Demeny Pollitt had a hefty decision to make in 2004: Should she enter a four-year college to earn a degree in psychology or opt for the two-year automotive technology program at Vermont Technical College? The two-year program won.

After earning the degree and doing her due diligence, on June 1, 2009, she opened Girlington Garage on Harbor View Road in South Burlington.

That “due diligence” took her three years, but she says she knew before she finished school that she had made the right choice. “I wanted to open my own shop,” she says, “wanted it to be an all-girl garage. I realized I would travel any distance to take my car to a woman and thought most other women would feel the same.”