Ladies Dominate Downtown Businesses

By Lindsey Adkison
The Brunswick News, Ga.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The business scene in downtown Brunswick, Georgia is dominated by women. According to the Downtown Development Authority, there are more than 20 female-owned businesses in the immediate area. Not included in that figure are several shops whose owners are couples, with the woman owning half the business.

The Brunswick News, Ga.

Ever since she had a vision to open a restaurant, Kate Buchanan has wanted to be in downtown Brunswick. The first venture began in 2001 when her mother decided to open a restaurant called Cargo, formerly located in the Elliot Building, now owned by Straton Hall. Buchanan joined her, even though the current owner of Indigo Coastal Shanty had other plans.

“I was actually looking at the building I’m in now — the old Blue Bird Cafe building — and my mom was with me and the contractor looking at the building. Then she walked across the street and just fell in love with the old Cargo building,” she said.

“So she said ‘why don’t you join me on my project?'”

Buchanan agreed. Later, she took over that restaurant until 2009 when she sold it, opting instead to open the Shanty, which offers a more causal dining experience. But while her venues may have changed over the last 16 years, her love of downtown has not.

“Downtown is a special place and I think there is a lot of outreach among the business owners. Everyone is pretty good about helping each other out,” she said.

These days, most of those doing the helping are ladies. The business scene downtown is dominated by women. According to the Downtown Development Authority, there are more than 20 female-owned businesses in the immediate area.

Not included in that figure are several shops whose owners are couples, with the woman owning half the business.

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