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So far 12 business owners have made agreements to open shop downtown. And one of the newest stores set to open this month is Gabe's Bridal Store.

The owners are two senior citizens who've joined in the fight to save downtown.  Gayle Morill is co-owner of Gabe's Bridal and Alterations.

What does GABE stand for? "It stands for Gayle's Alteration's and Bridal Express or God's Anointed and Blessed evermore," said Morill. 

Her business will be a one stop shop for new brides. The store will offer wedding gowns, alterations and even diamonds. "We're two ladies starting this to teach the next generation," she said. 

Morill believes God wanted her to do this. "We stepped out walking in faith. God closed the door on my last job. And a friend gave me a check for the first month's rent," said Morill. 

But she didn't have to walk far to see the grim reality of opening a new business. The store right next door to her's closed. "Actually I see that as an asset. So when he leaves it'll give someone else a chance to step in," said Morill. 

She's not afraid to pick up a broom, or do some handy work. In fact she's a designer as well. " I have my own feelings of how things should be. There is no designer out, who really captures my inspiration," said Morill. 

But is it a good idea to invest in these tough times? "I don't care how low the economy gets brides still need dresses," she said. 

No matter what things look like she plans to walk in faith. "I felt in my spirit that the Lord was telling me to depend on him and not man," she said. 

No matter what kind of alteration you need Gail Morill has it covered. She has over 400 new gowns waiting to be sold on consignment.

The grand opening of Gabe's will be on March 28th. For more information on the store call (229) 434-0960.

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