MAYVILLE — Over the past year and a half, four new women-owned businesses have opened in Mayville.
The businesses: Bene Esse, Quintessential, Mayberry Jungle and Handcrafted from the Heart all reside in the same stretch of South Erie Street in Mayville. All four offer something to the Mayville community.
Bene Esse, owned by Barb C. Miller Nickerson, is a positive psychology practice/life coach. Bene Esse also means “wellness” in Latin.
“I work with people who feel stuck or unmotivated or generally just unhappy and help them achieve their personal goals”, said Nickerson. “Sometimes that just means offering them direct companionship or compassion, but it’s always with a focus on what the client themselves want to accomplish.”
Nickerson emphasized that although she is not a therapist or counselor, everything she does as a life coach is evidence backed by extensive research and she never does anything misinformed.
“I have done extensive research, including the local mental health resources we have, where there is a significant gap between needs and services provided,” said Nickerson. “I think there’s also a stigma around going to see a counselor or therapist versus a life coach. No diagnosis is needed to come see me, and I really care about the people and their needs.
Nickerson holds a Masters in Community Care and Counseling, Addiction and Recovery, and is currently completing his PhD in Community Care and Counseling. Bene Esse can be reached at (716) 224-1161 or at www.beneessselc.com, or on their Facebook page, Bene Esse.
Quintessential, owned by Julia Murphy, is a printing company that offers a variety of services.
“We offer rural packaging, shipping and printing for all needs of all businesses in Chautauqua County”, Murphy said. “We also provide fast and professional shipping services, working with UPS and FedEx, and we have a drop-off station for them as well.”
Quintessential also offers graphic design, plan making, shredding, faxing and laminating services. They are currently in the training phase to be able to offer fingerprint scanning as well. The shop also sometimes welcomes local artisans.
Quintessential is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They can be reached at www.quintprintshop.com, on their Facebook page, Quintessential Print Shop, by email at [email protected], or by calling 716-224-1214.
Ariel Cartwright owns Mayberry Jungle, a flower and plant store.
“We offer a variety of indoor plants, ceramic containers, and we also do funerals and birthdays,” said Cartwright. “We also offer balloons.”
Mayberry Jungle can be reached at 716-224-1209
Sorena Gilkinson owns Handcrafted from the Heart and features a variety of items handcrafted by her, her family and friends.
“I have a lot of handmade items from family and friends, I don’t offer any from local vendors yet,” says Gilkinson. “We upcycle and upcycle many items. We can also do custom orders and parties.
The company also offers notarial and real estate services. They can be found on Facebook as Handcrafted from the Heart, and can be reached by calling 716-269-4129 or emailing [email protected]
“Mayville is a goldmine, not just economically but also with the community,” said Nickerson. “There is so much potential here and so many things that are needed and can also attract people.”
Gilkinson has been instrumental in working on the new movement to move Mayville forward and believes the opening of these businesses is a good start.
“Mayville is the county seat,” says Gilkinson. “We want to see him fussing like before. But, I believe we have a good start moving forward for this community, because it is important to everyone who lives here.
Moving forward for Mayville means providing the services the community needs, which the four women do by opening their business.
“For me, I saw a big need in the field that was not yet filled” said Cartwright. “I have always had a passion for plants. I worked at Tops for a while and was in the master gardener program at Cornell. But I have always loved plants.
For Gilkinson, she said that in her previous full-time job, she often found herself staring out the window at the building across the street – the same building where the four women and their businesses would eventually end up.
“I actually started with mine two doors down, where Quintessential is now,” said Gilkinson. “I taught Zoomba there and offered photography services. But the desire to open my current business hit in 2015 or 16. I think there was something calling me in that building.
Murphy opened Quintessential after seeing a clear need for a print shop in the community, and the business has grown ever since.
“There was a very obvious void in the services we provide, and we worked to fill that void,” Murphy said. “We started as a simple print shop, but have added and evolved since then. We have added artisans and the use of other local small businesses as a part of us. It’s a bit like mini-companies operating in large corporations. »
Murphy added that she seeks to help locals with all their printing needs without them having to drive more than half an hour to the nearest printing service or shipping location.
“I brought in a customer once and I’ll never forget what they called ‘rural discrimination’ in shipping,” Murphy said. “We are helping local community members to solve this problem.”
At Bene Esse, Nickerson said his passion for opening his practice stemmed from his concern for the community.
“I work virtually too, but I really care about the community and the physical well-being of the city,” said Nickerson.
Nickerson also emphasized that she takes her work ethic seriously, being evidence-based and focused on client care.
While working to move the region forward through their businesses, the women noted the importance of starting with women-owned businesses – something that is more common these days but can still be hard to come by.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Gilkinson. “We have a kind of tribe with the four of us here, and we always send people to each other and other local businesses as well.”
Nickerson described the idea as empowering, both in business and in caring for the local community.
For Cartwright, the idea of starting Mayville’s forward movement with women-owned businesses is exciting.
“I’m very excited to see the shape of Mayville’s future, even in the next 15 to 20 years,” said Cartwright. “It’s something I’ve thought about a lot. I also wanted to open my own botanical garden, in the hope that in 100 years Mayville will have continued to grow and wrap itself with the garden as its center.
Murphy added that for her, the most important thing is to be able, as a company, to provide jobs to the community. Quintessential currently has two employees in addition to Murphy.
“They really are customer service superstars,” Murphy said. “They are really focused on saving customers time and money. We have also generated revenue. It has been challenging, but also fun and rewarding.
Ultimately, Nickerson, Murphy, Gilkinson, and Cartwright work together for the needs of the community.
“There is no competition” said Nickerson. “We really build each other up.”
Gilkinson added that there were three other storefronts available in the building and they would also welcome anyone to start their journey there.
“I think if anyone dreams of opening their own business, they should do it,” said Gilkinson. “It may be scary at first, but go ahead and make your dream come true.”