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      Columbia girl's invention hits local shelves

      Seven-year-old Gabrielle Goodwin, poses wearing GaBBY Bows to secure her ponytails.

      COLUMBIA (WACH)- A seven-year old girl and her mother have a hair-raising invention that will soon be in local stores.

      Gabrielle Goodwin and her mother Rozalynn invented The Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY. It's the first of its kind and was invented right here in South Carolina.

      Gabrielle and Rozalynn says its the solution for securing the ends of girls?? pigtails, braids and twists.

      Twenty-nine Walgreens stores in South Carolina and Georgia will carry it after July 25. Two events have been planned to celebrate.

      Families are invited to bring their girls to a Play Date with GaBBY on Friday, August 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Columbia Northwest Family YMCA Splash Pad located at 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC 29063. Admission is free and families are encouraged to bring items from the wish list of Palmetto Place Children??s Shelter.

      Rozalynn asked Gabrielle to come up with ways to give back to the community, Gabrielle decided she wanted to ??play with all the girls others won??t play with,?? any girls who have been bullied.

      There will be bullying prevention activities, barrette giveaways and more at the Play Date event.

      If you would like to learn more about the new Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette, Walgreens on Lake Murray Boulevard will host a special meet and greet with GaBBY on July 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.