—Women’s History Month— Celebrating local women business owners

Updated: Mar 28

Photos by Lynne Deliman

Cheryl McDermott, owner of Personality Hair Design in Stowe.

Opened up on April 1, 1988 McDermott is very active in her community serving as a Stowe commissioner, a member of the Lions Club and donates her time traveling to nursing and elder homes to cut hair.


Jackie Page, owner of the Love Rocks Cafe’ in McKees Rocks.

For the last three years Page has been making healthy comfort food like jambalaya and candied sweet potato fries. Jackie has even prepared holiday feasts for Mike and Kyla Tomlin!


Helen Mannarino, owner of Pierogies Plus in McKees Rocks. Mannarino, who emigrated from Poland in 1974, brought the recipes she learned from her parent’s restaurant and started 30 years ago in a gas station.



Michele Turner, owner of Shell’s Sweets & Treats in Kennedy. Starting her business in McKees Rocks five years ago, Turner knew she needed a bigger place for all her creations. So when Bob’s donuts closed in Kenmawr Plaza, Turner decided to make the move. Shell’s offers a variety of donuts, coffee, ice cream and yummy cakes.


Kerry Connolly, owner of Kerry Out Nutrition in Stowe.

Connolly started her business March 2020 right before the pandemic. The meal prep catering service brings healthy meals like salmon, broccoli & quinoa to your dinner table. Kerry is also the head coach of the Sto-Rox girls basketball team.


Carol Ann Krisby, owner of Carol Ann’s Corner store in McKees Rocks Bottoms.

Serving the community for 33 years Krisby has survived three cars crashing into the business and a fire a few years ago. This summer she has decided it’s time to retire in which she plans on traveling around the country with husband Paul.


Lydia Magliocco-Asque, owner of Styles by Lydia Beauty Bar in Coraopolis. Recently making the move from Kennedy to Coraopolis, Magliocco-Asque opened up in 2001 and hasn’t looked back. Lydia and her team offer many services including cuts, coloring, nails and more.


Honorable Carla Swearingen-Batch Magisterial district justice since 2000 for Robinson and Kennedy townships. Carla is a graduate of Allegheny County Police Academy and Geneva College. She volunteers her time with the Urban Impact Foundation, children’s and other ministries and is a prayer coordinator. She is also a school director for Rhema Christian School in Moon.



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