Ridgeway, SC (WLTX)- The Town of Ridgeway has flourished in recent years, bringing in new businesses, with all but three being owned by female entrepreneurs.
With everything from a clothing boutique, to a specialty food shop, 11 of the 14 businesses in this quaint town are the result of women following their dreams.
The mayor of Ridgeway, Charlene Herring, said it all started with one of the towns main attractions, which opened their doors a decade ago.
"What happened is someone had come up to the tea room and liked that and said, 'Well I think I'd like to open a business here,'" Herring said.
Carol Allen owns Laura's Tea Room, which brings people into Ridgeway from around the region.
Some of those patrons are now her predecessors, opening up their own businesses after seeing her success.
"These ladies put their all in their shops too, and they took a gamble that I was going to stay here or that I was going to be a success," Allen said. "In a way, it's sort of a weight ."
Including Laura's Tea Room these are the list of other women-owned businesses in Ridgeway that you can visit: Over the Top Boutique, Exclusive Styles, Emma and Lillie's Cottage Goods, Olde Town Hall Restaurant, The 625 Exchange, Palmer Street Market, The Cotton Yard Market, Antiques and Oddities, Rosa's Hair Salon and The Station Cafe.