Whether you’re looking for a good book, a fantastic workout, or a way to reduce waste, make an impact when you shop at one of our favorite local spots
When it comes to innovative ideas, practical products and community-minded missions, you can count on these Seattle-area, women-owned businesses to get the job done. And as far as we’re concerned, there’s no better time to support these enterprising local go-getters than during Women’s History Month. Whether you’re looking for a good book, a fantastic workout or a way to reduce waste, you can make an impact when you shop at one of our favorite spots.
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Brick & Mortar Shops We Love
Noir Luxe Candle Co.
Belltown is where you'll find this hot new shop that opened in mid-February. Owner and mom to two kiddos, Colina Bruce started making candles as gifts and party favors for friends. In a short time, she turned her kitchen side hustle into a successful online business, and is excited to bring her soy-based, wood wick candles to her new candle bar. Bruce's candle scents are rooted in nostalgia, self care and good vibes, carefully blended in small batches.
While the new candle bar is a great spot for gal pal get togethers, it's also a new take on a family activity. Pouring sessions are held three to five times daily during business hours, and you're welcome to try you luck as a walk-in or make a reservation online to guarantee your spot. After you arrive, it's time to pick your vessel and your fragrances. There are over 50 scents to choose from. Bruce recommends blending up to three in a single candle. The whole process takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. If you've got an event coming up in the future (think: birthday bash or baby shower), the space is available to rent, with or without a pouring session.
Insider tip: Future store pop-ups featuring local BIPOC-owned small businesses are on the horizon.
3020 Warren Pl.
Mimi's Zero Waste Market
Saving the planet just got a little easier, thanks to Mimi's Zero Waste Market, Seattle's newest bulk and plastic-free shopping experience. The store opened in October 2021 by Seattle mom Heather and her daughter Berenice, and it's made its mark in just five short months. Heather estimates they've saved 740 potential single use containers from going into the waterways and trash. Not bad for a shop that started as a hobby during the pandemic. The store is stocked with sustainable household products and all kinds of organic bulk pantry staples you need to cook, bake and create in the kitchen. To shop here, all you need to bring are clean containers (think: mason jars, steel canisters, even reusable takeout containers) and your shopping list. Don't have any? Not to worry, you can purchase what you need at the store.
Pro tip: If you're not sure where to start, but you know you're ready to dive in to the zero waste waters, Heather suggests starting simple and small. For example, eliminating plastic containers full of products that are mostly water (like liquid laundry detergent) is a good place to start. Consider replacing your usual with a powder or concentrated form instead.
7749 15th Ave. N.W., Unit B
Three Trees Books
If a new book is what you need, head to this woman-owned Burien bookstore that just celebrated its third year in business. It's an old-school book shop that's all about community, from the free lending library you'll find on-site to the secret books they hide in Free Little Libraries around the city (psst..they're usually wrapped in brown paper packaging with colorful bakers twine). You'll find a diverse selection of kid's books here alongside playful gifts. And the staff is always ready to help with suggestions when you need them.
2118 S.W. 152nd St.
Marination Ma Kai
Marination Ma Kai has long been one of our favorite spots to dine outdoors in Seattle. What started as a food truck has grown into a brick and mortar with three Seattle locations. If you haven't been, it's time to check out this woman-owned, laidback restaurant perched on West Seattle’s shore that boasts unparalleled views of the city skyline. The menu plays with Korean Hawaiian Asian fusion food. Tacos are a popular choice, though the fish and chips (only available at this location) are another reliable favorite. Kids may enjoy the salty Spam musubi, the perfect precursor to the syrupy Hawaiian shave ice for dessert (psst..they make it boozy too). Board the water taxi from downtown for a door-to-door adventure.
Insider tip: Count on the line being out the door on summer weekends. Visit mid-week or when the weather isn't so inviting for faster service with the same amazing views.
1660 Harbor Ave. S.W.
Macadons owner Donna Chen spent a year perfecting her macarons, but it wasn't until she leaned in and embraced her heritage that she was able to break through. She found that by adding unique, Asian-inspired flavors like taro, durian, lychee and green tea to her delicate macarons, she created something different. Now you'll find all kinds of inventive flavors. many with intriguing printed pictures on them, at the flagship store in White Center. They come in all shapes and sizes; some are even filled with ice cream. Speaking of ice cream, Macadon's is hard to beat. It makes a great base for dunking delicate cookies, or so we're told.
9828 16th Ave. S.W.
Belly up to the barre for fitness, friendship and fun. The Barre, a Mill Creek-based fitness studio and lounge, promotes overall wellbeing by encouraging community and emphasizing physical and mental health. This boutique studio specializes in barre and cycle classes, but also offers yoga and TRX taught by instructors with extensive experience. Each instructor puts their own spin on the class, so you’re guaranteed a great workout every time. What sets The Barre apart from other fitness facilities? Its lounge. The Barre hosts happy hours, coffee dates, small business shopping events and more. Their lounge and peaceful outdoor patio space are also available to rent for your next event.
16709 9th Ave. S.E., Ste. B
Mill Creek, WA
Spruce Apothecary is a skincare studio that focuses on clean and effective beauty products, holistic wellness and sustainable lifestyle goods. Book a service including facials, waxing, sugaring and more or check out their many product lines. Located in West Seattle, this studio supports small businesses who prioritize protecting the environment and creating sustainable goods. Spruce Apothecary sources non-toxic products created from ingredients that are healthy for our bodies and our planet. Spruce Apothecary prioritizes women-owned, BIPOC-owned and queer-owned product lines.
4156 California Ave. S.W.
From a blog to a nationally recognized brand, Jenny Cookies has grown from a small operation to serving up deliciousness at two brick-and-mortar locations in Lake Stevens and Alderwood Mall. Jenny Cookies specializes in creative and delicious desserts for any occasion. From crispy cubes to classic cookies, cupcakes to frosted sugar cookies, Jenny Cookies has something for every sweet too. Themes and flavors change periodically, so visit often. Don’t forget to pick up some of their must-have merch. As far as we're concerned, everyone needs to sport an “Eat Cookies, Be Happy” sweatshirt. Jenny Cookies also offers pre-orders for pick up and ships some products across the country.
3000 184th St. S.W.
Lake Stevens Bakeshop
12420 20th St. N.E.
Lake Stevens, WA
Former track and field athlete and American Ninja Warrior contestant, LaTaunya Witherspoon, opened SpoonFed Training to provide a friendly, non-intimidating environment for health seekers to achieve their goals. Trainers at this Renton-based gym work with people to help them reach their goals, providing support and accountability along the way. SpoonFed Training offers a variety of class formats, including cardio boxing, speed and agility training and live virtual classes. With over 14 years of experience in fitness and sports, Witherspoon has a natural passion for supporting and encouraging others on their health and wellness journey.
2000 Benson Rd. S., #183
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For parents with Littles, Sproutable has long been a reliable resource that's helped get them through the most challenging stages (we're looking at you, threenagers) with a level head and practical skills. And as of last month, they're offering the same positive parenting approach to parents with middle and high school aged kids. In February, Sproutable merged with the adolescent parenting company, Joyful Courage. Now these three founding women are bringing their expertise and tips to Seattle parents through online courses, videos, podcasts and more so you can be the best parent for your kiddo, no matter what their age or stage.
If you're looking to game on with your kids, there's no better spot to find a fresh, new game than Bellevue-based SimplyFun. Guided by President and CEO, Patty Pearcy, the company publishes award-winning educational games for kids ages 3 and up. To find a just-right game for your kiddos, start with one of the four learning categories: Life and Thinking Skills, Reading and Language Arts, Social Sciences and Studies or Math and STEM. Then it's as easy as finding a game that piques your interest. The company's latest game, SavannaScapes explores the biodiversity of the Serengeti-Mara in a wildly entertaining way.
Ember Community Kits
Born in 2020 in the middle of the COVID pandemic, Ember Community Kits' goal is to build strong communities. These kits are on a two-fold mission: to support local businesses and makers and to spread joy and cheer throughout Seattle when people receive their kit. Choose from a variety of kits including housewarming essentials, pantry staples, ultimate ice cream sundae toppings and self-care. Send to a friend’s front door (Seattle deliveries are free, but they also ship anywhere in the United States) or treat yourself. Most products are hyper-local to Seattle, and the handmade kits include a write-up of products and a little introduction to the business. Ember Community Kits are a fantastic way to get to know Seattle-area makers, while receiving high-quality products and gifts. Bonus: partial proceeds from each kit sold are donated to a local organization in need.
Through birthday parties and at-home makerspace kits, Elementary Innovators encourages exploring, learning and sharing through hands-on projects. As a former teacher, owner Angie O’Malley is passionate about teaching kids to be creative and fearless when learning something new. Creating a collaborative environment for kids to play, discover, and of course have fun, is the primary goal of each event (whether it’s in-person or virtual). Elementary Innovators presents Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) principles in an engaging platform that fosters confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
Inspired by her grandmother and her kids' obsessions with LEGOs, Seattle mom Sarah Kirk released the Swoop Bag over ten years ago, and it's been a parent favorite ever since. This LEGO storage bag's brilliance is in its simplicity. Kids can easily clean up what feels like an entire swimming pool's worth of LEGOs by gathering them onto the bag and then "swooping" them up. We're pretty sure even toddlers can handle this one. All of the bags are made right here in Seattle and can help kids (and parents!) store all kinds of odds and ends using these colorful, durable pouches.
If you have little ones around, there is one thing you are guaranteed to be doing often: cleaning up after them! L’Avant Collective, founded by two local moms, realized the struggle is real and a solution was born. L’Avant Collection cleaning products are non-toxic, plant-based and highly effective. The products are sustainably-sourced and packaged in subtle, stylish, refillable bottles. Products are sold individually or bundled together. Order the Discovery Bundle to get a taste of everything. L’Avant Collective also offers a CLEAN subscription program. Your favorite products, like dish soap and multipurpose cleaner will be delivered to your door at the frequency you need. Bonus: subscription members receive a 15 percent discount.
Product of the North
What's the one parent product you can't live without? If your diaper bag is the first thing that popped into your mind, we're right there with you. We're crushing on the functional, hands-free Elkin diaper bag from Product of the North. The bags are made with sustainability in mind from recycled water bottles, and their gender-neutral colors go with whatever spit-up stained top you (or your better half) happen to be wearing. Plus, the easily-cleaned lining means you don't have to worry about spills when they happen. Our favorite part? That the bag's neutral design allows it to be used as an everyday backpack once you're past those basic baby stages.
Useful Subscription Boxes
baby doc box
Years of experience as a pediatrician led Alison Scott to launch babydocbox in 2020. It’s a thoughtfully curated subscription box that puts a pediatrician’s expertise at parents’ fingertips. Each themed box focuses on a different first-year developmental milestone, like sleep, feeding or illness. The boxes are filled with high-quality, safe, practical and fun products from local small businesses (and a few big ones too), alongside practical tips and advice straight from the pediatrician’s mouth. There’s a little something for moms in there too. (As a doctor, Scott realizes the seriousness of postpartum depression and includes postpartum resources and information in each box.) A year’s subscription includes six boxes, but parents can jump in any time during those first twelve months to get in on the action.
Every mom needs a “sweet” break from the chaos of motherhood. Mother Snacker is a dessert gift and subscription box made exclusively for moms by Bothell mom, Leah Brushett. Each box is filled with decadent sweets, self-care products and more, sourced from female-founded companies and socially-responsible brands. Choose from a one-time gift or start a subscription for a well-loved mom in your life. Mother Snacker can accommodate allergies and dietary needs. Moms have one of the toughest jobs on the planet and they all deserve some pampering!
Outside the Box Creation
Share the love of art with a child in your life. Outside the Box Creation provides kid art subscription boxes. No prior art experience or talent needed–just a love of creating and a great imagination. Purchase a month-to-month subscription or a one-time box. All you need is scissors and a pencil and your box will come with everything else you need. This Langley-based company values creativity through art expression and memory-making experiences. Outside the Box Creation actively gives back to the community by donating boxes and art supplies to local non-profit organizations. Boxes are filled with quality, non-toxic products that are sustainably-sourced and eco-friendly. Create a masterpiece and some memories with a kid art box.
—additional reporting from Abbey McGee