The West Island’s first one-stop bridal boutique, Punta Chiara has been in business for over 12 years. Originally located in Kirkland on St-Charles, on November 2014, the boutique moved to a beautiful grey-brick Victorian home built in 1899 located on Lakeshore Boulevard in Dorval.
As a family business, our staff welcomes you into their elegant 19th century home and provides you with a thoughtful and personal service. Hand-picked by the owner Toni and the staff, Punta Chiara offers a selection of bridal styles that range from contemporary and rustic, to traditional and vintage-style.
THE HISTORY OF 677 CHEMIN BORD DU LAC
In the summer of 1898, a summer visitor by the name of Walters bought a piece of land that stretched from Dorval Avenue to the Monette-Decary farm. He wanted to build a country home beside the lake. First he had to remove a house already standing there, so he put it up for sale.
Eusèbe Boyer, from St Laurent, bought it, and moved it eastward to 675 Lakeshore Drive, where it still stands. His wife, Josephine, Dufresne, joined him with their 12 children, six boys and six girls, among whom was Donalda, born in 1894.
Donalda went to school in the village and later to the old Savaria Academy in Lachine. One of her sisters was a nun with Les Filles de la Sagesse. Donalda worked as a nurse in Port Jefferson, New York and it was her sister’s example that inspired Donalda to become a nurse as well. Donalda entered the English Hospital in Hailybury, Ontario, as a student nurse. Donalda graduated in 1921.
A few years later, Donalda enrolled in the school of Social Hygiene at the University of Montreal, becoming an official Social Hygienist in 1929. Donalda studied dietetics at the Culinary Arts School of Montreal, and became a dietician in 1934.
Donalda quickly found work at the Metropolitan Insurance Company. Donalda travelled on the CPR trains to care for women, and children going to join men already settled on the Curé Labelle’s land in the Laurentians. Donalda returned to see her patients whenever she could, and made many, such journeys.
Donalda, than decided to settle in Dorval and was soon employed by the Town Council as Health Visitor to the school-age children of the Dorval School Commission.
ACHIEVEMENTS & RECOGNITION
At Punta Chiara we are very proud of our accomplishments. In our 10 years of operation we have been recognized in several ways and have achieved many of our wildest dreams. Beyond dressing many well-known Montrealers and international celebrities, our boutique has been recognized by Montreal’s West Island Chamber of Commerce in 2007, receiving the award for best “Retail Service”. The boutique was featured on a season of Canal V’s “La Boss des Noces” in 2011 and in the Spring/Summer issues of Wedding Bells and Hawaiian Bride in 2012