About Shady Lady
Welcome to Wild Women
Founded in 2000 by Donna Hertel, Wild Women is a privately-owned business in Gainesville, Texas where each business is named after a special woman. She began with a bed and breakfast in her 1882 historic home, Miss Olivia’s, named after her daughter. She not only welcomed guests but also started a catering business for events at her home or at a venue of the host’s choice.
Next came Sarah’s on the Square and the Shady Lady. This project was a labor of love with the help of local contractor Mark Foster. Together they transformed an 1860 downtown building into a special restaurant and B&B, opening in 2007. Sarah’s is named for the original madam of the brothel. And in 2008 she purchased Amelia’s Attic, named for her grandmother. Located next door to Sarah’s, Amelia’s is filled with past and present treasures. Donna continues her catering business today but only accepts B&B guests at Miss Olivia’s on special request.
Come enjoy Gainesville and all the wonderful events and experiences created by some Wild Women.