1. Simply Grace, winner of US Small Business Administration honor, proves that yes, people will shop in downtown Springfield (photos, video)

    Simply Grace, winner of US Small Business Administration honor, proves that yes, people will shop in downtown Springfield (photos, video)

    Simply Grace, a collection of shops in downtown Springfield begun three years ago as a holiday pop-up, was lauded Wednesday by the U.S. Small Business administration as it prepares to expand with a hair and nails salon. "I remember when we were praying for $100 in sales for a week," said co-owner Mikki Lessard, recalling a touch-and-go transition into a year-round enterprise. "I remember when we fought the winter doldrums because you all in Springfield stay in your offices when it's cold out."

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    1. I remember when we were praying for $100 in sales for a week.
    2. Our concept for the space is: walk, pause, browse, experience and shop.
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