Governor Markell visited EcoChic in downtown Milford on Saturday, September 15 as part of a statewide campaign tour that highlighted successful small businesses in Delaware. Chosen by the Governor because of her continued success in business and her entrepreneurial sprit, Teri Carter, owner of EcoChic, was pleased to be the only officials stop on Markell’s trip to Milford.
Alongside Governor Markell, Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn and Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) Alan Levin took the opportunity to congratulate Ms. Carter and her efforts of building her business from the ground up in a tough economy.
“This announcement is not about politics,” commented Governor Markell. “I wanted to honor small business in Delaware. One of the great things about Delaware is that we are a state of neighbors.”
Ms. Carter explained the impetus behind the creation of her store came from her own experiences of being a mother of 5. She explained that while at an Earth Day celebration several years ago, she was amazed to find out just how much waste a family of seven could accumulate. So, along with her husband and five young children, they began recycling and quickly reduced their trash to a third of what they used before.
“Over time, I became frustrated with the lack of local eco-friendly options for my family,” commented Teri. “Although I could find them online, I wanted to support my local economy. I decided to choose Milford because it is my home town and I felt that it deserved something special and different.”
Now turning the corner into her third year in business, Teri has created a successful business in Milford that acts as a model for other businesses and a landmark for the entire downtown area. Over the last twelve months, Carter has been able to expand her inventory and establish an online store, creating a click-and-mortar prototype for others to follow.
EcoChic is located at 28 South Walnut Street in downtown Milford and is open Tuesday through Friday 11am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. More information about EcoChic can be found at www.shopecochic.com or by calling 302-422-4580.