Taylor Made Designs has been providing unique and personalized crafts to the Opelika/Auburn area for the last 18 years. Locally owned and operated, Taylor Made Designs offers handmade and trendy jewelry as well as a fun mix of gifts and accessories. Lynn Bradakis, the owner, and her daughter Taylor Sumrall have a simple mission—to be there for the community. Sumrall, the namesake of the business and the store manager, says, “We want our customers to be empowered daily with accessories that make them feel more confident. We want to make holidays and special occasions simple with the perfectly wrapped gift for anyone on your list.”
Sumrall loves the work she does and is grateful to be able to provide her services to the community. With a constant array of new collections, including the Local Love Maps and Wire Wrapped Peas in a Pod, Sumrall wants to help create a one-of-a-kind experience for her customers and make sure they leave with something perfectly “taylor-made” for them. Says Sumrall, “We take the time to get to know our customers, and we push our creativity to the limits for them. We enjoy being a part of their story.”
While you may know Taylor Made Designs as the quaint little store in the heart of Downtown Opelika, it started in Bradakis’s home by accident. She was looking for a picture frame to hold a picture of her daughter. It couldn’t just be any ordinary frame…it had to be special. When she could find nothing that came close to what she wanted, she decided to make her own. Word spread quickly about Bradakis’s talent, and soon, Taylor Made Designs was born.
While Bradakis is the designer of their original collections, Sumrall’s puts her personality into the store with the mix of products they sell and as the face of the company. In order to elevate the store to match the booming Opelika environment, Sumrall came back full time in 2013, allowing Taylor Made Designs to stay open later. That same year, the Only in Opelika Collection of original designs was released. “We strive to create a store where you can find things you wouldn’t see or get anywhere else,” states Sumrall. “We do all of our own hand-stamping and wire-wrapping in store.” Sumrall’s hard work has certainly paid off. Taylor Made Designs was the 2017 Opelika Main Street Business of the Year winner.
Sumrall isn’t just an entrepreneur; she is also very active within the Opelika community. She’s currently serving on the Opelika Main Street Board and is a member of this year’s 20 Under 40 program with the Opelika Chamber. “I am excited about interacting with people in my community. I look forward to learning more about our city and the community from a different perspective than inside my store. It will be exciting to be a part of keeping Opelika growing through both programs,” Sumrall explains.
You may also find Sumrall in the kitchen focusing on another love of hers—baking. “I love baking. I also love eating the spoils of my baking efforts,” she jokes. “My dark chocolate brownies are probably one of my family’s favorite desserts.”
Check out Taylor Made Designs, located at 120 S 8th Street, and let Taylor Sumrall help you find the perfect gift or accessory! You can also find them on Facebook (Taylor Made Designs) and Instagram (@tmdopelika).