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Long-time Downtown McLean Store Closing, Owner Retiring

Mae's Dress Boutique Owner Retiring

Mae's Dress Boutique, an institution in downtown McLean for more than 30 years, is closing. Owner Mae Shipe is retiring.

Mae's was the place to shop for after-five gowns, and dresses for occasions ranging from Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and second weddings to military galas.

"We have the gown for you," she wrote  in a letter sent this week to preferred customers.

The letter began, "Mae's Dress Boutique is closing its doors forever" and went on to announce a "retirement - store closing sale."

Friday afternoon found a steady stream of customers looking through racks of dresses, gowns, tops and shoes for bargains.

The dress shop is located  6707 Old Dominion Drive, across a parking lot from the Shell Service Station.

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