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Woman laid off in Elk Co., pursues dream

Updated: Tuesday, June 24 2014, 07:05 AM EDT

By: WJAC Web Staff

RIDGWAY, Pa. -- A woman who was a mortgage banker for 30 years was laid off and decided to pursue her lifelong dream.

This woman's dreams also helped benefit Ridgway, Elk County by adding another business. 

A home that was built back in 1894 and still has original wooden furnishings was converted into a bed and breakfast.

"It has always been a dream of mine to own a bed and breakfast," Co-Owner Cooke's Murphy House Phyllis Cooke said.

Cooke and her husband purchased the home on the 100 block of East Avenue in Ridgway last December and has enjoyed it ever since.

"I was laid off in October from a 30-year career in mortgage banking, I said I don't want to do this anymore but I want to be productive," Cooke said. "I want to actually feel like I'm contributing to other people's lives."

The home which is an historic Hyde-Murphy now has three guest rooms named after Cooke's children.

"Within the home I'm incorporating some of the history."

One night at the home could cost anyway between $90 and $125. Guests who wake up in the morning will be able to enjoy a freshly made breakfast of their choice and those who work to increase tourism in Ridgway love the idea.

"Adding a new b-and-b to our Ridgway area enhances the opportunity for that unique lodging," Ridgway Main Street Manager Michellle Bogacki said.

Ridgway Chamber of Commerce Director Tina Clancy said having the new b-and-b enhances the opportunity for unique lodging.

The bed-and-breakfast just opened last month and reservations can be made online.

Woman laid off in Elk Co., pursues dream

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