Mother-Daughter Duos in Action: Support Local this Mother’s Day

While some might cringe at the mere thought of working alongside family, these local business ladies are proud to work together as mother-daughter pairs on a daily basis. In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to highlight a few female duos who share not only DNA, but a passion for their trade.


Ally and Donna Merriman, Fraleigh’s Boutique – Clemmons, NC

“I am unbelievably grateful to have the opportunity to work with my mother-in-law (Donna Merriman), and to help continue to grow the business and carry on the legacy.” – Ally Merriman

“Being able to work with your mom (Mary Bingham) everyday was a gift, as well as a blessing. We had a bond and friendship that flourished in the 35 years of working together. I miss her everyday, but I am grateful for all the memories and opportunities she afforded me over the years.” – Donna Merriman, Owner.



Kayla Berry and Jerri Banner, Banner Team Properties – Winston-Salem, NC

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“I really enjoy working with my mother Jerri. She motivates me to be my best and is very inspirational. I can always go to her with questions and gain solid real estate advice, no matter the time of day or night. I aspire to be just like her one day!” – Kayla Berry, Realtor

“It is very rewarding to work with my daughter Kayla. Even though she said she would never be a realtor when she was growing up, I think it is the perfect career for her. She comes up with new ideas that make me rethink things I have been doing for many years. I am very proud of her.” –

Jerri Banner, Realtor/Broker in Charge



Brooke Eagle & Keela Johnson, Forsyth Magazines

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“Working with my mom is the biggest blessing. If you could only hear us talk on the phone! We get each other so worked up and excited over new ideas. Her passion for the magazines (and for life) has rubbed off on me in a big way over the years and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” -Brooke Eagle, Publisher of Forsyth Woman & FW Engaged

“Brooke once said she sometimes felt like we were the same person, which was one of the biggest compliments of my life. She is my hero in so many ways. Turning the business over to Brooke was one of the best decisions of my life. She was made to be the publisher/owner of this amazing family of magazines. I couldn’t be prouder!” – Keela Johnson, Associate Editor



Naomi & Natalie Gingerich, Lavender and Honey Kitchen – Winston-Salem, NC

“I never imagined that I would start my own business with my daughter Natalie at age 55, but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. While there were initially some adjustments in learning to differentiate between the roles of mom and daughter versus business owners, we have learned to appreciate the strengths of each other and also to acknowledge our weaknesses. We both feel incredibly blessed to work alongside each other in a business we love.” – Naomi Gingerich, Owner alongside daughter Natalie Gingerich



Suzanne & Ryan Snelling, Cherry Tree Lane Cookies – Winston-Salem, NC

“The ability to be my own boss and grow this small business has been amazing. Having my daughter Ryan as my business partner has been the biggest blessing. It is great to have someone you trust completely, but also to have someone you have so much fun with! I value her opinions and look to her for creative input.” – Suzanne Snelling, Founder

“My mom Suzanne has always made it a point to nourish my creative spirit. We’ve had a lifetime of crafty endeavors together, but this is by far my favorite. I am lucky enough to be working with someone who pours her entire heart and soul into her creations and inspires me every day. Joining our skills for this project is so rewarding and fun, and has helped us strengthen our already airtight bond.” – Ryan Snelling, Co-Founder



Jenna & Sharon Keener, The Songbird House – Pilot Mountain, NC

“Working as a mother-daughter business, we have the advantage of generational perspective and complementing strength. Even though we are very different, we’ve found a balance that makes us a great team. My mom Sharon is the hardest working person I know. I’ll always be thankful for this opportunity to start and grow this business with her.” – Jenna Keener, Owner alongside Mother Sharon Keener

Working alongside Jenna and helping her build a business in the industry she loves has been an absolute pleasure. Her creativity combined with her dedication to make sure each customer had an amazing product and experience makes her the dream partner. Helping my children succeed is my highest achievement and greatest joy.”

– Sharon Keener, Owner


Rachel & Christi Morales, Evelyn Rose Boutique – Winston-Salem, NC

“Owning a boutique comes with some of the greatest experiences, and one that I’m especially grateful for is the ability to work so closely with my mom. It’s nice to be able to share the good and the bad of owning a business with someone you trust. She helps keep me grounded when life as a business owner gets hectic. We work well together, because I’m more creative and enjoy focusing more on that aspect of the business. My mom, however, is very organized and helps me keep the administrative tasks in line.” – Rachel Morales, Owner

“Rachel has always had an eye for fashion and style, and I enjoy being able to support her and watch her dreams become reality. I believe we complement each other, and we have fun working together. Plus, the free clothes are a great perk!” – Christi Morales, COO



Amanda & Natalie Gogolak, Be Kind Coffee Co. – Clemmons, NC

“Working alongside my mother (Natalie Gogolak, Owner and Chief Mother in Charge) has been a lifelong dream of mine, as she’s been my best friend, a nonstop source of encouragement, and my partner in crime for 35 years. If there’s an adventure to be had, a new challenge to conquer, or fun to discover, Mom is the first to say, ‘I’m in!’ So naturally, when we thought about finally pursuing our family dream of opening a coffee shop (even in the midst of a pandemic), Mom and I jumped headfirst into our next adventure! There is truly nothing we cannot achieve when we do it together, and we’re going to cherish, laugh and love each other (and others) along the way, side by side.” – Amanda Gogolak, Owner and CEO



Lauren & Cindy Sephton, Batistini Farms – Winston-Salem, NC

“I can honestly say that it is a pure blessing to work alongside a heart as big as Lauren’s, and I’m so thankful for our mother-daughter bond. Her positivity, energy, and creativity explode daily, so much so that I have to tell her, ‘one day at a time…’.” – Cindy Sephton, Co-Founder

“Growing up, my mom was my biggest inspiration, and to work alongside her now is honestly a dream. While not every day goes perfectly as planned, she always knows how to find the good and make a funny memory out of it.” – Lauren Sephton



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