Roswell Mompreneurs


MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 8th. We wanted to jump on the annual bandwagon and celebrate our local moms; but we have decided to highlight a unique type of mom: the “mompreneur.” She is growing a family and growing a business. Here we highlight five Roswell moms doing the deal, starting with our Publisher! Happy Mother’s Day!!! REGINA BARKLEY•Local Life Publishing, LLC I started my publishing company Local Life Publishing because my children were in Middle School---old enough to dress themselves but not yet old enough to be left alone. It was summer. And I had quit my sales job because the demands on my family (and me) were too great. My career/background spanning two decades was entirely in local marketing and advertising; so publishing local magazines was a perfect fit for me. I started with one magazine, Canton Magazine. I taught myself the skills I lacked through online courses and research. And I worked 24/7 learning the whole publishing business. Today, we publish three magazines, one guide and one newsletter; and we hope to keep adding to our publication portfolio. My children (two boys, now ages 14 and 16) are proud of me and always asking me about what I did at work today? They’re interested in what I do. And they like the idea of having the freedom and flexibility owning a business can offer---but they also see how hard I work. So, it’s been a great experience for our whole family.

SHANNON GOWLAND•Roswellness, Roswell Farmers Market 690 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell•{770}702-0109 Colin was two when I made the decision to open the herb clinic. He got the opportunity to go harvesting and visit farms with me and enjoyed listening to the benefits of plants, food, and the positive reaction good food and herbs have on the body. Colin’s Little sister Alexa was born in 2009 and by this time my clinic had expanded to prepared meals along with custom herbal preparations, and wellness consulting. I made the decision to leave healthcare management and go full time with the business.

Roswell Farmers Market and Roswellness opened the doors in 2011 as the only place in Ga for traditional wellness, herbs, custom prepared meals, and local / biodynamic (beyond organic) produce and meats. Alexa and Colin both love to be in the kitchen with me creating and learning. The magic happens in the apothecary and that is where I can find Alexa as she loves working with plants!

The number one reason Roswell Farmers Market opened is to bring the local community quality, nutrient dense food and options while supporting local family farms. Building a healthy community is what we are about. It is never easy juggling a business and a family but when you are doing what you love and your kids see the benefit and enjoy helping others as much as I…it makes it all worth it!

AHOO SARAB•Korsi Yoga 555 S. Atlanta St, Roswell• {404}542-7458 I started thinking about studio ownership in my mid-twenties, when my yoga practice was at its strongest. I was living in DC at the time, was a devoted yoga student and volunteer at a local studio, and working as a television producer. Before long, my husband’s job took us overseas, to Kazakhstan, Russia, England and Ukraine where I lived for a decade. Even abroad, I’d find myself driving around looking for the perfect location for a yoga studio. I even taught myself to teach in Russian in preparation for the day I would open my doors. Life had other plans for me, and I found myself back in my hometown of Roswell over three years ago. Immediately, I set about opening my studio. I knew it had to be in Roswell, and I also knew it had to be close to nature. It has been an incredible journey, spanning decades of exploration and inspiration. My children love spending time at the studio with me and are young devotees of yoga themselves. Much of what I offer is in the spirit of community and I have been blessed to be supported and embraced in wonderful ways.

SUZANNE DAVIDSON, co-Owner•Oli & Ve 1003 Canton St, Roswell• {770}587-4244 I grew up sandwiched in between two brothers who were always forward thinking, talking about ideas, and ending up moving from employed to self-employed. I was exposed to using your God given desires and encouraged by their success. I was a stay at home mom for 18 years, loving every minute of it, but when I ended up a widow, I started seriously thinking, “What can I do?” My best friend encouraged me to check out a shop in North Carolina that she thought I would be interested in. As soon as I walked in, I knew this was it: an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting shop! Having no retail experience, but loving to cook and being reared by a mom who was a registered dietician, I understood the concept, “You are what you eat.” My mother drilled into me the importance of healthy eating. Thanks, Mom! I immediately started working on learning all I could about the products, getting set up for business, and going for it—never looking back. Learning something new every day, I love the challenges; and I love being part of the community. Supportive from the beginning, I enjoy and am thankful for a tech savvy son and daughters for all of their advice.

PAMELA LENNARD•Stillscapes Photography Studio, LLC 27 Oak Street {Shops of Soca}, Roswell {678}682.8332 (studio)• I am a social extrovert, eager to connect with people, and I’ve never known many days without a camera of some description in my hands. I dreamed of being a professional photographer for years, starting in high school and through college, but I didn’t pursue it full-time until I had decided it was time for a career change. I was working a full-time job and shooting weddings on the weekends, working with a few portrait clients and always, always, always shooting landscapes and livestock, which included lots of horses. My daughter was competing as a hunter/jumper rider and I was documenting every moment of those years.

My business grew, I pursued more clients, expanding to high school seniors, artists in the music industry, destination weddings, corporate clients, and now I find myself traveling a lot shooting weddings, corporate events, and executive incentive trips for various clients. Most of my business has been word-of-mouth, referrals, the sale of art work through art shows and social media, and a lot of work I’ve picked up while shooting a wedding or event. The one common thing clients say about me is they see how much I love my job, both through one-on-one contact and my images. Then, in 2015, I opened my studio on Oak Street in Roswell. My dream had come true. Every day is an adventure for me and not one day do I feel like I really work. CM