One of my goals as a woman small business owner has always been to support other local woman owned businesses and I'm thrilled to share some of my faves with you. Happy Small Business Saturday and thank-you for shopping local!
Do you have a favorite? Let me know and we'll give them a follow on social media!
*denotes mom owned
^denotes BIPOC owned
Treats & Noms
Happy Tart, Owner-Emma Cech. This is a must if you are gluten free for dietary reasons AND a must if you aren't. Emma's creations are tasty and beautiful. I love sitting in the shop with a good book and a Café Ole. My fave menu item? The Calvados Crepes. On a personal note, Emma hires really well. A lot of her employees are actors (and they are funny!) in the local arts community which warms my heart as a fellow performer.
It's Cake O Clock, Owner- Zoya Faraz*^. If you have been to a Stroller Strides class in the Fairfax area, it's possible you have tasted some of Zoya's delicious treats. She even baked cookies for our annual Mother's Day Celebration a couple of years back. Our fave? The take home cookie kits for kids to decorate!
Doughnuttery, Owners- Leyla Khater and Katherine Ronckovitz*^. Here's an idea...let's take the beloved donut and turn it into a mini version and sell it out of a kiosk in the mall. 100 percent genius. They have 25 flavors, sprinkles, and dipping sauces. My family of five approves. Bonus? These boss moms also own Tropical Smoothie Café in Alexandria!
Lake Anne Brewhouse, Owners- Melissa and Jason Romano*. He makes the beer, she makes it look good and runs the business operations. We love the cozy vibe of the brewhouse and the beer is two thumbs up! It's a good place to take the littles because it sits right on beautiful Lake Anne!
Innerloop Coffee, Owners- Megan & Gregory*. This is a new one for me! Their coffee holiday gift box is the cutest gift idea for the teachers or first responders in your life. (We are gifting to our fave postal worker!) I really enjoy the Costa Rica blend!
Stylish Patina, Owner- Kelly Millspaugh*. I am lucky enough to call Kelly a friend and have loved collaborating with her on projects and events over the years. When we went to tour our historic home with our agent, Kelly and her family were actually walking out as we were walking in! Thankfully, she didn't place an offer, but she's loved helping me furnish and design it every step of the way! I can't tell you one fave thing I have in her shop because I love everything! Bonus? Kelly also sells real estate!
Nova Wreaths, Owner- Lauren Cleary*. When I started favoriting wreaths on ETSY and realized Lauren was local, I asked if I could do a pick-up to save on shipping. We then realized we lived really close to each other and that we were both moms. Then, in an even weirder twist, Lauren offered to drop the wreaths off at my house on her way to swim lessons. Her swim lessons? At the same time and place as me. We will now coordinate pickups at swim classes :)
Falls Church Candle Company, Owner- Chase*- I love reusing and recycling. I will wash every tub, jar, and soap bottle to either reuse or recycle. My spices are kept in old spaghetti sauce jars! I also LOVE candles (much to my husband's chagrin). So when I found someone who combined those two things I was like SIGN ME UP! I'm all about the evergreen candle right now.
The Nola Planner, Owner- Jessica Ledwidth*. Jess is a mom in our village! When she announced she was turning her passion project into a full fledged business we jumped for joy! The Nola Planner is a planner FOR moms. Meal plan pages (YES), travel sections, appointment setting, and shopping lists. What more could a busy mama ask for!
Bambi Granger Studio, Owner- Bambi Granger*. Bambi keeps popping up in my social feeds and our instructor Madeline let me know that she must be included on our shop local list! I absolutely love her hand sized framed art pieces. Perfect stocking stuffer or gift for mom!
Babies and Kids
Lemonlane Consignment, Owner- Erin Messner* Probably fifty percent of my girl's wardrobes come from Lemonlane. When Erin first opened her shop in a now torn down storefront on Broad St, I crossed my fingers she would stay open and succeed because I really wanted to be able to shop for kid's clothes close to home. As an avid consigner and lover of reusing all things, Lemon Lane allows me to instill that love in my girls as well.
NuNu's Arts & Crafts, Owner- Mona Moumen*^ Mona is a longtime client and mom of three kids! She turned her love of crafting into the most adorable craft boxes for kids. We absolutely LOVE the handmade dolls that come in the boxes!
Toy Nest, Owner- Lisa Bourven* Gone are the days of the kids screaming "Mom I'm bored!" and the endless piles of toys cluttering the living room. Toy Nest is like Rent the Runway but for toys!!! Eco friendly at it's best. Lisa also offers fun playdates in the shop.
Tea With Mrs. B, Owner- Rebecca Czarniecki* Camps and Manners. Something all kids loves and all kids need. :) Rebecca's fun and whimsical style is what I love best about her.
Twingo Carrier, Owner- Krystal Workman* Krystal created the idea of her baby carrier after realizing how important skin to skin was in the NICU with her twins. I have not used the carrier, but every twin mom I know swears by it! It can also be adapted to use for two children of different sizes/ages, and for single use.
Expressive Speech & Feeding, Owner- Janine Segner* Mama of two boys and member of our village, Janine has over a decade of experience helping children through speech and feeding therapy. Got a picky eater? Janine is your girl! Bonus? She's offering FIT4MOM clients a special discount! Just tell her we sent you.
Joylife Spa, Owner- Roshelle Veney^ I recently met Roshelle though our local Chamber of Commerce. Her brand new spa located in Falls Church has a super zen feel and her bubbly personality is exactly what I look for in a massage provider. I have added her services to my own wish list for the holidays!
Kess Salon, Owner- Rovina Nugara*^ I could write 12 blog posts about how much I love Kess Salon. Everytime I walk in I feel like family! Rovina is the primary owner, but she runs the salon with her brother and sister, who all immigrated to the US from Sri Lanka. I absolutely love their attention to detail and how fun they are. One time when I was in for a color, I had to pick my kids up and Royston wrapped my head, put a plastic bag over my torso so I wouldn't drip, and told me to go get my kids and come back. Now my kids think they can always go when I get my hair done!
Comfort First Dental, Owner- Miata Jones*^ I hate the dentist but I LOVE Dr. Jones. I originally scheduled with her because I was told she offered Nitrous, which I have often needed due to extreme dentist anxiety. Thankfully, I haven't needed it once. Dr. Jones is warm and gentle and doesn't make me feel bad when I forget to floss (which is a lot). I have her to thank for my beautiful smile because she did my invisalign a couple of years ago. Bonus? She offers same day appointments and online booking!
Elodie's Naturals, Owner- Elodie* I have not actually used Elodie's products, but enough of you have recommended them to me that I am including her in our shop local guide. I can't wait to gift and receive them for Christmas! Carmel Lip Balm?! Sign me up for 12!
Greenlist by 3girlstech, Owner- Jess Owens* Greenlist hasn't officially launched yet, but when they do, I think the fashion retail industry will be changed for the better. The concept will allow you to buy returns at a discount before they become a return. It's green fashion at it's finest.
Scout and Molly's, Owner-Teresa Snedeker* Hands down one my fave dresses ever came from Lisa's store in Mosaic District. I love that they don't keep a huge inventory so it truly has a boutique feel. Lisa and her staff will let you stay and try on as much as you like and give honest feedback on everything you do. I mean, what shop owner tells you when something doesn't look? I LOVE that! Scout and Molly's is actually franchised and the owner is a woman too!