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Celebrate Women's History Month in the Grand Strand

  By  Ashley Daniels
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We Celebrate Women’s History Month by Spotlighting Several Women-Owned Businesses in Myrtle Beach

To commemorate Women’s History Month in March, we’re recognizing some amazing women-owned businesses in the Myrtle Beach area and why you should support them this month – and every month!

Check them out!

Lekker Eats Market + Kitchen

3751 Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach

Owner Jordan Lazarus and her team at Lekker Eats has grown from a small grab-and-go space to today’s market and kitchen to feed and seat more people. Lekker, which is a South African slang phrase meaning “all is good” plucked from Lazarus’ time there as a chef before returning to her hometown of Myrtle Beach, is centered on serving, clean, healthy, delicious food. The menu is filled with an eclectic blend of brekkie bowls, toasties, lunch plates, toasts, salads, smoothies, specialty coffees, cold-pressed juices, local craft beer, and more.

Barbie’s Baristas

4447 US 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

It’s a Barbie world at Barbie’s Baristas, owned by sisters Sophia and Gabriella Falzarine. The cute pink-themed café serves up a variety of coffee, tea, bubble tea, fresh lotus juices made in-house, and sweet treats.

Tidal Creek Brewhouse

3421 Knoles Street, Myrtle Beach

Located in The Market Common area, Tidal Creek Brewhouse has quickly become a popular gathering spot for community, craft beer, coffee, and food over the last few years since first opening. Co-founder and president Dara Liberatore-Sawczuk and her husband, co-founder Adrian Sawczuk, were inspired to open their brewery by their roots planted along a tidal creek on Daniel Island. Today, Dara is the heart of Tidal Creek, from the craft kitchen to the outdoor lawn.

Asher Theater

3237 Waccamaw Boulevard, Myrtle Beach

This theater, which opened in 2018, is owned by the husband-wife team of comedian/actor/impersonator James Stephens III and Dr. Grace Stephens. The entertainment schedule here features both national stand-up acts and local talent, such as the nostalgic musical revue, “Motown ’59”; the whodunnit dinner show, “Murder at the Cotton Club”; and the one-man show performed by Stephens, “The Man of a Thousand Voices.”

Freedom Readers

1012 16th Ave. North, Surfside Beach

Originally founded by Dr. Tracy Bailey, who now serves as national director of the nonprofit, Freedom Readers is now led by Angelina Hunt, who was just appointed CEO, but has worked in a variety of roles for the organization since 2010. The mission of Freedom Readers is to improve reading skills in low-income communities throughout Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties.

Design the Sign

1788 US 501, Myrtle Beach

Owned by Olga Kazakova, Design the Sign specializes in producing high-quality signs, banners, stickers, vinyl lettering, window graphics, car magnets, business cards, post cards, posters, canvas printing, license plates, and more. Print materials used vary from cast vinyl, 13-ounce banner material, and coroplast, to aluminum and more.

Shelbi Ankiewicz
Shelbi Ankiewicz is a senior at Coastal Carolina University studying communication, journalism, and intercultural studies. She is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, but has resided in Myrtle Beach for 14 years. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CCU's student newspaper, The Chanticleer, and is a member of a two-year leadership program called the Wall Fellows. Shelbi enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling to major cities in the SouthEast, and attending concerts. In her free time you can find her hanging out with her frenchton bulldog, Oma, or visiting the local trails Myrtle Beach has to offer.