Dorcas K. Prince
Growing up, Dorcas K. Prince figured she would likely follow the steps of her parents into one of the family’s businesses. As a child in Brinkley, Ark., she worked in her father’s pharmacy and even went to pharmacy school. But instead of dispensing prescriptions, she eventually took over the business her mother started in 1977 in a room above the family’s pharmacy.
Today, Prince and her husband, Stan, own Low’s Bridal & Formal, which employs more than 30 people and sells bridal or attendant gowns for as many as 5,000 weddings annually. With more than 3,000 bridal gowns in stock, a figure greater than the town’s population, the store has one of the largest selection of bridal gowns in the South and regularly draws brides-to-be from Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas hoping to find the perfect wedding dress. That quantity of inventory caused the business to expand from its early location above the pharmacy. It is now housed in the restored 25,000-square-foot hotel building, constructed in 1913 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, that served the former vibrant railroad town between Memphis and Little Rock.
Hometown: Brinkley, Ark.
First job: Working in my father’s pharmacy wrapping packages, I started when I was 8 years old.
Favorite food: Butter fish with black rice from Roy’s in Honolulu or grilled halibut if I can’t get to Hawaii.
What was your first big break? Being born into a hard working family.
What attracted you to your career? Family business has always been in my blood.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? To be able to keep a 42-year-old business growing each year.
What’s something others would be surprised to know?
I enjoyed fishing with my father.
What do you love most about what you do? Being part of one of the most important days of our brides’ lives. As a bride walks down the aisle toward her husband to be and start a new chapter of life, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful moment.
What quality do you most admire in other women?
Strength and fortitude.
Person, past or present, you admire most? Elizabeth Tilley, my ancestor that came on the Mayflower.
Do you have a personal motto? Come to work every day, do your best.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Hot Springs, Ark. I have traveled to many places in our country and around the world, and Arkansas is my choice.