Under one roof: Mother, daughter run businesses from same building

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For about nine years, Amy Dean was a bus driver for Medora Community Schools. But this past summer, she was laid off.

“It was horrible. It was very depressing,” she said. “I’ve got three kids. Luckily, my husband has a very good job, so we’re surviving.”

Dean was fortunate to have another thing to fall back on, as she had started a business, My Sister’s Closet Resale Shop, in the spring.

“I was just going to do (the shop) part time,” she said. “Then I decided, ‘Well, I’m going to have to go full time now.’”

Her mother, Jeannie Perez, has been a real estate agent for more than 20 years, and she recently branched off on her own. Her office along South Perry Street in Medora was too big, so she decided to open Star Real Estate in a smaller space in the same building as her daughter’s shop on South Perry Street.

“It’s gone good,” Perez said, “because there’s a lot of women that come in here and either they are looking for a house or they know somebody that is looking for a house. So while they are here shopping, it gives me an opportunity to talk to them and find out leads. It’s good networking.”

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