Despite the political shutdown, the women of Detroit are an economic powerhouse. We've been resilient in our quest for all women in the city. Our community is a mighty one, and we wanted to highlight a few of many that are changing, starting, and gaining, as well as veterans that have held down the fort for a while and need fresh reintroductions. Here are the Top 10 Detroit-based, female owned businesses YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Drifter Coffee - Owner Alleah Webb launched this nomadic coffee caboose in 2015, which drifts around Midtown, Corktown and Downtown serving Michigan-made products from Eli Tea and Hyperion Coffee. A recent announcement of an actual brick and mortar is in the works as well, located at 780 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI.
Bar Botanica - A new plant-based cocktail bar and social space is coming to a location in the Jefferson-Chalmers hood sometime this spring from owner Natasha Fernandez-Silber. Keeping the LGBTQ community in mind, this safe-space speakeasy is going to pay homage to her and her wife’s Puerto Rican heritage and stay true to her roots.
Femology Detroit - Shortly after quitting her job, by the end of last year, Meagan Ward’s Femology had 40 members. This spring, the concept is moving downtown to a new space that will house more than double that, encouraging women in this co-working space to take tactful leaps in their careers to achieve their business goals and dreams.
Well Done Goods - Bethany Shorb, originally known for her brand name Cyberoptix Ties, has embarked on a more full-fledged endeavor near Eastern Market. Here, Shorb creates unique goods such as screen-printed pillows, socks, and cowhide rugs (like for real) at $300 a piece--an absolute steal, with purpose.
Hacienda Mexican Foods - Lydia began Hacienda Mexican Foods in 1994 with her late husband, Richard. Growing the company from 8 employees to now over 50, products once only sold in the Detroit area are now available in more than fifteen states and parts of Canada. To this day, Hacienda continues to grow right here in the heart of Mexicantown in Detroit.
Eldorado General Store - After owner Erin Gavle left her L.A. advertising job, she purchased a van name Betsy and headed to Detroit, collecting eclectic fashion pieces along the way. From furs to crystals, you can shift through an array of unique goods at her shop on Michigan Avenue, complete with her new storefront facade.
Detroit Blows - Started by two Detroit natives Nia Batts and Katy Cockrel, the salon is the city’s first non-toxic blow-dry bar, and aims to give back to the community. Different than its competitors, Detroit Blows charges by length instead of texture, an option that was healthy and fair to different hair types. They also offer express mani/pedi services, along with makeup and waxing and have electic local goods in store to promote local businesses.
Detroit Barre - Detroit’s first independent barre studio from owner Laura Davis has pioneered women’s health and exercise Downtown. Starting in July of 2014, she began the studio on the side, (now having 7 instructors including herself) saying Detroit Barre couldn’t be what it is today without the help and support of her team and members.
Lady of The House - Spearheaded by Chef Kate Williams, this Modern American restaurant and bar with the touch of Irish hospitality has created a huge impact in a few short months for Detroit’s restaurant scene both locally and nationally. It’s no surprise that she was just selected as Chef of The Year 2017 from Eater Magazine (national).
For the Love of Sugar - Opening for business in mid-December of last year, owner Manal Hussein began her journey in Brush Park as a custom-order baker, ranging in baked goods from French macaron cookies to customer cakes and coffee at the shop. Check it out if you want to try your very own Swedish Fish flavored macaroon.
Citizen Yoga - Kacee Must (owner/founder) launched CY Royal Oak in 2013, and opened Citizen Yoga Detroit shortly after in January of 2015. Having studied Vedanta philosophy for two and a half years at the Vedanta Academy in India, Kacee is trusted to deliver an experience both on and off the mat that leaves you feeling nurtured and empowered.
Brooklyn Outdoor - Last but not least! I founded Brooklyn Outdoor in 2013. We're an outdoor advertising company with signage and displays, including billboards, buildings, wallscapes, digital billboards, branded buses and taxis, bus shelters, digital interactive, street furniture, posters, mobile billboards and storescapes/in- window displays. We turned five this year have emerged as a regional and national force! Glad to be a women-owned business in Detroit!!
Candice Simons, j'adore Detroit