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Who run the world? Girls.
I’ve gotten to mix and mingle with a lot of female, small-business owners in the eight years that I’ve been blogging. Technically, I’m a small business owner myself, so I know how it feels when someone supports you and your brand. Every single sale, social media share, or recommendation to a friend means the world! After all, when you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream.
If you’re looking to shop small this holiday season (and beyond!), here are a few of my favorite top women owned small businesses that carry some incredible gifts.
Top Women Owned Small Businesses
ONE // Salt & Sundry
Salt & Sundry has been one of my favorite shops in D.C. for years. They carry a carefully curated selection of home and lifestyle goods, and they feature items from more than 120 independent brands. They have two locations in the District, but you can also shop their selection online if you’re not local. If you’re an aspiring plant mom/dad, I’d highly recommend checking out their little sister shop, Little Leaf.
Two // Taudrey Jewelry
Taudrey is a fantastic brand: they’re an all female-led jewelry company that can produce personalized jewelry pieces in only 7-10 business days. Most of the items they sell are also under $100. I had the wonderful opportunity to help design a necklace with them last year, and their social media plate necklace is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry in my closet right now.
Three // Joanna Baker
Joanna Baker is an incredibly talented illustrator based in NYC. I had the opportunity to co-host an event with her in Northern Virginia a couple of years ago, and she was as sweet as can be! Prior to meeting her, I purchased a couple of her prints for my old Arlington apartment, and I loved how fashion-forward, chic, and budget-friendly they were.
Image via Darling Boutique
Four // Darling Boutique
Out of all of the small business owners listed in this article, I think this shop is the nearest and dearest to my heart. I met Linnea, owner of Darling Boutique, a little over a year ago, and she’s one of the hardest working women I know. I’m in awe that she’s my age and owns her own brick and mortar shop. With a staff. What a boss!
Her shop offers a mix of carefully curated consigned pieces, along with handmade items from local artisans. If you’re in Charlottesville, I’d recommend stopping by. They can also ship items as well if you’re not local — give them a follow on social media, and send them a DM or an email if something catches your eye!
Image via Goodnight Darling Co.
Five // Goodnight Darling Co.
Goodnight Darling is a luxury line designed to promote healthy sleep habits, provide sleep-inducing merchandise, and share knowledge for self-care development. I think that their starter set would be the perfect gift — it includes their deep detox bath soak, fade to black herbal tea, black lavender wooden candle, and black lavender body and room spray.
Image via Salone Monet
Six // Salone Monet
As a woman of color, it’s been hard to find “nude” items that match my skin tone. I was in awe when brands like Aerie and Thirdlove expanded their “nude” range to be more inclusive a few years ago, and now I’m on a mission to find new brands that can accommodate people of color.
I was virtually introduced to Salone a few months ago, and I admire the work she’s doing: she has created a shoe line with multiple shades of “nude” that can accommodate nearly every woman of color. I’ve honestly never owned a “nude” shoe that actually matched my skin tone, and this is major: a shoe that’s the right shade of “nude” can elongate your legs and make your outfit pop.
What are some top women owned small businesses you like to support?