• Madeline Payne

36 Women-Owned Businesses That You Can Support Today

Updated: Apr 19, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we’re celebrating the women-owned businesses in our community. These women entrepreneurs have transformed their lives and communities through powerful small businesses, and we’re so happy to have them in the Honeycomb family.


Here are 36 women-owned businesses that are creating meaningful products to add to your shopping list!



California:


1. Compostable LA

Compostable LA is a subscription-based composting service in Los Angeles that gives motivated folks a vehicle for environmental change in a meaningful way. Members leave a full bin of food scraps outside their home and Compostable LA coordinates donating those scraps to local farms, gardens, and community composters all over the city, where they are turned into healthy soil and available to LA communities. Co-owner and founder Monique Figueiredo works to keep environmental justice close to her heart through all she does at Compostable LA.



Monique, owner of Compostable LA, poses in the back of the Prius with which she transports compost pick-ups across LA


Michigan:


2. Studio IPlay Inc

As the only Black-owned indoor playground in the Detroit metropolitan area, Studio IPlay offers art classes for kids, birthday parties, and more. Studio IPlay provides a small intimate environment that caters to children under 10 years old with art and engaging play. As the mother of a young daughter, owner Kandis Hall is putting her business background to work to fulfill a much-needed service for working parents.


3. The Upperow


Based in Detroit, The Upperow Luxury Fashion House offers upscale, versatile, and exclusive clothing for men, women, and children—everyone in your family. The Upperow’s corporate and preppy designs bring an innovative and modern approach to fashion. With a diverse portfolio including physical therapy and overseeing multiple businesses, Dr. LaToya Thompson brings a unique perspective and powerful work ethic to The Upperow while building the brand with her husband.



A shelf of trendy sweaters from the Upperow in Detroit


Ohio:


4. Western Reserve Distillers


Located in Lakewood, Ohio, Western Reserve Distillers is a successful family-owned organic craft distillery that produces a world-class range of 21 organic spirits. Western Reserve has received numerous international distinctions at the World Spirits Competition and is looking to continue its expansion across 11 states! Co-owner Ann brings her diverse background to Western Reserve, helping this distiller to be extremely successful!


5. Pierogi Pantry


Pierogi Pantry is a small craft food company serving up delicious scratch-made comfort food at farmers' markets, local events, and wholesale to local restaurants. These made-from-scratch pierogies provide a sense of home to the Cleveland area. Owners Nikki and Jay Odongray are about to open their second business, Cleveland Bakery Collective, where they’ll be featuring dozens of other food businesses and offering commissary kitchen spaces!


6. Squash the Beef


Serving the Northeast Ohio area, Squash the Beef is a vegan food company that caters to events, provides concessions for fairs and festivals, and hosts popup events. Squash the Beef also sells their specialty vegan meals and beverages at local cafe shops in Cleveland, including UnBar Cafe! Co-owner Candace Maiden says that one of her favorite things about being a small business owner is the connections you can make with other women-owned businesses in the area, creating mutually-beneficial relationships for everyone.


7. UnBar Cafe


Located in Larchmere, UnBar Cafe provides an alcohol-free atmosphere for socializing via the “well-being” cafeé model. Serving up non-alcoholic beverages, coffee, smoothie, and other local goodies, everything at UnBar Cafe is dedicated to enriching the lives of the patrons. Owner Melissa Hirsch is skillfully using her 30 years of experience in corporate America to create a safe and enriching space for the community to gather.



8. MinusG

With a product line consisting of seven gluten-free baking mixes, MinusG manufactures gluten-free and allergen-friendly products with uncompromised quality. MinusG’s innovative baking mixes give customers with gluten-intolerance, food allergies, or vegan diets the opportunity to enjoy delicious baked goods. Baking since the age of 10, MinusG’s founder Katherine Krage has turned her passions into reality. Inspired by her personal experience with celiac disease, Katherine was determined to make gluten-free food taste good and has succeeded in MinusG!


9. 2nd Semester Consignment Shop



As the first and only consignment store in the country that caters to educators, 2nd Semester Consignment Shop provides a convenient, safe, and economical option for teachers to buy and sell school supplies. 2nd Semester creates long-lasting experiences for children while allowing teachers to make a little extra cash. A teacher with 20+ years of experience, owner Monica Grays discovered a gap in the market for an education consignment shop.



10. Bakery on the Square


Based out of Andover, Ohio next to Pymatuning Lake, Bakery On The Square is a family owned and operated artisan bread and pastry bakery. With specialty bread, pastries, and a coffee bar, Bakery On The Square has become a local community favorite in the town’s main street. Along with her family, co-owner Vicky Allin works tirelessly to ensure that Bakery On The Square is a welcoming place for her community to gather!