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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:24 pm | Updated: 2:12 pm, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

It opened as a gift shop. It expanded to a noonday restaurant. But once you meet the owner of this special place, you will know that A Cup of Grace, 2087 S. Brannon Stand Road, serves up more than gifts and food. In Amy Giersberg you will meet a woman who has found not one but two niches for her life. She’s equally at home in both, because they let her do the one thing she really enjoys – meeting and helping people.

To understand the meaning behind the name, A Cup of Grace, you have to know a little about the personal story of the establishment’s owner.

Mrs. Giersberg grew up in Slocomb. While in high school, she started working in a retail store called Surprises Inside. It was there that she met Chris Giersberg, her future husband who grew up in a military family. After their marriage, they moved to Houston, Texas. But that wasn’t to be their home.

They returned to Dothan, where her husband started his own company, and she returned to Surprises Inside.

“I loved working in retail,” Giersberg said. “But, I also wanted to be a nurse. I stayed at Surprises Inside up until I was pregnant with my first child (Callie). Even though I wanted to be a nurse, God just kept putting it in my heart to be in retail.”

Part of that, she says, is because of some of her interests.

“I love crafting, painting, decorating and planning parties,” she said.

But another part of her wanted something beyond retail.

“I felt called to be a nurse,” she continued. “Specifically, I felt called to be a hospice nurse.

“I was a nurse for nine years. I also worked part time, off and on, at Surprises Inside.”

That work in retail would soon take her career down a whole new path.

In 2006, Pete and Carol Hara, owners of Surprises Inside, decided to retire.

“They offered to let me buy the shop,” Giersberg said. “I did. As my girls (Callie, Caroline and Camaryn) got older, I knew I needed to be in retail, but Surprises Inside wasn’t where I felt I needed to be.

“However, God took us on a journey of trials.”

In 2011, Giersberg says she felt God’s leading to do something different with her life.

“Last year, I was passing this house,” she said, “and God kept saying it would be mine. It was at this time that my 20-year-old daughter (Callie) told me she wanted to open a coffee house. I asked her where she wanted to do it. She told me about a shop on the corner of Fortner and South Brannon Stand Road. I told her that was my shop.

“We ventured into the business together. We knew it needed a name. The word grace kept coming back to me. God’s grace was so evident in my life.

“In November 2011, we opened it as a retail shop. However, some little ladies kept coming and telling me things I needed to do with the shop. In February of this year we talked of expanding the business to have a place where ladies could come and fellowship (over lunch).”

That change, however, would require the Giersbergs to add on to the existing structure, which they lease.

“In June, we opened the dining room,” she continued. “It’s been full speed ahead. And I can truthfully say God has planted me where I need to be.”

But what has she done about that other calling?

“I’m still a nurse,” she said. “In addition to the shop, I work with Infusion Services, too. I can’t give up my patients.”

Twice blessed just might describe Amy Giersberg’s life.

“God has blessed me beyond measure,” she said. “A Cup of Grace has given me my niche to do what I love.”

A Cup of Grace, 2087 S. Brannon Stand Road, offers coffee, sweet treats and gifts. Lunch is also served. Space is available for fellowships, parties, showers, meetings and more.

For more information, call 334-479-8597 or send an email to amy.acupofgrace@gmail.com.

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