Local businesswoman Maria Proctor found herself in Statesboro in a rather roundabout way, but anyone who's shopped in her store, Madame Couture's Formals, right in the heart of downtown, knows they've been assisted by a salesclerk angel. In fact, when asked by customers, "Are you the owner?" Proctor says she responds with a smile: "I'm the vessel that God's using. This is God's business." Proctor gets to the store early on a lot of days to pray over her consignment inventory. "I want these dresses to be blessed, and I want the girls that will wear them to be blessed," she said. "I want to know that this dress is preordained for them. My shop is covered in prayer."