Best One-Stop Shop for Quinceañeras

Since 1995, Pablo and Elizabeth Calderón have helped Hispanic families design the perfect quinceañera—an elaborate tradition-filled party to celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday. Pablo, who arrived from Baja California in 1970, says his work as a catering chef inspired him to fill a missing niche for quinceañera supplies, and the business took off—along with the local Hispanic population. Elaborate centerpieces, tiaras, bouquets, religious keepsakes, vases, candles, ribbons and silk flowers fill the 6,800-square-foot Casa de Calderon. The shop is getting a fresh exterior coat of turquoise, the trendiest color for quinceañera dresses. Speaking of dresses, Elizabeth designs them; they range from $650-$5,000 and can go from sketch to final fitting in less than three months. Says Pablo, “We supply a unique product, because each girl’s celebration should be unique.” 1703 E. Charleston Blvd., 383-9986.