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Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses in Erie County

Wednesday Mar 6th, 2024

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The Bean Coffee House – Tamara Walters
Investing in her beloved hometown community of North East, PA was always Tamara Walters’ goal. She left her job in higher education to start the Small City Roasting Company and soon after, opened The Bean Coffee House in 2016. The Bean sources its coffee from diverse corners of the globe, importing beans that are roasted fresh on-site daily, ground to perfection, and brewed fresh daily. Beyond its exceptional coffee offerings, The Bean boasts a wide selection of specialty drinks and seasonal delights. Complementing these offerings is a creative café menu, featuring homemade breakfast and lunch items served seven days a week.

Are there any role models or mentors who have influenced your entrepreneurial journey?
 
I actually found mentorship from Erie restauranteur John Melody. He was a huge mentor for me, giving me the confidence to take the leap. We were office neighbors when we worked together in higher education. He was a huge part of me chasing my dreams and switching careers to find something greater for me and my family."

 

Sara Harris Pulakos

Pulakos Chocolates – Sara Harris
Pulakos Chocolates was founded in 1903 and is Erie's oldest chocolate company. Sara Harris and her husband Randy purchased Pulakos in January 2023, and their excitement to continue the legacy of this iconic 120-year-old Erie business is palpable. Pulakos’ display cases are overflowing with tempting confections including assorted truffles and creams, chocolate novelties, seasonal selections, and of course, chocolate-covered strawberries made fresh daily.   

How do you balance your personal and professional life while running a business?
"Work / Life balance is a constant effort. I focus on being self-aware and flexible, recognizing and addressing the needs of both personal and professional life as one or the other needs more attention. Being a business owner takes up a lot of your time. When I shifted my perspective to “I get to do..."  from "I have to do..." it made a positive difference. It's vital to take time for yourself, spend time with those, or do the things that "fill your cup" to keep you energized.
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Moose Head Pottery – Dina Petro
Each time Dina and her husband Robert crack open up their kiln, anticipation fills the air as they eagerly unveil their latest creations. Dina’s passion for locally crafted functional art radiates through Moose Head Pottery, delighting customers who share in their enthusiasm. Through the years, their studio has curated a distinctive array of hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces, offering the added touch of personalization to suit each customer’s unique taste.

 What inspired you to start your own business?
“After my husband had a vision to produce a product that was a functional piece of artwork that people would want to use or display, I saw how happy they made people and as a result, I got hooked on pottery. I love designing new shapes and coming up with new color combinations that make people smile. In 2021, we opened up our retail gallery on Upper Peach Street to sell locally-made functional stoneware pottery to people all over the country.”

Partner Spotlight

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.

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814 Photo

Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.

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ASCEND Erie - Climbing | Fitness | Yoga

NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!

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The Cork 1794

Open for Lunch and Dinner. Get ready for an experience like no other. An atmosphere where uncommon style, comfort and service seamlessly meld. Where food and beverages are expertly crafted to be beautiful, satisfying and truly special. A place that makes every day feel like a reason to celebrate.

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Two45 Waterfront Grille Now Open!

Savor an exquisite waterfront dining experience at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel, where culinary excellence meets panoramic views. This signature restaurant invites you to indulge in a delectable journey with a menu showcasing locally sourced ingredients and global inspirations while overlooking the serene waters of Lake Erie.

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Oliver’s Beer Garden

This summer, head over to Oliver's Beer Garden for endless fun and live music entertainment. Enjoy live performances every Wednesday through Sunday night throughout the season!

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales

Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!

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Erie Events

Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.

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Farmhouse Retreat

Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.

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Tia Book Cellar

Tia Book Cellar is an independent bookstore offering new and bargain books, unique gifts, puzzles, and games for all interests and ages. Located across from Gibson Park in North East, their brand embodies the local business model and the local grape heritage. Tia's believes that "there is always … local, an alternative, and a story." They look forward to helping you discover your next read or gift here.

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Exclusive Tourism Rewards

If you live more than 50 miles from Millcreek Mall, stop by the Customer Service Center to register. You’ll receive a Guest Rewards Tourism Program Luggage Tag. Scanning the QR Code on it will reveal special offers from participating mall merchants. If you spend $200 or more that day, take your receipts back to the Customer Service Center and you’ll get a FREE $20 Mall Gift Card. You get rewarded just for shopping!

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Just for fun!

Experience family summer fun on more than 100 great rides, slides and attractions at Waldameer!

One stop convenience.

Fill your tank, pick up fresh food from local brands, and a six-pack to go in 40 regional locations.

Soak in the fun!

Experience 84 degrees all year at one of the top water parks in the country.

Ante-up, Erie.

Find true action with slots, table games, sports book, and horse racing.

Award-Winning Compassionate Care

Voted Erie’s Choice Best Hospital for eight years in a row