Abbott’s Highlights Women-Owned Businesses

Owners of Sugar Bee, a new candy shop in downtown Milford. L to R Sherry Shaffer and Peggy Reilly.
Owners of Sugar Bee, a new candy shop in downtown Milford. L to R Sherry Shaffer and Peggy Reilly.

Last week Abbott’s Grill in Milford continued their Ladies Night specials but added an unusual twist to Wednesday nights. Known as Ladies Business Mixer Nights at Abbott’s, every Wednesday during the summer several women-owned businesses will be featured in the pub area and private dining room.

In an effort to increase networking between women business owners and local entrepreneurs, Chrissy Sarro, Marketing Manager at Abbott’s Grill, wanted to make Ladies Night about more than just half priced wine, drink and food specials; which Abbott’s still offers. She wanted to make the night a business event in a Happy Hour format that invites like minded women to make connections, find new clients, talk about their expertise and enjoy some girl bonding with other successful women.

“It is a chance for like minded women to network and support each other,” commented Sarro. “It is important to support each other as well as local businesses and an opportunity to learn how we all can help bring money into the local economy.”

An entrepreneur herself, Chrissy and her mother Jean Sarro opened Library Square in Milford in 1993. Known as an upscale restaurant and a local favorite for residents and visitors to the Milford area for ten years, Library Square was sold in 2003.

“I loved being a part of Milford and I am glad to be back in Milford,” commented Sarro. “The Milford community was always very supportive of our women-owned business and these events allow other women to get the word out about their businesses in a welcoming atmosphere.”

This month Abbott’s Grill hosted local women-owned businesses including, Natalie Dwyer Conley of Origami OWL, Kathy Jackson of Tastefully Simple and Peggy Reilly and Sherry Shaffer of Sugar Bee a Sweet Boutique. Reilly, co-owner of the new candy confectionary Sugar Bee in downtown Milford, enjoyed the opportunity that the Ladies Business Mixer Night gave to a new local business.

“The Ladies night was a good opportunity to meet and greet, to enjoy the special drink of the night and introduce all the sweet opportunities Sugar Bee offers,” commented Reilly. “It was a good night for the Queen Bees and for the business.”

Upcoming mixers will include Tara Gush Lausch of Get Your Wag On Pet Services, Sami Stanley of Grateful Groomin’ and Sherry Shaffer of Fur-Baby Boutique; Ding Dong it is Avon; Meghan Williams of Mispillion River Brewing and Nicole Bailey of Elevee Events. On Wednesday, August 6, the Ladies Business Mixer Nights will be supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, highlighting local women’s health services. In October Abbott’s Grill will be hosting local men-owned businesses during their Mens Business Mixer Nights, where men can network, find new clients and bond with other successful men.

Whether businesses are just starting out or have been in business for years, Abbott’s strives to help connect mixer participants with new contacts and friends. Local women-owned businesses can represent their company for free by contacting Chrissy Sarro at 302-519-1519 or

“Kevin and Laura [the owners of Abbot’s Grill] want to be so much a part of the community and they hope to spread the awareness of Milford’s growth,” commented Sarro. “We strive to help you connect with new contacts and friends. If you feel passionate about a business, art form, good wine and making new friends, come join us.”

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