Non-Profit Dress Shop Gets Helping Hand From Local Businessman

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All About The Dress owner Janie Wood has helped hundreds of high school students and military brides since she opened this place in 2008.

“They get free dresses, everything else they need--free,” Wood said.

You might remember Newsfix told you about this North Richland Hills Non-Profit back in December. Turns out this popular dress store had a rent-free deal with the previous owners of this shopping center because they generated so much foot traffic for the surrounding stores. But the new owners told Janie Wood she had to move or start paying rent.

“You can pay $1,400 dollars a month," Wood said. "We don`t have that kind of money coming in. We only work off of the donations in a jar.”

And finding a rent-free spot to hang hundreds of dresses isn't easy, so Newsfix put out the word.

“So then we were on Channel 33, we had a guy call from Dallas Tony Swartz that has a company, he`s a real estate guy, and he was willing to pay the $1,400 a month for the whole year.”

Swartz stepped up to help this bridal boutique, but there's a new problem, the landlord now wants to raise the rent by 400 bucks a month.

“I have to check the doors every time I come to make sure my key will work,” said Wood

We reached out to the landlord, who declined to comment. Swartz says he’s trying to negotiate with the new owner so All About the Dress can do what they do best.

“It feels wonderful because we don`t have many people like that. We need people like that,” Wood said.

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