As we all know, March has been declared Women’s History Month so we are celebrating all month long! Women are and have always been revolutionary, when we put our mind to something we show up and show out! Together we are an even greater force, even in this pandemic, there has been a pivot incurrent female businesses and a rise in female founders across the world. Over the past 40 years, the number of women entrepreneurs has grown 400% (BDC,2020). In today’s blog we will be highlighting 21 Woman Owned Businesses you should and will love to support because they are amazing. In no particular order here they are:
This online shop currently focuses on home and retail products such as hand-poured vegan candles (home department) to handmade earrings, and t-shirts (retail department). They believe that luxury products should be created purposefully and thoughtfully without compromising their quality, beauty, and practicality. They also believe that luxury products should be custom-products (unique, limited, and personalized). Purposely Custom does this by intentionally limiting the production quantity for most of our products. They also sell many one-of-a-kind items! It was founded during the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently based in Ottawa and ships worldwide.
Sema Handmade is a beautiful Etsy shop that sells small batch statement earrings that are very lightweight, unique and handmade with love.These earrings add a little spark and can completely transform your look. Syntiche, the owner has a love for DIY which challenged her to make polymer clay earrings.She did the research, bought some clay and made her first pair and its been up from there.
Sweet Solace Scripts is an online shop specializing in designing inspirational mugs and typography wall art inspired by scriptures.Sweet Solace was intended to connect with whoever may have lost sight of themselves and are in the process of finding comfort and wholeness. For those hoping to find solace in God and reconnect with the amazing person God made them to be. Whether you do this by blogging, reading, writing, editing, producing...The items are designed to complement your moment by providing you with a product that will always remind you to pause and seek comfort in God andHis word. The owner was inspired by her own moments of solace and wanted to share these inspirational items and designs with us. She hopes that whoever receives it will be encouraged to find and enjoy solace in God.
Kinsfolk Shop based in Guelph, Ontario and functions online only for the time being. They carry a range of products that include fair-trade as well as Canadian-made and carefully selected makers and manufacturers from various regions around the world that align with what they’re all about.Products are added regularly and collections are updated as they find things that are useful and inspiring. With a goal to also introduce fellow Canadians to a more simple and intentional approach to living everyday life. Their aim is to help you find useful, practical pieces for your home.
The Gift Refinery is a Canadian Subscription box and lifestyle brand, founded from a place of genuine passion for helping others discover quality, Canadian products. TGR is dedicated to living in pursuit of the next great Canadian brand. What began as an idea to offer a modern take on gift boxes + baskets quickly transformed (after a few glasses of wine!) into a dream to create The Gift Refinery: an elevated subscription box and conscious lifestyle brand offering Canadian babes access to products that align with their values, and an opportunity to give back to the Canadian charities. Each season, they bring you 6-8 full-size lifestyle products ranging from beauty, jewelry, wellness, pantry items, housewares, and beyond.
Victorious Caps is a faith based streetwear brand based inOttawa, Ontario. Their brand stands for something greater than just style and streetwear. Their goal is for you to be blessed and receive a revelation of the God's love and goodness through each product. They specialize in providing high quality hats for both men and women, and have recently started offering apparel with unique designs inspired by their faith. Victorious Caps are meant to symbolize and tell a story of your faith and your victory over any tough challenges you didn't think you could overcome.
This is a one-woman show small business based in Ottawa,Ontario. Their mission is to provide cool, casual clothing for women of all sizes, men and kids at an affordable price, without sacrificing quality or comfort. Meghan, the owner, takes great pride in the work she does, carefully designing, printing & pressing and packaging each order with her own two hands.She also operates and own a small shop in the market at 31 York Street in downtown Ottawa. They are also loud in supporting and loving on supporting women-led, local and Canadian businesses and make every effort to carry a wide range of high-quality goods from apparel, candles, drink ware, accessories, jewelry, hair accessories, paper products & more.
Seventh & Oak is an online shop that creates clean burning candles that serve a purpose, look great as decor pieces and do not negatively impact the environment or your breathing. All their products are packaged sustainably and ship from the studio in Toronto, Ontario. At Seventh and Oak, their mission is to help reduce the negative impact on the environment by providing sustainable home goods alternatives that are safer for you and better for the earth. Crafted by hand, rooted in sustainability and inspired by self-care. Their hope is that their candles bring a little more warmth and coziness to your space.
MWLBK makes custom crochet and knitting wears like blankets, scarves, hats to keep you cozy throughout the year. Their knitting/crochet brand is mainly custom based, and tailored to fit your uniqueness, from colour preferences to stitch patterns.They’re perfect gifts for your little ones, that friend who is expecting, and for you! They make a variety of handcrafted and finger knit products including super soft blankets for babies and adults, ribbed hats, and scarves.
Moissy Fine Jewelry is a jewelry store that showcases Moissanite in all its infinite beauty. Offering first-rate products, new trending styles and exceptional customer service to shoppers from around the world. Their business is made up of entrepreneurs, innovators and creative designers, creating stunning pieces of jewelry to create your life long memories.Their mission is to bring to consumers a non-conflict, environmentally conscious, ethical choice of brilliant gemstone, at an affordable cost.
11. With Love Décor
With Love Décor, believes in celebrating all of life’s events and helping you get there with minimal headaches Their business empowers women through building a strong community of women supporting women, empowering boss babes or selling merchandise that celebrates all women in all walks of life. They value reasonable priced quality goods, supporting local and working hard while doing it all with love.
12. Wreath Flippers
This business is run by two sisters, Sepideh and Setareh who love decor and flipping wreaths. They make custom wreaths for any and every occasion. They are currently based in Ottawa and have an Etsy shop where you can purchase any wreath of your choice.
13. Treats by Bex
Treats by Bex is an Ottawa business offering sweet and savoury grazing boxes and platters. Whether you want to treat yourself, a loved one ora larger group on any occasion, they’ve got you covered. Every box is assembled with love and treated as a work of art. They work with any food preferences or dietary requirements, including gluten/lactose-free, vegan, etc. The founder is a very passionate lover of food styling and hosting and will love to bring you all of your parties in a box.With a variety of sweet and savoury options, our boxes will satisfy every palette.
Shop Sassy and Saved is an extension of the Sassy and Saved global community. Its purpose is to encourage women to live intentionally, be walking witnesses, and lead in grace in every space they serve. Their pieces serve to encourage you to relentlessly chase God.
15. Yourz Truly
Yourz Truly is a business dedicated to giving you the very best accessories with a focus on quality and dependability. Yourz Truly was founded with the dream of shaking up the accessories industry. Growing up in a small town, where there was no diversity in brands and the fashion industry was dominated by big retail companies, the founder set out to create a brand with unique, eclectic and colorful accessories that were as diverse as the women in her life! They believe in high quality but most importantly, passionate about affordable, luxury and excellent service.
16. Coco Nyle Skin
Coco Nyle Skin is a skincare brand which was founded on two main principles: the belief that nature encompasses ingredients that have the power to heal, nourish and restore the skin and to educate and promote fun and simple ways to cultivate healthy skin. They believe that skincare can be quick and easy while still having effective results. Ultimately, fostering wellness and confidence by helping those looking for better results for their skin. Their products are created in small batches to ensure consistency and quality. Their mantra, is one they hold dear to their hearts and serves as a reminder to the#coconyleskin community: Imperfect skin is still beautiful!
17. Ottawa Artisans
Ottawa Artisans was created as a solution for hyper-local shopping of handmade artisans goods. The idea behind the platform was to provide a quick and easy solution for crafters to safely and efficiently sell their products and for buyers to be able to browse a large catalogue of products while also completing their purchases on a secure platform! A great alternative to in-person markets as buyers were able to browse products from more than a hundred makers in the comfort of their own home! Ottawa Artisans is home to 400 makers and more than 10 000 products. A brick and mortar store featuring artisans from the platform has recently opened at the St-Laurent Shopping Center.
This event planning business was founded by two friends turned sisters, Stephanie and Syntiche who enjoy creating personalized and unique events for their clients. Their goal is to bring intentionality back into relationships. At the Dive Experience, they are all about community, support and consistency. So whether you are looking to plan an unforgettable date night, or thinking of hosting an event for your family, your friends or your coworkers or even a Covid wedding in these times, they will take care of the planning so you can celebrate and enjoy the moment.
Freewheeling Craft is a market that thoughtfully showcases the very best emerging & established artisans from the local maker community. They pull together engaging event experiences + thematic retail pop-ups featuring the opportunity for consumers to meet the makers & learn the stories behind the goods. Freewheeling Craft is Ottawa's largest curated urban craft market. Driven by the idea that creativity is an expression of our human potential, its founder has dedicated the last 3 years to curating lively markets that foster meaningful connection and grow the local economy. She believes that by growing community we rise up to further everyone's individual growth.
This business was founded two sister entrepreneurs, Resa and Tracey with a passion for business and a love for their community. This is marketplace to showcase Black innovation and creativity and when technology and consumer demand finally merged to meet their passion, they jumped on it opportunity to bring their concept to the Ottawa market! The dream is to showcase for black businesses, goods and services in Canada that were rooted in our cultural heritage and could service the broader community at large.
21. AHEMA Gold
Ahema Gold is a modern African jewelry line which sells accessories inspired by the Gold Coast of Ghana. The name Ahema, comes from the Fante tribe of Ghana, and it means Queen. Their new legacy collection draws from the values and strengths of the motherland! All their pieces are classic and beautiful, with something for everyone to make you feel like royalty.
So that’s all the twenty-one businesses and there are many more! Each uniquely talented and positively impacting the spaces they occupy!
PS. We are currently running a discount to receive 15%off your next order. Use the code: IWD2021 to redeem. Offer expires March 31 2021.
Written by Stephanie of The Sefakor Blog