From unique one-of-a-kind spirits to shops with sweet treats, these women-owned businesses are making their mark on PA. Celebrate Women’s History Month by exploring and supporting these talented brewers, bakers, movers, and shakers.
1. Lucy Rae Gifts & More
Lucy Rae Gifts & More is a family-owned, mother-daughter business spearheaded by matriarch, Hastie Kinter. The boutique carries a wide variety of merchandise from apparel to children gifts, and a carefully-curated selection of home goods. Hastie’s community influence extends beyond the boutique walls where she serves as an officer at the Indiana Printing & Publishing Company. In 2010 she was honored as the “Female Civic Leader of the Year” by the Indiana County Leader’s Circle.
2. Betsy’s of Ligonier
Debbie Sarault's Betsy's of Ligonier boutique is the go-to for ladies' casual apparel and accessories that are anything but run of the mill. Here you’ll find novelty sweaters, unusual jewelry, and leather purses that the fashionistas in your life will love. Along with her wonderful merchandise, Debbie offers one-of-a-kind services and is passionate about her town and customers.
3. The Little Apple
Winner of Best Gift Shop 2018 by Philly Happening, and named one of the 10 Best Places to Shop in Philadelphia by USA Today, The Little Apple is a must visit for gifts of all kinds. This self-described “cheeky gift boutique” is brimming with individually selected, unique and eclectic items for both everyday joy and special occasions. Owner Brandy Deieso selects the mix of goods that fill the shop, with many produced locally and a Philadelphia-theme throughout.
4. Eva Bryn Shoetique
Shoetique owner Eva Bryn brings big city styles to this small-town main street. Shoes are a clear passion with styles ranging from sandals to slippers, boots to heels, clogs to platforms, and a few others, but the shop offers so much more. Find practical handbags, outerwear with an elevated twist, unique and stunning jewelry, and accessories galore, including a wide selection of the most stylin’ readers. Whether shopping in person or online, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for others and yourself!
5. Bella Sera & Knock Knock Boutiques
Bella Sera Boutique owner Emily Drobnock is bringing a little pizzazz to Chocolate Ave. This beautiful small, shop features a curated collection of clothing, jewelry, and beauty care items that can make the perfect gift for a friend or a little pick-me-up for a “treat yourself” moment. Seeking more reasons to shop ‘til you drop? Stroll a few doors down to their sister store Knock Knock Boutique for even more great finds!
6. Forgiven Wine Co.
Philadelphia & Lancaster
As PA’s only Black, women-owned winery, Forgiven Wine Co. is making industry history with their CBD infused wines. Launched in fall 2020, owners Paige Hughes and Aliesha Clark set out to answer the call for locally made, sweet blended wines – both with and without CBD – delivered right to your door and pair perfectly with dessert.
7. Christian W. Klay Winery
Sharon Klay’s award winning, “farm to bottle” Christian W. Klay Winery offers both a full slate of amazing wines and an array of entertaining special events, informative and educational tours, and, of course, wine tastings. Located on an incredibly scenic 215-acre farm in Chalk Hill, enjoy gorgeous views along with their delicious wine.
8. Franklin Hill Vineyards
For 40 years, Franklin Hill Vineyards has been influencing the Pennsylvania wine scene. The Lehigh Valley staple is both women-owned and operated with owner Elaine Pivinski at the helm and head winemaker Bonnie Pyshe who has been part of the journey since day one. Their award-winning collection of reds, whites, and dessert wines provide a selection for whatever you’re craving.
9. Silverback Distillery
Distilling duo Christine and Lauren Riggleman are the innovators behind Silverback Distillery. This mother-daughter team is the first of its kind in the nation, crafting high-quality, award-winning spirits certain to take your tastebuds for a spin.
10. Cart/Horse Distilling
Co-owner Jessica Lemmon’s Cart/Horse Distilling is a first-generation, women-owned distillery pioneering the craft in PA’s Great Lakes region. As the first (legal) distillery in Erie County since Prohibition, Cart/Horse is well known throughout the industry for its award-winning spirits. Crafted with locally grown ingredients, they strive to support growers in the region to help keep agricultural traditions alive as part of their mission.
11. Triple Bottom Brewing
Tess Hart is “captain at the helm” as co-owner/co-founder of Triple Bottom Brewing. Not only are Tess and her team dedicated to producing great craft beer, they feature a fair-chance staff that is more than 50 percent BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) and 50 percent women, including Sola Onitiri, the brewery’s general manager. Tess is also the driving force behind the Triple Bottom Womxn’s Collective — a series of salons and pop-ups featuring amazing woman-owned and led businesses throughout Philly.
12. McCall Collective Brewing
After a career in the corporate marketing world, owner Kaitlin McCall and team opened the city’s first women-owned brewery, McCall Collective Brewing, in the summer of 2020. This family operation serves a variety of delicious beers with unique flavor profiles and punny and whimsical beer names, including their Shucksquehanna Cream Ale. The McCall Collective also offers an extended wine and cocktail list featuring local makers.
13. Black Rock Brewing Company
Abby Weaver’s Black Rock Brewing is soon to be the latest women-owned brewery to enter the state’s brewing scene. Scheduled to open in spring 2021, the landmark craft microbrewery and winery are part of the city’s revitalization – transforming the town’s former YMCA into a totally new destination. In addition to serving tasty craft brews on tap, Black Rock already features a rotating selection of local food trucks to keep the vibe alive!
Sweets and Treats
14. Vegan Treats
Lehigh Valley native Danielle Konya has been serving up delicious vegan cakes and soft serve in her hometown for more than twenty years. Vegan Treats was the first of its kind in the area and has since won a treasure trove of accolades, both national and international for the tasty and ethical treats. From candies, cakes, cookies, and cannolis to whoopee pies, brownies, doughnuts, and soft serve – your taste buds will rejoice!
15. Chocolates by Tina Marie
For more than 30 years, Chocolates by Tina Marie has served the community’s sweet tooth with exquisite, small-batch artisan chocolates. Growing up just west of Hershey, owner Tina Olaf-Lerch’s passion for chocolate started at a very early age. Using the freshest and high-quality ingredients – including homemade butter cream fillings, Tina and her family create perfectly crafted chocolates, you will surely fall in love.
16. Leona’s Ice Cream
The ten talented women of Leona’s dream team share a mutual passion for creating delicious, 100% lactose-free ice cream from 100% real dairy. Owners Katie Heldstab and Christa Puskarich and their team of self-proclaimed “sugar wizards” bake every cookie, make every brownie chunk, and carefully watch each pot of caramel to create the perfect scoop of both traditional and creative flavor combinations.
17. Country Junction Restaurant
In the mood for some delicious, homestyle cooking?! Plan to visit Country Junction Restaurant where owner Tawnya Huff and her staff prepare a roster of mouth-watering favorites. Daily specials include turkey and stuffing on Tuesdays, beer-batter fish on Fridays, and the weekend favorite – oak barrel steak that the locals set their calendars by. They’re also busy each day baking delicious homemade breads, buns, pies, and desserts that taste just like grandma used to make.
18. Bridge Street Chocolates
After spending two decades doing the “corporate thing,” Gail Warner, owner of Bridge Street Chocolates ditched corporate life for her life-long passion – CHOCOLATE! For over a decade, Gail has been serving up her amazing, award-winning chocolates in her cozy gourmet chocolate shop. Her delightful chocolates are made with the finest ingredients and come in a tasty variety of flavors. The beautiful packaging adds a special homemade touch that lets you know they’re made with love.
19. Market Street Pastries
Becky Marshall’s Market Street Pastries is a delicious addition to this suburban small town. Her extremely talented team of ladies creates fine pastries, artisan breads, and savory items. All are baked fresh from scratch daily, right on the premises using the highest quality ingredients. Located in a completely restored historic building, enjoy your favorite pastry in their comfortable seating area or the book nook.
Hot Drinks & Cool Reads
20. Elementary Coffee Co.
Everything you need to know about starting your own coffee shop can found at Elementary Coffee Co. Founded by Andrea Gove, this environmentally conscious coffee shop offers tutorials, demonstrations, and training to anyone interested in jumping into the industry, as well as brewing a great cup of java in the historic Broad Street Market or at her North St. location. Grab a cup of freshly roasted coffee crafted with love by Andrea and start your coffee shop dreams.
21. One Good Woman
For the past quarter century, One Good Woman has been an area mainstay and great place to grab a delicious cup of joe! After purchasing the business from founder Holly O'Connor, owners Michelle Kock and Mechelle Webster have maintained the tradition of providing the freshest product possible, including a selection of delectable goodies, in a cozy and relaxed setting – not to mention. The unique shop also offers specially crafted gift baskets filled with guests’ choices of specialty coffee, fresh tea, and fine foods.
22. Abeille Voyante Tea Co.
Combining a decades’ long passion for tea and long-time infatuation with the healing properties of herbs, Danielle Spinola’s opened Abeille Voyante Tea Co. in a space connected to the Millvale Community Library, feeding mind, body, and soul. This cozy, eclectic tea shop and plant-based café offers an extensive selection of the highest quality teas from throughout the world. Choose your favorite or one of Danielle’s custom blends. Her walk-up food menu includes several delicious vegan options in addition to their regular fare.
23. Pressed Coffee and Books
Abby Weaver’s Pressed Coffee and Books offers the best of both worlds -- an independently owned coffee shop and used bookstore. Grab one of their high-quality coffees or teas or tea lattes alongside a thoughtful read as the perfect gift for your next occasion. Be sure to try one of their delectable sweet or savory crepes, jumbo scone or muffin from Cake Pros, or custom yogurt parfait.
24. Harriet’s Bookshop
Named for historical heroine Harriet Tubman, Harriet’s Bookshop is not shy about celebrating Women’s History Month and regularly celebrates women authors, artists, ad activists. This independent, women-owned bookstore is the passion project of Philly native Jeannine A. Cook. The indie store offers a book for any occasion, making it the perfect, personalized gift for your next celebration.
25. Vault + Vine
Through her mission to create an urban oasis, Peicha Chang launched Vault & Vine flower and coffee shop that re-envisions her original East Falls location. The unique spot offers seasonal flowers and plants, as well as beautifully made and artfully crafted gifts. Their in-store café is the perfect place to unwind, meet a friend, or catch up on some work while enjoying a selection of their locally sourced coffees and sweet treats.
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