Posts tagged national small business week 2019
Helping through Hemp

Tracy Fischer has lost several family members to cancer over the years. She had read about CBD and hemp for coping. Two months after her uncle passed away, Tracy’s family purchased a home surrounded by farm land. The neighbor who owned the farm let them know they were going to be growing hemp on that land. Thirty days after passage of the Farm Bill, she opened Hometown Hemp in January 2019.

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Fashion and Food: Gabbi’s Pet Boutique Offers Handmade Fashions and Allergy-Friendly Food for Your Fur Baby

Thirteen years ago, Angie Lilly began sewing outfits and accessories for her sweet dog, Gabbi, a “morkie” (Maltese/Yorkie). Her creations soon gained popularity with friends and people in the community. Angie discovered her other dog had food allergies and began exploring new options for coping and nutrition. A year later she decided to open Gabbi’s Pet Boutique, offering upscale pet supplies, with a focus on holistic and nutritious products and her own pet fashion line.

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The Sweet Shoppe Brings Smiles to the Square and Beyond

After 18 years working in a local factory, Pat Durham was looking for a lifestyle change better suited to spending time with his young family. In 2002, he and his wife began a wholesale fudge business. The Durhams were attending a New Year’s Eve party when they learned the local garden store on the square was going to close. A few days into 2003, Pat had contacted the landlord of that building and agreed to open a brick-and-mortar fudge shop in downtown Hodgenville.

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Best Friends Shake Up Bourbon Country with Downtown Mercantile

Just before their 40th birthdays, childhood best friends Dawn Bogie and Tamara Smith had the idea to take their love of entertaining and gifts and turn it into a business. The two had noticed a decline in downtown Lawrenceburg and wanted to provide a service for their community. In 2015, Dawn and Tamara opened Sweet Mash Southern Goods.

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Former Assistant Principal Finds Second Career in Retail

After working as an assistant principal for 17 years, Sandra Parrigan, made the leap into retail to pursue another dream – one she had since she was in high school. A year and a half ago, Parrigan was presented the opportunity to purchase a business. The Loft of London started out as a clothing and prom boutique but Sandra’s passion is bridal. She expanded the business into bridal and has already found great success, offering local brides a shorter drive than her competitors in more metropolitan areas of the state.

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3 Generations Come Together to Bring Sewing to Ft. Thomas

In August 2018, mother, daughter and grandmother trio April Pryor, Kelsey Pryor and Julie Seely opened Just Sew. A darling sewing shop in downtown Fort Thomas, this small business has brought the art of quilting and sewing to a new generation and put their town “on the map” as a quilting destination.

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