitsa’s. The talented consultants purposefully work with each client to find the perfect selection that is both stylish and flattering. One of the many perks for Nitsa’s customers is the in-house alteration department that is always available to make any adjustments needed to ensure an excellent fit every time! With over five decades of experience bringing some of the newest and most incredibly “just right” clothing lines to his local market, coupled with Nitsa’s signature personal service and in-store alterations, George assures customers that they can continue to “expect the exceptional.”
“Life is a party. Dress like it.”
– Audrey Hepburn
From athleisure (attire you can wear beyond the gym) to cocktail dresses, Nitsa’s has you covered! The broad range of designers and fashion lines, from jeans to special occasion dresses, means there is something for everyone. The incredible array of fabulous jewelry, handbags, scarves, belts, and other great accessories means every clothing item can be “merchandised” to perfectly fit a variety of ages and lifestyles. “You’ll be amazed how adding one small accessory can create freshness and versatility to your wardrobe.” A sample of the high quality, sophisticated, and contemporary fashion lines customers will find at Nitsa’s include:
- Athleisure: Grey State
- Sportswear: Joe’s Jeans, Ted Baker & plenty by Tracy Reese
- Knitwear: Nic and Joe
- Resortwear: Dizzy Lizzy & Gretchen Scott
- Daytime Dresses: La Petite Robe & Bo & Nic
- Cocktail: Badgley Mischka
- Social Occasion: Carmen Marco Valvo & Teri Jon
- Bridal: Hayley Paige & Romona Keveza
“It is important to have fun with clothing, but always be feminine, sophisticated, and in good taste.”
– George Bambalis
For those of you who haven’t done so already, rediscover Nitsa’s or fall in love with them for the first time – either way you’re going to have an amazing experience. Nitsa’s Apparel is located at Stratford Village, 107 S. Stratford Road in Winston-Salem, 336-725-1999. Hours are Monday through Friday 9:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Visit them online at nitsas.com and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for news, events, and trend updates.
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