Deaf Entrepreneurs Launch Tiny House Wilderness Resort

Deaf Entrepreneurs Launch Tiny House Wilderness Resort

“Deaf businesses have been marginalized for a long time.”

Three friends, all small business owners in the D.C. area, have launched Lost River Vacations, an eco-friendly tiny house retreat in West Virginia, the Duluth News-Tribune reports.

Two and a half hours away from the District of Columbia, the retreat is scheduled to open in June.

The new venture is owned, managed, and supported almost exclusively by the deaf community.

The three partners, Jane Jonas, Shawn Harrington and Andrew St. Cyr, met as students at Gallaudet University.

The tiny house itself was built by deaf carpenters, and a deaf-owned company, Catalyst+, will design hiking trails on the property. The walls of the tiny house will be decorated with artwork by deaf artists.

“Deaf people and deaf businesses have been marginalized for a long time,” Harrington said last weekend at the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to expand the retreat.

The resort will open with one tiny house that sleeps four, but the trio hopes to raise enough capital to build ten more, including a tree house and a yurt, in the future.

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