Photos by Traci Newlin
“We were both born and raised in DeSoto County, so naturally we have always been active and very concerned about our community and anxious to see it be all it can be.” This was what the dynamic Mother/Daughter duo of Linda Williams and Pam Ames shared. The word “active”, however, may be an understatement. Both have served as Presidents and are now on the Board of Advisors for the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Linda serves on the DeSoto County Tourism Committee and Pam serves on the City of Arcadia’s Historic Preservation Committee.
While involved with the Chamber, they helped with the renovation of the Chamber building located in the center of town. They also proudly host the Chamber Early Bird Christmas, assist with the Foster Care systems’ Christmas, Christmas Card Lane and the Christmas Parade.
They are also active with the Arcadia Main Street Program, a program that is designed to improve all aspects of the downtown area. Improving economic management, strengthening the community involvement and making the downtown a focal point is top on the priority list. This program sits close to their hearts as they are business owners in beautiful historic downtown Arcadia.
Although they have been in business since 2001, their new store “The Peddler’s Boutique” is the result of growth and success. After much success with their gift baskets business, the business-savvy ladies decided to expand. After a setback named Hurricane Charley and a move, they reopened in May 2012. Their attitude of giving extended to others that were affected by the storm. Through grants and the Main Street Program, they were able to assist 8 businesses that were damaged.
“Our favorite part of being in business is the people we serve.” Pam comments. “Our customers are our friends.” They are also very quick to thank the community for their support. “We would not have survived the past 11 years if it were not for them.”