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Beresford's Business Boom

July 11, 2014, 10:10 PM by Angela Kennecke

Beresford's Business Boom

If you're planning on doing some shopping this weekend, you're probably not thinking about heading to Beresford, South Dakota.

But the town of 2,000 is having a female-driven business boom.

Many small towns have seen their businesses close up shop, but Beresford is reversing that trend.  In the past couple of years, no fewer than a dozen women-owned businesses have opened up in town.

"We're really working on bringing our downtown back. This is where it all started in Beresford before everybody moved out to the interstate so we're trying to build the downtown again," Taylor said.

Tesa Lynn Taylor worked 35 years in the corporate world, before opening up vintage shops in two small towns. 

"My grandma took me to Goodwill when I was 5-years-old; so the junking gene has always been in my blood.  And I've always had a passion for this," Taylor said.

Now she has 50 vendors and a waiting list for her Beresford store, The Vintage Market is just one of the unique businesses.

"This has been my most popular product, it's bug repellant," Nelson said.

Down the street, you'll find the Irish Twins Soap Company.  Erin Nelson started making her all natural soaps in her kitchen five years ago.

'I think I'm proud of all of it; just being able to make all of it by hand," Nelson said.

And these business owners work together.

"It's nice to be able to work with the other businesses in town and share in advertising and that kind of thing and word of mouth and send them to the next shop and the next shop," Nelson said.

And the word is getting out about Beresford's eclectic collection of shops and they're beginning to attract people from all over the region.

"I have people from Omaha; I have people from the middle of Iowa.  I have people who travel for hours to get to us," Taylor said.

"I think it's just amazing. I think it draws people from all over to Beresford because there are so many different places to shop and unique things to find and I think the more stores the better," Stewart said.

Jamie Stewart is one of the newest business owners--she just purchased reFined A Consignment Studio last fall.  The store is an upscale women's consignment shop.  And whether it's clothing, soap, antiques or baked goods, Beresford's business climate is benefiting from a woman's touch.

Many of the shops in Beresford are only open Fridays and Saturdays, but some are open more days of the week.

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