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Gov. Tomblin's inauguration causing formalwear sales to go up

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Ball gowns and tuxedos are hot items at clothing stores in Charleston this month.

The demand for formalwear is due to the Governor's Inaugural Ball. About 2,000 people have been invited to Monday night's ball at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.

Ivor's Trunk owner Ivor Sheff tells the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/WVIlnJ ) that business for the Christmas holiday was down, so he's glad for the boost the ball has given his store.

Tony the Tailor shop owner Anthony Paranzino says he's been working on 15 tuxedos for the ball. His shop also has gotten requests for tuxedo rentals.

Paranzino also has been counseling clients on appropriate attire for the ball, which is "black tie optional." He says that means the tie can be colored instead of black.

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Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.com

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