Mary Lou Jackson always wanted to own a dress shop. The idea had been swimming around in her head for years. Then one day, she heard about a small boutique for sale in Dickinson. Less than 1,000 square feet, the combination dress shop and beauty salon tucked away in a little pink house on St. Goar Street was exactly what she was looking for, she said.
She bought the inventory, took over the lease and headed off to a Dallas wholesaler, who gave her a line of credit. New clothes were shipped, Jackson displayed them, and the customers came.