Jessica Hood opened You’re an Artist in 2013 and knew the Manning Street location was perfect for her business.
“I knew I wanted to be in Derry and I loved the space,” Hood said. “It seemed like a great environment.”
She said she often works collaboratively with her neighbors at Culinary Playground to offer special art and cooking camps for kids.
Derry planning director George Sioras said the town is seeing more women opening businesses.
He credited Shea and Davis for a successful grand opening at the coffee shop and said they did all the right things when it came to planning and executing their business dream.
“It’s one of those great things,” he said. “They came in with an idea, and looked and looked until they finally found a spot they liked.”
Noah Davis, 16, said his mother worked very hard to open the coffee shop.
“I think it’s awesome,” he said. “I’m proud of what they’ve done.”
Arlit said it’s sometimes like a sisterhood at the Granary and owners support each other.
“We all get along,” she said.
Arlit said she had little time off during her early years getting established. But the rewards are also great as she can plan her own destiny and future.
“I just now want to share my passion with others,” she said. “I would never do anything differently.”
Staff writer John Toole contributed to this story