Meet Your New Sheroes: Women-Owned Businesses in Columbia SC
Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:00 AM by Dayna Cantelmi
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re giving a shoutout to some female-run establishments 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.
And who could forget all the M properties? Savor the Asian flavors at Miyo’s, M Vista, M Kitchen or the soon-to-be reopened M Grille.
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 or head to Five Points for some coffee and breakfast at The Local Buzz.
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.
Stock up on plant-based salads, soups, desserts and more from Tasty As Fit on Millwood Avenue.
Keep the party going
Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 with a cold beer, yoga and biscuits. Good Co. Yoga and Rambo's Fat Cat join forces at Craft and Draft on Devine for a collaboration you won't want to miss.
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, held at The Pastor's Study at Lula Drake.
Why stop in March? On the first Monday of each month until at least June Drip Coffee in Five Points is hosting female-owned mobile food vendors like Mary’s Arepas, A Peace of Soul, Kiss My Grits Cafe, Charming Cupcakes, Lucuma Gourmet and From Scratch for its ongoing Season of Women event.
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.