ATHENS, Alabama — A mother-daughter duo own two major businesses in the heart of Athens in Downtown Square.
The city of Athens is projected to hit almost,40,000 residents in the next few years, and with growth comes more support for small businesses.
Dawne Douthit and her daughter Jess Clark own Epiphany Boutique and Square Clock Coffee Shop on 100 Jefferson St. in Downtown Athens. They both raised their families in Limestone County, and the Tennessee Valley has a special place in their heart.
They've been business owners in the Tennessee Valley since 2014, starting with the first Epiphany Boutique in Madison.
"This business is a huge blessing for me because I get to provide for my family and my kids," Clark explained.
During the pandemic, the community of Athens rallied behind their businesses and started purchasing their products online to ensure that they were able to remain afloat. Douthit and Clark are grateful for the support.
"We're just super thankful to be a part of this community," Clark said. "This is really like nothing I've experienced. This community is very unique and so supportive of [our] small business."
Through the challenges of running their businesses, Douthit and Clark have enjoyed every moment.
"There's always ten million things that need to be done, and you're thinking 'if I could just do this, if I could just do that' but you just have to get something done every day." Douthit said.
To learn more about Epiphany Boutiques and Square Clock Coffee visit their Facebook pages.