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Boone County businesswomen working together during pandemic

Trio pulls resources together to make a difference
Posted at 8:20 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 20:20:36-05

LEBANON — Three Boone County businesswomen have pulled their resources together to make sure each of them is able to keep thriving through the pandemic.

After keeping the doors open for more than a decade on North Meridian Street in downtown Lebanon. Stacy Dempster announced she wouldn’t be staying in the location any longer.

“I actually put it out there on social media what was going on," Dempster said. "After 17 years you get a lot of customers. The outcry moved me. They wanted me to stay."

She couldn't stay because she couldn't reach a lease agreement that worked for both her and the owner of the space.

"I really was desperate," Dempster said. "I had some bad days because I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I put my heart and soul into this business. It is a piece of me."

That's until a client took a seat at her boutique who had the connections to change all of that. Dempster explained the situation to Lynda Lambert, a realtor, who knew just who could help.

“It was a win all the way around,” Dempster said.

Chris Yovanovich runs a yoga studio in downtown Lebanon because of the pandemic.

She's done some so she agreed to sell her space to Dempster.

“I feel like this is the perfect business for this building," Yovanovich said. "Stacy has such a beautiful spirit and is very caring. I was always big on helping people manage stress and that’s what she does."

In no time the new space will be transformed into the new and improved Stacy’s Merle Norman Facial Spa and Boutique.

“Miracle on Lebanon street," Dempster said. "I never would have dreamed I would be moving at Christmas time during Covid and buying a building but that is what happened."

The ladies say this is what working together looks like.

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