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Mrs. "Dimp" Phillips
Mrs. “Dimp” Phillips

Meet Mrs. Ermine “Dimp” Phillips.
Mrs. Phillips ran the variety store in my hometown of Alpharetta, GA for over 50 years. She took over the store after her husband, Red, died and ran it right up until her last days. As kids, we used to ride our bikes through the woods to Phillips Variety to check out the plethora of toys and candies she had displayed for us on the shelves. A lot of people who grew up in Alpharetta have similar memories of Mrs. Phillips and her tiny shop. A few years ago, I made it a point to do a series of portraits of her with her doll collection for my Vanishing America Project — and I’m glad I did. It gave me an opportunity to get to know “Dimp” as an adult and I realized that she was much more than just a shopkeeper. She was a wonderful, sweet, caring person who loved us kids more than we knew. Both she and her store are missed, but the memories she gave us will last forever.


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