A bank has taken over a downtown Norfolk spousal emporium whose owner, according to justice documents, is deeply in debt — withdrawal concerned brides-to-be scrambling for new dresses.
On Friday, store owners Maya Holihan gave adult tenure of her spousal store, House of Maya, to Old Point National Bank.
The change came after dual lawsuits were filed opposite Holihan for debts due to American Express Bank and her former landlord, Palace Station LLC, according to papers filed in Norfolk Circuit Court.
In both cases, judges ruled in preference of a companies — who sought remuneration of debts totaling some-more than $87,000 — after Holihan was served a lawsuits though unsuccessful to respond to a justice by set deadlines, justice papers state.
Holihan’s former 13,000-square-foot plcae during 258 Granby St. non-stop in a open of this year after she announced that she was consolidating 4 existent dress salons into a vital shop. Those salons enclosed Pure English Couture Bridal, Silk Social Occasion Studio, Maya Couture and Maya Couture on Main.
In a Feb news release, Holihan pronounced that a Granby Street emporium would offer as a headquarters, permitting for a some-more “streamlined and fit operation”; however, when a contributor visited a store on Monday morning, a pointer posted on a doorway read:
“House of Maya Bridal is now in a routine of a change in ownership. Your calm during this time is appreciated. While a store will be handling on singular hours and special appointments only, a priority is to strech out and promulgate with business who are watchful on orders, are now in a alterations process, or have sell to collect up, so their needs are met expeditiously.”
The pointer also supposing a phone series that business could call for instructions on how to collect adult their purchased merchandise.
A contributor called a number, that went to a voicemail that was totally full. Someone from a series called back, though when a contributor answered a phone they could usually hear credentials noise. A contributor attempted to call a series behind though perceived a voicemail summary again.
Deep in debt
The initial lawsuit opposite Holihan was filed by American Express Bank. In it, a bank sought to collect $30,977.26 due by Holihan for charges done to a Business Platinum Card taken out for Maya Couture on Nov. 21, 2014, justice papers state.
Although Holihan was served a lawsuit on Apr 20 and given dual extended deadlines to respond to a justice — one for May 22 and another for Jun 5 — she unsuccessful to do so, according to justice documents.
Holihan was primarily represented by a Norfolk organisation named Pierce McCoy PLLC. The organisation withdrew in an unopposed suit on May 23. Pierce McCoy profession Julia Rust, who once represented Holihan in Norfolk Circuit Court, did not respond to a ask for criticism before a time of publication.
The Virginia Business Entity database still lists a law organisation as a purebred representative for House of Maya Online LLC; however, it also shows a association as being “fee delinquent.”
Holihan’s second deadline to respond to a justice upheld on Jun 5. A month later, American Express Bank told her that if she did not respond to a lawsuit within an additional 10 days, a association would ask a decider to sequence in their preference by default, justice papers state.
Those 10 days passed, and on Jul 28 a Norfolk Circuit Court decider ruled that Holihan was obliged for profitable American Express Bank $31,135.26 in debt and justice fees.
A second lawsuit was filed opposite Holihan on Apr 25 — this time by her former landlord, Palace Station.
The association sued for scarcely $50,000 that Holihan due for a let of skill located during 350 W. 22nd St. in Norfolk, where she ran Privée Bride of Ghent, justice papers show.
According to justice documents, Holihan sealed a scarcely six-year franchise for a Palace Shops and Station space on Jul 25, 2015. The terms of a franchise enclosed a monthly rent, that Holihan stopped profitable consistently as it was due on Nov. 1, 2015.
The delinquent rent, late fees and seductiveness due to Palace Station combined adult to $49,614.25 by Apr 6, 2017.
Holihan was served a lawsuit on Apr 27. On Jun 2, a Norfolk decider again offering her an prolongation to respond to a lawsuit opposite her, though she did not respond. On Jun 30, a decider released a default statute in preference of Palace Station and systematic Holihan to compensate a association $54,879.25 in debts, justice costs and profession fees, justice papers show.
A third polite movement was filed opposite Holihan in Norfolk Circuit Court on Jul 27. The movement was filed on interest of Palace Station, that continued to find debt collection — this time directly from Branch Banking and Trust (BBT).
Although a Virginia Courts Case Information System shows that a box is still active, an Aug. 10 minute from BBT shows a bank was incompetent to routine Palace Station’s authorised ask since Holihan’s business no longer existed.
“We are incompetent to routine this request as perceived since a entity listed as garnishee is no longer in existence,” a minute states.
Old Point National Bank mouthpiece Erin Black pronounced that a bank is operative with Holihan to get dress orders out to a brides as quick as possible. Holihan did not respond to several requests for criticism Monday.
A vendor’s story
Adam Yaseen owns Lori London Bridal Millinery in Durham, N.C. and has worked with House of Maya in a past. His business provides brides with veils, conduct pieces and accessories.
Yaseen pronounced that Holihan owes him some-more than $1,800, that he attempted to collect from her on Aug. 25 — a day she sealed adult shop.
“She gave me a credit label and asked me to assign it,” he said. “It didn’t go through.”
He combined that in a final week he has turn wakeful of “a series of unethical decisions” done by Holihan that engage other spousal attention businesses. He pronounced that Holihan allegedly sole one company’s representation gowns off of a shelve instead of returning them to a vendor.
“I am one of her smaller debts,” Yaseen said.
Yaseen pronounced Holihan’s emporium is not a initial spousal store he’s seen tighten mysteriously when brides were awaiting their dresses. He remarkable a North Carolina store whose owners allegedly took income from brides, though unsuccessful to sequence their gowns before locking her doors though warning.
He warned disturbed brides to take their dress profits and hit robe manufacturers directly to explain a situation, adding that a marriage attention is a tiny universe that has a “no bride left behind” policy.
“What I’ve been told is that for brides who systematic their gowns, they will be delivered — that a bank is holding all in, and they will be distributing to a brides and collecting a money,” Yaseen said.
“They are not technically shutting it down,” he added. “I have been sensitive that a whole thing is now for sale … we am anticipating that this is indeed a case, given a fact that them offered a business is a usually approach we will redeem my funds.”
Unsatisfied business leave sardonic reviews
It is misleading how many companies and brides are impacted by Old Point National Bank’s seizure of House of Maya. It is equally misleading how many people — brides and vendors — were alerted to a seizure before it happened.
In an email performed by WYDaily, Holihan sensitive one businessman of a closure on Monday morning — 3 days after it happened.
“I write this note to we with a deeply damaged heart, to let we know that as of Friday House of Maya Bridal (Maya Couture LLC) is no longer in business,” she wrote. “I incited a business over to a bank on Friday. With my team-work and ‘behind a scenes’ assistance they will continue to work a business with singular hours … The bank and we have a common idea to get a business sole as fast as possible! It’s going to be a good discount for some investor!”
She finished a email, writing, “I apologize for a conditions this puts we in. Hopefully, we’ll be means to work together in a future, with a better financial foundation. Respectfully, Maya”
Although WYDaily was incompetent to directly hit brides who were impacted by Holihan’s departure, several Yelp reviews apparently left by indignant business embellished a design of flourishing frustration.
A chairman who reviewed Holihan’s business underneath a name “Hazel B.” wrote on Aug. 10, “Horrible business practices and communication. Put my dress on shipment with a HOM partner association progressing this year. Went to collect adult my dress during a finish of a shipment duration and a store was vacant. No letter. No phone call.”
Another person, who left an Aug. 29 examination underneath a name “Jane D.” pronounced that she paid for an “expensive” marriage robe in May, though as of a center of August, it still hadn’t been systematic by House of Maya.
Jane D. combined that she went to a store in chairman to direct a full reinstate before it closed. She was means to collect adult a check a few weeks later, though was incompetent to income it until Aug. 25 — a day a store closed.
Another person, who complained on Yelp on May 3 underneath a name “Courtney M.,” wrote that she was so vehement to be a “Maya bride” that she flew to a Norfolk emporium from South Carolina in 2016.
She pronounced that she paid for her dress in full in Jul of 2016 and was told it would be prepared before a holiday season. She requisitioned a moody to Norfolk to try on a dress, though it wasn’t ready.
The woman’s dress was finally prepared weeks before her Apr wedding. The business allegedly betrothed to repay her for a second moody to Norfolk, though as of May 2017 she hadn’t been paid or perceived a grave apology.
Are we a bride to be who is watchful on her dress from House of Maya? Contact a contributor during firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Poulter contributed to this story.
This essay was published in partnership with WYDaily’s sister publication, Southside Daily.
Editor’s note: House of Maya now owes a primogenitor association Local Voice income for advertising.