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Kristina Henderson, who was named Mrs. New Jersey American in September, 2020, recently completed the final stop of her 21-county Tour of Women Owned Businesses with a visit to The Mission Inn, a premier bed and breakfast in Cape May.

Henderson, who is co-owner and CEO of Red Bank-based and NJBIA member Henderson Promos, met with the co-owners and innkeepers, Wendy Collins and Laura Shaddock, who have been operating the business since 2016. 

“Cape May is a true gem on the East Coast, and Wendy and Laura’s passion for the work they do can be seen in every impeccable detail of their stunning, Spanish themed, Mission Inn,” Henderson said.

“Visiting all 21 counties has been an incredible journey. As I reflect on the many women business owners I have met, I am truly honored to have learned about their paths to success. We spoke about networking with each other to grow our brands, adapting during the pandemic, how to get inspiration, mentorships, and improving visibility. This experience has been a highlight of my reign as Mrs. New Jersey.”

The visit to the Cape May County community was the final stop of Mrs. New Jersey’s Statewide Tour to all 21 counties to meet women business owners in a variety of industries. Among those she met were architects, a pilot, leaders in the construction arena, an acupuncturist, and more. 

“We are grateful to Kristina for supporting women owned businesses,” Collins said. “She is both an advocate for us and an inspiration. We are really impressed with how driven she is to help others which can also be seen in the incredibly philanthropy work she does in the community.” 

Shaddock echoed those sentiments, “It was a pleasure giving Mrs. New Jersey a tour of our inn. She has an incredible business sense. and we look forward to collaborating on philanthropic projects in the future.” 

“Additionally, it is important to note that women business owners represent 40% of U.S. businesses today,” said Henderson. “We employ nearly 9 million people, generating almost $2 trillion in sales. With close to 300,000 businesses in New Jersey owned by women, it is important to celebrate and support our success and work together to continue to grow our economic contribution in the communities we live and serve.” 

Here is the list of women-owned businesses visited by Henderson during her reign as Mrs. New Jersey American:

Atlantic County  

  • Catalyst Aviation, Hammonton Airport 

Bergen County 

  • Society Fem and Society Men, Westwood
  • Westwood Pets Unlimited, Westwood

Burlington County 

  • Properly Fueled Café, Bordentown
  • Evans Family Chiropractors, Bordentown

Camden County 

  • Corrine’s Place, Camden

Cape May County 

  • The Mission Inn, Cape May

Cumberland County 

  • FruttaMex, Vineland
  • Pretty on Purpose, Vineland

Essex County 

  • Studio 1200, Short Hills, Millburn Township

Gloucester County 

  • New Castle Artisan, Sicklerville

Hudson County 

  • Pump Hoboken, Hoboken

Hunterdon County 

  • Frenchtown Café, Frenchtown
  • PurotuSalon and Boutique, Frenchtown 
  • LibbyBeansChocolatier, Frenchtown 

Mercer County 

  • HIGHBAR Boutique, Princeton

Middlesex County 

  • Stillwell Hansen, Edison
  • Fritz’s Restaurant, New Brunswick

Monmouth County 

  • Fred Astaire Dance Studio, Marlboro
  • Ada’s GojjoEthiopian and Dominican Restaurant, Asbury Park 
  • Carla GizziBoutique, Asbury Park 

Morris County  

  • Glassworks, Morristown
  • Restoration Health Acupuncture, Randolph

Ocean County 

  • Attention to Detail Cleaning Services, Brick

Passaic County 

  • The Cosmopolitan, Wayne

Salem County 

  • Equine Assisted Therapy of NJ, Mannington

Somerset County 

  • August eTech, Somerset

Sussex County   

  • Pattycakes Bakery, Sparta

Union County 

  • The ManeEvent Hair Salon, Cranford 
  • Anthem Style+Gift, Cranford

Warren County 

  • You Consignment and Boutique, Hackettstown