Women’s History: Women business owner in Washington

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Down the streets of Washington’s Harbor District, you can find one of a kind boutiques, restaurants and galleries just about everywhere you look.

And around 75% of the businesses here are owned by women.

Just about a year ago, women like Barbara Hardy at the Secret Garden Gallery Boutique had an idea.

That’s when they started Washington’s Women’s Business Cooperative.

“It’s just nice to come together to feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself,” said Collen Knight, President of River Walk Gallery.

Knight is one of the founding members. She’s also the president of the River Walk Gallery.

She said much the Harbor’s District’s success and growth is credited to the women who work there, including the co-op’s 30 plus members.

And a few storefronts down is where WNCT’s Kara Gann met Jayne Meisell who co-owns Little Shoppes.

“It brings people to Washington, it shows off everyone’s business not just women-owned businesses, we get together and look at what’s the best for us,” said Meisell.

“Over the 20 years that I have been coming, I have seen things change and the next two years is what I am excited about,” said Meisell.

“Owning a business, running businesses and making things happen,” said Knight.

And these women are certainly making things happen as Washington continues to grow thanks to there creativity and talents.

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