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GRAND ISLAND – The old US Bank building in downtown Grand Island is undergoing a major renovation for its new business.

Owner Amy Mayhew launched Olive & Grace Bridal in February.






Amy Mayhew shows off some of the many wedding dresses on offer at Olive & Grace Bridal, currently in the space downstairs from the old US Bank building in downtown Grand Island. The remodeling of the ground floor space is expected to be completed by the end of November.


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Currently operating from the site’s lower space, Mayhew is preparing to open the ground floor in late November.

The full-service bridal salon offers dresses and tuxedos, as well as ball gowns and accessories.

The property had been listed at $450,000 and Mayhew plans to invest around $200,000 in renovating the 8,000 square foot ground floor of the former bank site.

Mayhew described the moment she knew she was going to acquire the property and start her own business as “a bit scary”.

“I am not young. I don’t start straight out of school. I learned quite a bit along the way,” she said. “I guess 2020 also taught us that life can be short, things can change quickly, so if we want to do things, we have to do them.”

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The business is named after Mayhew’s grandmothers, who remain an inspiration to her.

“Grace who I never met. She was my dad’s mom. Olive is my mom’s mom,” she said. “I thought, what a fun name, I’ll go with that .”

Mayhew attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she earned her degree in Fashion and Merchandising.

While in college, she worked at Kearney’s Chantilly Bridal.

“When I started working in marriage, I fell in love with the business, so I added a second major and have a business degree with a major in marketing,” she said. .

It has always been Mayhew’s dream to open her own bridal shop.

“I also saw how hard the store owner worked, and I wanted to stay home and raise my kids,” she explained. “After I graduated, I worked at a formal wear store in Lincoln and managed it and we started a family here on Grand Island and I stayed home with the kids.”

Once her daughter graduated in 2020, Mayhew felt bored, she said, and decided it was time to “dust off the dream.”

She searched and searched for real estate and made offers and in December acquired the former US Bank building.

“The whole building is mine,” she clapped.

Olive & Grace opened in February for prom season and Mayhew had a great first year.

“I like working with this age. It was fun,” she said. “I’m looking forward to a bigger prom season next year because we’ll be releasing the prom dresses earlier. I’ll get a six-month season instead of two months.

“Peaceful, elegant and classic” is how Mayhew expressed his vision for the ground floor space once the renovation is complete.

“We hope to have between 300 and 500 wedding dresses,” she said. “Mothers and bridesmaids will have their own separate area. Tuxedos will also be in a separate area, so it’s subdivided in a way. I’ll have four dressing rooms for brides, three for bridesmaids of honor and mothers and three for tuxedos.

The remodel is going well, Mayhew said.







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The former US Bank building in downtown Grand Island was purchased by Olive & Grace Bridal owner Amy Mayhew and is being renovated while the bride’s studio operates downstairs. Among the planned changes, the metal embellishment of the facade of the 1963 building will be removed.


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Painting will begin soon and the bathrooms will be made compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Custom wardrobes are being built for the many dresses in the store.

The grated metal embellishment on the facade of the 1963 building will be removed, Mayhew said.

“The birds really like it. They build nests and poop in there,” she said. “I want it to look a little more open and inviting, so we’re going to get rid of it.”

It was fun to watch the vacant space take shape, Mayhew said.

“We’ve put up walls, taken down walls,” she said. “We also have a safe, and there were a lot of safes and we had them removed. We keep the big safe door, but I wanted to use the safe for something else.

Hours of operation vary. For information, visit oliveandgracebridal.com.

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