By William J Jacko
Special to The Laker / Lutz News
When you visit your doctor or hospital, have you noticed that nurses and other medical staff are making fashion statements with their uniforms or scrubs?
“The scrub industry has come a long way, I can recall years ago when most scrubs were a light blue color, were big and baggy with drawstring pants, and had one-pocket shirts that slipped on over your head,” said Judy Cornett, owner of Scrubs n’ Such in Lutz. “Thankfully, scrubs now come in all different shapes and sizes, with cargo pants that fit very comfortably and colorful print tops that you would never think were medical scrubs.”
With the introduction of more attractive styles, along with new fabrics that make scrubs cooler, many professionals and technicians are wearing them, including safety personnel, veterinarians, massage therapists, hair stylists, cosmetologists, housekeepers, kitchen workers, chiropractors, pet sitters and even dog walkers.
“Scrubs have become very trendy,” said Cornett. “We have scrubs for most sizes. Scrubs for women who want to show off their figure, and styles for those who want to cover it up. In addition to our large variety of styles, we carry scrubs in sizes from extra extra small to 5X.
“Scrubs have evolved from one-size-fits-all, smock-like protection, to everyday out-and-about street clothing. People use them as pajamas, gym clothing, or even just fun and comfortable casualwear,” said Cornett.
The décor of Cornett’s new store embraces the advances in scrubs. Scrubs n’ Such has well-arranged wall displays, racks of attractive floral clothing and trendily attired mannequins. Jazzy music plays in the background, and fitting rooms resemble guest bedrooms with welcome rugs, ornate hooks and elegant drapery.
“We want our store to be comfortable and boutiquey, but not expensive,” said Cornett. “Our décor is warm and inviting, and customers walk in and feel right at home. Our goal is to put smiles on the faces of customers, and to satisfy their needs and desires.”
In addition to scrubs, the store also carries chef apparel, maternity wear, nonslip shoes, compression socks, stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, goggles, watches, pulse oximeters, Foozy Socks, lab coats, warm-up jackets, medical sleeves and medical accessories. It even offers in-house embroidery.
“If you purchase a scrub set, jacket, or just one shirt, we’ll be more than happy to do same-day embroidery,” Cornett said. “Plus, we also embroider items not purchased in our store, something very few stores offer.
“In fact, we have several physician’s offices that use our embroidery service, and give discounts for group orders. And, if our store doesn’t have the size or color someone wants, we gladly special order.”
Cornett believes it is important to support local businesses, and works hard to make Scrubs n’ Such a one-stop shop for uniforms and accessories that is conveniently located to keep people in Lutz, Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel from having to travel outside the area for the latest trends.
23016 SR 54, Lutz * Willow Bend Plaza • 813-428-5551