Before Happy Volle started a two-decade career as an educator, she wanted to be a store owner.
“I had been an elementary school teacher for 20 years,” Volle said. “This is something that I was interested in before I went to school to be a teacher, but never really pursued. After 20 years of teaching I thought, ‘Well, you only live once.’”
Volle is owner of Garment and Grace, which opened June 22 at 950 Washington St. Suite F in Gainesville. The store is a women’s clothing and accessories boutique, which Volle hopes has a little something for every woman.
As shoppers enter the bright white store with wood-grain floors and a modern chandelier hanging from the ceiling, the first clothing rack on the right has a tag labeled “curvy sizes.”
“What we envision for ourselves is to be a place that would embrace a variety of fashion trends for women of all ages and sizes,” Volle said. “We want any woman to come in and find something that makes them feel beautiful and is affordable. That they walk out feeling good about what they bought and that they didn’t overspend.”
The store currently has women’s summer clothing and fall clothing, a collection of red and black clothes for University of Georgia or even Gainesville High School football games, and accessories including purses, hats, jewelry and more.
Volle said the store name Garment and Grace comes from two of her favorite Bible verses, Isaiah 61:3 and 2 Corinthians 12:9.
The first verse refers to “a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair,” while the second first states, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
“I wanted our name to kind of sum up everything our business would stand for,” Volle said. “I know the name is so important for every business, so I wanted it to mean something and be something people would remember.”
Store hours are weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is closed Sundays. To contact the store, call 678-971-1981, or go to the Garment and Grace Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Garment-Grace-Boutique-1006351119420146/about/?entry_point=page_nav_about_item&tab=overview.
Volle said business thus far “has been great,” and she’s excited about the future.
“We got the back-to-school crowd, and we were able to take advantage of the tax-free weekend,” she said. “We’ve got people now transitioning from summer into fall, so we anticipate business will be great through the holiday season.”