Mount Pleasant Mall has all women-owned businesses

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – All of the businesses at 426 Coleman Boulevard Mall in Mount Pleasant have one thing in common: they are all owned by women.

Diane Anglin was the first woman to own a business in the mall and other female owners have joined her over the years.

“Being here for so long in one place is important to your customers because even if they move, they come back,” Anglin said. “It’s pretty amazing. We are very lucky to be here.

In recent months, Monique Semper has moved into the far-left unit with her businesses. She moved Charleston Tuxedo and Yoj Events from Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Since then, all businesses have been owned by women.

“My parents were business owners and I come from a long line of ‘do it yourself’ people, and the sky’s the limit and there’s no room for failure,” Semper said. .

She was looking for space to house a friend of hers who needed a place to run her florist business. Kimberly Findlay uses the back of Semper’s store to make arrangements for graduations and weddings.

“It’s very empowering that everyone in the building is a female business owner. I’ve seen this industry grow more and more with women in the driving seat, running their own businesses and making the money we should be making,” said Finlay, owner of Coastal Creations.

Other businesses in the mall include two nutrition stores, an insurance agent, and a doctor. Alex Presswood is co-owner of Lillie Fuel, where she and her mother-in-law make baby food for families.

“We’re basically moms trying to help other moms and empower women in general,” Presswood said. “When COVID-19 hit I lost my job and was able to do it full time.”

According to the United States Small Business Administration, women made up 48.8% of workers and owned 43.9% of businesses in South Carolina in 2021. South Carolina is also the fourth-ranked state for growth in worker-owned businesses. women.

For all women in the building, this means empowering each other.

“Saying, ‘You know we’re all women-owned businesses,’ that’s a big deal,” Anglin said.

“Honestly, we just made it work. We’re small but mighty, that’s what we like to say,” Semper said.

For young business owners like Presswood and her mother-in-law, they’re bouncing ideas from women who are also mothers in the building.

“We all have different tricks, crafts and ideas of what kids will and won’t eat, so we can always show other moms,” Presswood said.

No matter the business, the women are always there to help their neighbours.

“I think we all support each other in the sense that we have a lot in common and we can work well together,” Findlay said.

Edwin S. Wolfe