CUMMING, Ga. — Halcyon promises something for everyone, and the new development is making sure local female entrepreneurs are included.

“I always knew I wanted to open my own clothing store, ever since I was young, but I knew it would take a lot of work, a lot of experience to get there,” Candice Sinisgalli, owner of Nina and Leigh, said. “I knew that I wanted to be somewhere that I wanted to spend my day as a customer.”

She chose Halcyon and will soon open her first retail location.

“We’re going to have women's clothing, accessories, shoes, all that,” Sinisgalli said. “We're going to cater toward girls from 18 to 35. It's going to have a Bohemian feel if you will with a little bit of edginess to it.”

Kim Hall, the owner of Totally Running and Walking, will also have a shop at the new mixed-use development in Forsyth County.

“I sell running and walking shoes and apparel and accessories,” she said. “[Halcyon] came to me and said a running store really needs to be here at halcyon, because we are going to be right on the greenway.”

International Women’s Day is coming up on Friday, March 8, 2019, and both shop owners agree – it’s important to empower women and give them a voice.

“I actually volunteer with an organization called Girls on the Run which is dedicated to giving young girls a voice and empowering them,” Sinisgalli said. “So I've been able to see firsthand the difference it makes in young girls when we motivate them and we kind of instill self confidence in them.”

“I think women are more compassionate sometimes, and I think that's what you have to be, especially in brick-and-mortar these days,” Hall said. “Build community around it and build relationships with people.”

According to a representative from The Wilbert Group, Halcyon’s grand opening has been pushed back to summer 2019. The Wilbert Group is a public relations agency that works closely with Forsyth County’s highly-anticipated live, work, play area.

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