Women's History Month

Carol Broadwater, Amish Originals

Carol Broadwater, Amish Originals

“What I love about owning a business in downtown Farmville is the atmosphere. We opened Amish Originals 16 years ago. Growing up in Virginia Beach, I was not familiar will small downtowns. The dependence and support of one another as business owners here is so vital to the success of not only each individual business but all of the downtown. There is no better feeling then walking outside on a Saturday, and seeing the street lined with cars and folks strolling up and down the sidewalks!”

 

Cynthia opened her counseling practice to the historic One Mill St. building, nestled by the Appomattox River, in 1993.

“Our practice location is very convenient for those who live and work downtown or at the colleges, and seems to be a hub for folks to come to us from the surrounding counties as well,” says Cynthia. “In 2014, my partnership with Pat Thorne, LCSW, became Devlin & Thorne Counseling Center. We love working with our community and have a passion for cultivating emotional wellness. It’s also great for us personally, and our clients, to be able to listen to the river outside our windows, or take a relaxing break on the walking/bicycling trail also alongside our building.”

 

Ann Sanderson, Ashby Antiques

Ann Sanderson, Ashby Antiques

“To have the opportunity to be downtown with the antique business is so appropriate and just perfect for me. I’m so pleased with the improvement of the front of the buildings which look much as they did years ago.  Having the opportunity to have a business in downtown Farmville is really special to an old woman that has old things to sell.  One wish would be to have hanging flower baskets on the light posts during the spring and summer.”

 

Caryn Kayton, Caryn's Bridals

Caryn Kayton, Caryn’s Bridals

“What do I love about owning a business in Farmville Downtown? The destination appeal of our Main Street. Caryn’s clients come from all over the state and they love Downtown Farmville!”

 

Crystal Vandegrift, Crystal Image Photography

Crystal Vandegrift, Crystal Image Photography

Crystal recently moved to a new studio location on North Street, still within the Main Street District.

“Not only does it provide great visibility for us I was able to stay located downtown, which provides us a wonderful setting to capture the many types of photographs we offer. Downtown provides a photographic setting from urban look to a country look… something we could not get located other places in the town.”

 

“The opportunity to grow a business here has been amazing. I am so grateful for the community that has welcomed me and helped me grow. Every day I count my blessings for my location, my business, my business neighbors, the spirit of Farmville.”

 

Audrey Sullivan, Red Door 104 Gallery & Studio Sullivan

Audrey Sullivan, Red Door 104 Gallery & Studio Sullivan

Audrey Sullivan is preparing to open her store, Red Door 104 Gallery & Studio, right next to Crute Stage this spring.

“I’m looking forward to owning a business in downtown Farmville because I’ve come to love the charm of small town living and knowing the folks that are my neighbors. Red Door 104 will be a creative space for people to meet, learn and make art in a fun environment. I cannot imagine a better place to own a business or better people to share it with!”

 

Arlene Mosher, Walker's Diner

Arlene Mosher, Walker’s Diner

“Downtown Farmville is so much fun, we meet so many people from all different backgrounds. Truly our customers enter as strangers and leave as friends! We love being part of the heartbeat of Farmville Downtown! Celebrating the diners 63 years of continual service.”

 

Sandy Henderson, Rug Rats

Sandy Henderson, Rug Rats

“My most favorite part about owning a business in Downtown Farmville is meeting people from all over Virginia and farther that come to shop in Farmville. Also, it has been fun watching Farmville grow since I opened Rug Rats in 1987.”

 

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Pam Butler, Mainly Clay

“Today has been a very good example of why I like being Downtown. This morning, we had a class making mugs, then a couple came in asking for directions. Their last name was “Clay” so they bought an apron with Mainly Clay embroidered on it. In the afternoon, I met someone that grew up in the same small town as my Dad in Kentucky. How about that! I love meeting new people, hearing their stories and just visiting with them. It is wonderful being part of this growing, vibrant community.”