Korey Massey and Tracy Massey have been working alongside each other since taking over The Mark-It in 2009. Korey Massey started working at the local business when she was still in school.

The ladies share some insight into their lives and each other.

Tracy:

Q. What inspires you most about your daughter?

A. The dedication and drive she has to make this business successful.

Q. What kind of a kid was she?

A. Very loving and caring child to everyone, which has never changed. Her kindness has carried over to our business as well.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

A. Taking out a second mortgage on our house to buy a shirt shop ONLY on the word of a 23-year-old daughter who had big dreams to make a small shirt shop a large custom gift shop. She was right! One of the craziest things, however, best decisions, made.

Q. If you could do something all over again, what would it be?

A. I'm pleased with my life overall but perhaps furthered my education.

Korey:

Q. Was there anything in your childhood that left a long-term impression on you?

A. How hard my parents worked to build their businesses. They’ve always had the determination and grind.

Q. Do you think you're like your mom? Why or why not?

A. We are so different. However, we both have the urge to be successful businesswomen. She’s the ying to my yang, and I think that’s why it works. She is a go-getter and I am totally a procrastinator, which drives her crazy. Some say we should have a reality show inside the store. They might be right!

Q. What is something nobody knows about you?

A. I am totally obsessed with makeup, however, 75 percent of the time I do not wear it. I even have a room in my house that’s considered my “makeup room.” It really is ridiculous.

Q. What is the top thing on your bucket list?

A . I would love to travel the world and learn more about all these spectacular places you see on social media and television.

Amanda Gentry and Stephanie Ray own and operate Mommy Towne in St. Joseph. The mother-and-daughter duo opened the store at 2235 N. Belt Highway in 2017. Gentry says she decided to open the store to spend more time with her own children. Working with her mother is a bonus.

Stephanie:

Q. What inspires you most about your daughter?

A. Everything! She is a wonderful, loving mother. As a woman, she is hardworking, independent and funny.

Q. What kind of a kid was she?

A. When she was very young, she was a "girly-girl". However, by grade school she found athletics and particularly loved playing basketball.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've ever done?

A. Probably when I decided to relocate back to St. Joseph to go to college after several years in Florida. At the time, I was a single mother with three very small children, but that didn't stop us. The four of us loaded into the moving van and didn't look back. I remember the only thing the kids were concerned with was the fact I had never driven a moving truck before. We made it just fine.

Q. If you could do something all over again, what would it be?

A. As much as I love the fact that all of my children are grown and I now have five amazing grandchildren, I sometimes wish I just had one more day to enjoy them again as little ones. It went by so quickly.

Amanda:

A. Was there anything in your childhood that left a long-term impression on you?

Q. I have always admired how hard-working my mother is. When we were younger, she went back to school and got two degrees. She worked, took care of the house, went to school and made sure us kids had everything we needed. Now that I am a mother and as busy as life can get, I just don't know how she juggled everything.

Q. Do you think you're like your mom? Why or why not?

A. Yes, I am very much like my mother. We have the same sense of humor, and our personalities are very similar. We own our business together now and I see it more now than ever.

Q. What is something nobody knows about you?

A. I love to read (when I have time), and my favorites are romance novels or books that give you a good cry.

Q. What is the top thing on your bucket list?

A. Take my kids to the beach in Florida where I had many childhood memories.

Jenn Hall can be reached at jenn.hall@newspressnow.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SJNPHall.