DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Many would say downtown Dothan’s Foster Street is almost unrecognizable from what it was a decade ago, due to a few women entrepreneurs there who are responsible for reshaping the street into what it is today.
Robin Thagard, the owner of the Colby Building on Foster Street, has brought fine dining, ballroom dancing, and workspaces to this particular street in downtown Dothan.
“I didn’t find Foster, Foster found me,” Thagard said. “Having nearly 30,000 square feet, it takes time.”
She started her business almost 30 years ago and now helps other women entrepreneurs. After moving from Atlanta and wanting to bring a piece of home to the center of Dothan, ‘Tip-Top Beauty Bar’ opened two years ago inside the Colby Building.
“City-like feels, but very historic and classy, so it goes right along with me,” owner of Tip-Top Beauty Bar, Tiffany Andrews said.
Andrews said by making women feel their best make helps the city look its best because happy people equals a happy town.
“Although beauty might seem minute, as long as you look great and feel great, it’s a great way to start the day,” Andrews said.
Many of these women who open their doors could have gone anywhere, but chose downtown Dothan and specifically Foster Street.
Stacy Fountain is the owner of Downtown Books, and she opened her business doors in late November and adds to the many women who have helped bring back this part of downtown.
“They have been visionary in saying this is what we think this area could be and what we want it to be,” Fountain said. “I’m really just following in their wake.”
Following in the wake of Kelsey Barnard Clark owner of KBC, Naomi and Olive, the Nature Gallery is all one of the first to open on Foster Street.
These businesses are just a few responsible for revitalizing downtown and opening the doors for new businesses like Honey Bee Tees, which is owned by Darby Stickler and is expected to open in the spring of next year.
From dinner, books, t-shirts, to yoga, all things you can find right here on Foster Street, brought to you by women entrepreneurs. Each of them tells WDHN News they chose this specific location because they wanted to be part of the change and the growth happening in downtown Dothan.
“You completely change everything along the way because you really do have to re-invent yourself all the time, because times are changing,” Thagard said.