Fashion virtuoso Patrice Catan
Born Patrice Catanzarite, Patrice Catan-Alberty, is an entrepreneur in the bridal business. She credits her career success to herfather, who opened his first small artificial flower store in 1954. The fledgling business Pat Catanzarite began was the seed that grew into Pat Catan’s Craft Centers, one of the country’s largest importers, manufacturers and wholesalers of crafts and craft-related products, now with 20 stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Growing up in the Great Depression and serving in World War II taught Mr. Catan the value of hard work and dedication. The Pat Catan family still carries on those same traditions and values today.
In 1988, Mrs. Catan approached her father with a new idea. A designer by trade, she wanted to open a bridal salon. With her father’s enthusiastic support, she launched Catan Bridal in 1990. She has earned numerous business awards, including the Gold Award for Best Bridal Retail, every year since 2003. Once the largest Bridal Salon in the nation, Patrice serviced tens of thousands of brides and was a featured speaker at bridal events across the country.
After a short retirement, Patrice launched a new concept in Bridal. The new Catan Fashions, now in Broadview Heights, Ohio, focuses solely on the Bride. With so many retailers closing their doors, Patrice wanted to be sure that the traditions and experiences of shopping for a Bridal Gown are not lost. The mission is simple, provide Brides unparalleled service, quality, experience, reliability, and pricing.
Mrs. Catan is keeping her father’s legacy alive through the philanthropic organization he started for children, the Pat Catan Foundation. One of the group’s funding recipients was Strongsville, home of the new Pat Catan Strongsville High School Stadium.