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.