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    Celebrating Lancaster’s Women Business Owners | Summer 2022

    Truist is proud to support women-owned businesses in the heart of Lancaster City. It’s one way they are living their purpose of inspiring and building better lives and communities.

     

    Meet three of downtown Lancaster’s local restaurant owners who are making a big impact on the city.

     


     

    Bushra Fakier
    Flavors of Morocco
    usflavorsofmorocco.com | Est. 2018

     

    Fig: Who/what influenced you take a chance on starting your business?
    Bushra: My love of my country and my culture.

     

    Fig: What is your secret superpower?
    Bushra: My secret superpower is love and passion—I cook with my heart, not just my hands. I love to share delicious food with people, I have a strong palate, and I want to be a good ambassador of my country.

     

    Fig: What’s something people may not know about you?
    Bushra: I don’t have any background in cooking. It was just a hobby and passion, but I have a PhD in physics.

     

    Fig: What is your personal favorite thing on your menu?
    Bushra: To be truthful, every dish I put out I look at it as my child so I love all my kids and cannot pick a favorite. All of them have the same level of taste but different flavors and texture.

    Melissa Watro
    On Orange
    onorange.wordpress.com | Est. 2010

     

    Fig: Who/what influenced you take a chance on starting your business?
    Melissa: My love of food and entertaining.

     

    Fig: What is your secret superpower?
    Melissa: My mother, who has always been there for me.

     

    Fig: What is your personal favorite thing on your menu?
    Melissa: The Steam Table Special. It gives me a chance to create something new each week. I love watching guests enjoy it.

     

    Fig: What is the most rewarding part of owning your business?
    Melissa: Being part of a team—every day is a new adventure. On Orange’s great group of hardworking people is what keeps me going.

    Sarmila Shrestha
    Himalyan Curry & Grill
    himalayanlancaster.com | Est. 2012

     

    Fig: Who/what influenced you take a chance on starting your business?
    Sarmila: My inspiration to be bold has always been my father. He owned a business in Nepal that allowed him to travel the world. He told us the world was open to all of us, and we should share the rich culture of Nepal through whatever work we choose.

     

    Fig: What is your secret superpower?
    Sarmila: I have three! They are dedication, discipline, and devotion. I am dedicated to my family and my customers, disciplined in working as hard as necessary, and devoted to my faith— without it nothing would be possible.

     

    Fig: What is your personal favorite thing on your menu?
    Sarmila: That is easy—Chicken Momo and Chicken Tikka Masala.

     

    Fig: What is the most rewarding part of owning your business?
    Sarmila: The love from our dear guests, friends, and community!