moving day for dover grace
Behind a vibrant red door on Main Street in Watkinsville lives a lady and her tools.
From the outside it appears very much like any other store in this small Southern town, but once you open the red door, walk inside, hear the music (Michael Buble today), feel the warmth, you realize this store is so much more than dresses, pins and glamour.
The smiling lady greets you with a hearty welcome that, oddly, makes you forget why you are there in the first place. The event, the occasion, the reason for the dress goes completely out the window. Now, it becomes all about you, who you are and feeling like you're the best version of yourself. Right this moment. A safe zone, the lady likes to call it. "Where a girl can be a girl." No filters, no excuses, no negative thoughts. And she won't put up with it either. It's all positive here behind the red door with the lady, who with the help of her tailor's tools and a girl's inspiration, creates a masterpiece of clothing perfect for its master.
She is quick to give her workers - many of whom are young ladies who have stolen her heart - credit for her three-year-old store's success. They motivate and move her as much as do those who walk through the door as clients. It's a joyful place, never void of laughter and encouragement, and where the girls come first.
Frances V. Gibson opened Dover Grace Alternative Boutique when she was 49. "I will do what I set out to do," she says, never giving in to the belief that you're too old to start something new. However, when she created this space, its power in her life - and the community's life - took a soul of its own. In addition to finding that perfect dress, girls find an empowerment from deep within that the dress just can't provide.
Congratulations to Frances and to all her family at Dover Grace on moving into their new and improved space. Be beautiful and thrive.