Downtown businesses celebrate women in March

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Several events are planned in Morgantown for Women’s Day and Women’s History Month in March.

Owner of the Hoot & Howl at 245 Walnut Street, Stephanie Swaim says Friday, March 6 Main Street Morgantown will celebrate Women’s Day with a downtown Art Walk.

Amy Sidwell and Murray Gervais, owners of the Findley Martin Winery on the Mileground also encourage the community to support Women’s Day and Women’s History Month activities.

“A day to celebrate women’s achievements politically, socially and economically,”Swaim said,”It’s great day for us as women to come together.”

Art Walks are planned for the first Friday of each month through the summer, this one will feature artistic women of all types.

Swaim will host Pittsburgh-based glass and mosaic artist Meeghan, from Atelier Glass Studio.

“We’re encouraging the businesses, restaurants and retail businesses to bring in women artists if possible,”Swaim said,”There will be a mix of people, a lot of women artists in our businesses this month.”

Women operate a sizable percentage of businesses in downtown Morgantown.

“When you look at our Main Street District, which is the downtown and the historic Wharf area we have 23 percent of our business owners are women,”Swaim said,”So, that’s really exciting.”

Swaim Friday, March 6 a portion of all downtown sales will be donated to a Kickstarter campaign for Kati Baker, who is opening a downtown business in June.

“We’ll be donating 20 percent of our sales that day for the new Tabletop Parlor Board Game Cafe,”Swaim said.

Using the #EachForEqual campaign theme, female business owners in the area will be tagged in social media posts during the month of March. Women are encouraged to strike the #EachForEqual pose, and upload a photo to their own social media pages.