March is Women’s History Month and, on this Buy El Paso Adventure, we are celebrating the strong women who are the backbone of our communities. From our abuelas to our mothers, and our sisters to our friends, El Paso County is full of women who are helping build our economy by being boss babes!. Come along to check out some of our absolute favorite women-owned businesses in El Paso County.
Our first stop was to Happy Tails Pet Sitting Services, where we spoke with Owner Courteney Park. Happy Tails offers pet sitting and house sitting services when clients are out of town or while they are working. Their services also include dog walking. Park says that she initially wanted to be a veterinarian. But while working as a veterinary technician, she noticed a need for a local pet sitting service in El Paso and channeled her love for animals into her start as an entrepreneur.
Our next stop was 360 Mobile Detail, where we met Annette De La Rosa, company owner. 360 Mobile Detail is a car detailing service that brings the clean to clients to make sure their cars are shining and fresh, inside and out. The company started around the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and De La Rosa knew cleaning and sanitation, especially of people’s cars, would be very important. 360 Mobile Detail offers a base package called the Detail 360, which offers cleaning of the exterior and interior, a wax on exterior, and on the interior, they disinfect and vacuum.
Our last stop was to speak to Area Steel and Iron Works. lFounder and President Karen Edmonston explains that Area Iron and Steel is a reinforcing and structural steel fabrication shop and a service center. The company provides service to contractors of El Paso County and sells steel to residents, “from the person in their garage to commercial industrial contractors,” as Edmonston says. Since its start 32 years ago, Edmonston has grown her business into a successful, trusted name, but she says there’s more she wants to accomplish.
When asked about her experience as a woman business owner in El Paso, Edmonston reflected on the challenges she faced along the way, “Thirty years or so ago, it was very hard to be a woman owning a business in the steel industry in El Paso. There was a lot of negativity, but I have found, the way to beat that is to be honest and to present yourself as the way you’d like to be treated, and take care of your customers.”Thank you for joining us on this Buy El Paso Adventure. To the women of El Paso, we celebrate you this month – keep being awesome. Be sure to check out these and other women-owned businesses in El Paso County and remember to always Buy El Paso!