Small Businesses Flourish Despite Slow Economy

It took six months, but resulted in more space for a store that offers almost everything.

Owner Etta Saxton said, "We've extended the shop about three thousand square feet for our gift line." Not only gifts, but gourmet food and flowers. The mother/daughter team has worked together now for more than 20 years. Six months later, they cut the ribbon to their new addition.

At a time when the economy is most uncertain, these women opened a new addition to their business. And starting a new trend, these women make up forty percent of other women who chose to own a business.

Melinda Read said, "I think it's wonderful that women can work for themselves. Because we have a lot to offer in the south."

And her mother agreed, "You have to be dedicated to the business. You have to be willing to put in more than one hundred percent." And these women say they won't let the economy scare them because they have a different type of shop.