Often times after competitions, people would ask Mary and Ray where they got their clothes. They would reply that Mary had, in fact, made all their clothes by hand. Other dancers were so taken by their dance gear that they would commission Mary to make clothes for them. The inquiries were coming in with such frequency and volume, that both Mary and Ray decided that it might be time to go into business – hence, the birth of Gorgeous Rock n’ Swing Gear in 1999. The popularity of their clothing and shoe company took off so quickly that they had to retire from the dance world after over 50 first places in competitions, devoting all their time and energy to their company.