The history of women in business in the Downtown Tillamook area, much like the rest of the world, was born out of a necessity to assist the family with additional income but has evolved into a community of amazing women-owned, run and thriving businesses County wide. I, personally, come from a historical precedent set by my Grandma Bedford, stepping in to run the Man’s Shop, when her husband Elden “Beds”, fell ill. This was in the late 60s to early 70s. My parents then came back to the area to help and stayed on to eventually buy the business and run it in the Beals Building that sits on the corner of 3rd and Main Street in Tillamook.

Now, in a two-block radius from that very spot, there are no less than 20 businesses owned and operated by some of the most talented and driven women in our community. Sunflower FlatsNatalie Kate ImagesWest Elliot BoutiqueMadeline’sSarasota’sThe RendezvousLucky Bear Soap Co.Shanny’s Nail ShopSalty RavenOregon Coast Dance Center, just to name a few. I could go on, but in honor of National Women’s Day, I would like to say thank you to those who paved the way and set an example of commitment and superwoman strength, so the rest of us could follow the example you have set. I feel honored to be among you, just a couple of blocks away from some of my own family history here.

Blog contributed by Steph Poppe, Rob Trost Real Estate, Tillamook, OR

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