In honor of Women's History Month, we’re giving a shoutout to some female-run establishments making history around town. Support these strong women and make some time to pay them a visit!
Take home something new from a boutique or online store run by some total boss babes.
Update your accessories with on-trend jewelry that also works to fight human trafficking from Tenfold Collective, handcrafted indie pieces from January Jewelry, or purses in patterns that pop from Nana by Sally.
Your chic new outfit is waiting for you at LaRoque or Just the Thing on Devine Street, at M Boutique in Cross Hill Market or from Blush Boutique in Lexington. For a new perfectly styled and thrifted 'fit swing by Styled by Nadia in the Vista - bonus: this boutique is a non-profit that uses proceeds to provide scholarships to disadvantaged students.
Hospitality Hot Spots
The chicas in charge of some of our destination’s experiences are for sure the hostesses with the most. Roam through the galleries at Columbia Museum of Art, take a historic house tour with Historic Columbia or enjoy a family-style meal or festival with F2T Productions.
After a full day of exploring, lay your head in the lap of luxury at Hotel Trundle.
Grab a bite at one of these eateries around town where a talented chef or savvy businesswoman (or a combination of both!) is running the show. Satisfy your soul food cravings at the recently renovated and reopened A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen in North Main, or hop over to Harbison or the Northeast for a menu that ranges from sweet to savory (or both at the same time!) at Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles.
Spotted Salamander, The Gourmet Shop and DiPrato’s Delicatessen are your one-stop soup, salad and sandwich shops, each doing it up differently and each downright delicious.
Plan the ultimate GNO or brunch with the girls at Palate in West Columbia or a date night at Il Giorgione on Devine Street.
Caffeine and Confections
Enjoy some coffee or tasty baked treats prepared by culinary queens. Botanicals are the name of the game at Blum Coffee on Devine Street, celebrate 72 Company’s brand-new brick-and-mortar Azalea Coffee Bar, or head to Five Points for some coffee and breakfast at The Local Buzz.
Indulge your sweet tooth with macarons and more from Ally & Eloise or Silver Spoon Bake Shop.
Let the freshly-baked bread, croissants and pastries at smallSUGAR change your life.
From beautiful, seasonally decorated sugar cookies to homemade quiche, Blue Flour is the perfect stop for a hearty breakfast for afternoon pick-me-up.
And go absolutely cake crazy at Main Street Bakery, owned by a mother-daughter team that is just as sweet as their mile-high cakes.
Women in Wellness
You’ll be feeling your best in no time thanks to these lovely ladies. Take a class at Barre3 at Lake Murray or on Devine Street, then treat yourself to a mani/pedi at The Nail Barre.
Find your center at The Well Collective on Rosewood, where you can also shop for holistic items or visit The Well Cafe for a latte or smoothie.
Stock up on plant-based salads, soups, desserts and more from Tasty As Fit on Millwood Avenue.
Whether you like your yoga with a side of goats, kittens or nothing but your own thoughts, Fit Columbia in Five Points has you covered.
Keep the party going
As you can see above, women are leading the way in Columbia SC's growing restaurant and beverage industry. Gather with some of these titans at the Columbia Food and Wine Festival satellite event, Ladies who Lunch.
Now, because Columbia is so awesome and we have SO MANY amazing women who are killing it every day, we simply cannot include each and every one of them in this list. But just know that across all industries, we see you, we appreciate you, and we’re proud that Columbia SC is a place where any woman can flourish.