Pacific Northwest Women-Owned Businesses to Celebrate
Happy International Women's Day!
To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8th), we wanted to highlight some of our favorite local women-owned small businesses. These businesses are women-led, woman-run (or both!), and are rocking it in their respective industries. We’re huge fans of supporting local businesses and take pride in their success as a women-owned small business ourselves!
Posie Turner is a sock company founded by Leslie Ota, specializing in “modern socks with inspiring mantras”. Based in Seattle, Posie Turner continuously launches new designs and fun patterns for men and women, with a splash of positivity from the fun quotes displayed on the socks.
Plum Bistro is a 100% vegan restaurant located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood that is a favorite among vegans and meat-eaters alike! Founder and chef Makini Howell is passionate about using local ingredients to create unique, cutting-edge dishes that are both delicious and visually stunning. Plum’s popularity has led to Makini opening two other restaurants in the area- Plum Chopped, a salad and snack bar, and Sugar Plum, a specialty dessert cafe featuring one of the most amazing (vegan!) soft serve ice creams.
With locations in Greenwood and Capitol Hill, The Grinning Yogi is a female-founded and run yoga studio focusing on providing a safe and inclusive space for beginner and advanced yogis looking to get in a good workout. During the pandemic, The Grinning Yogi offers affordable online classes as a safe alternative to in-person group classes.
Heading a couple of hours South from Seattle lands us in Portland, Oregon, the headquarters of customizable skincare brand Untamed Humans. Co-founders Olga and Mimi recently launched Untamed Humans, intending to provide an individualized skincare experience for their customers, knowing that each person has unique skin needs and streamlined formulas just weren’t cutting it! They offer a range of products, including cleansers, moisturizers, mists, and more.
Founder and CEO Erika Dalya Massaquoi is a real jack-of-all-trades but has landed
rapid success for her vintage-inspired clothing brand, The Oula Company. OULA dresses and tops are designed and produced with sustainability in mind and come in various stunning patterns perfect for transitioning year-round. Designed with comfort in mind, OULA has you covered whether you’re stuck in Zoom meetings all day or running around town.
Last but certainly not least, Frankie & Jo’s is a Seattle-based ice cream shop with three locations across the city. After launching successful restaurants such as Hot Cakes and Juicebox Cafe, co-founders Autumn Martin and Kari Brunson took to their next venture, a plant-based ice cream shop with a desert, California vibe, perfectly juxtaposing rainy Seattle. They have developed a cult following, primarily due to their one-of-a-kind rotating flavors and playful atmosphere.