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Thirteen women-run businesses breathe new life into Jordan

Danielle Karlik, left, and Linda Boehm are co-owners of Da-Li Hodge Podge in Jordan.

Danielle Karlik, left, and Linda Boehm are co-owners of Da-Li Hodge Podge in Jordan. Photo by Ned Campbell.

— “We are moving from a smaller manufacturing space in the same building and anticipate having retail space,” Withey said. “We have a flare for finding the perfect combination of pieced fabrics, findings, and notions into accessories that feature the personality of the wearer most. Each piece is made by hand.”

She said there’s a buzz in Jordan thanks to the new businesses popping up, and, like the mayor, she hopes it will lead to Jordan becoming “the destination it was in the past.”

“Our grandmother told us stories of taking boat rides on the Erie Canal for a days of shopping in Syracuse,” she said. “We can envision our grandmother wearing one of our hats on an Erie Canal boat ride, and her spirit bringing new folks to Jordan to see what interesting things are happening here.”

Shear determination

Mickie Hendrix, owner of Mickie's Shear Boutique at 7 S. Main St., has worked in the village since 1971, when she got started creating display hairpieces for Sandy Benedict’s salon in the Benedict Block.

“She told me if I went to beauty school, she’d give me a job,” she said.

And Benedict made good on her promise. Hendrix finished beauty school in 1973 and worked for Benedict for six or seven years until she moved her salon to the building across the street. Hendrix then began renting a booth from her.

“I’m thinking she was probably the only one,” she said of the number of women who owned businesses in Jordan. And that was at a time when business flourished in Jordan.

“It was a beauty shop, there was a barber across the road,” she said. “Back then Jordan was really, really busy.”

Hendrix would buy the building from Benedict in 1990 and start Mickie's Shear Boutique. In describing it, she said a lot of people compare it to the beauty shop in “Steel Magnolias,” the 1989 film starring Sally Field and Dolly Parton.

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