Joan Shepp is a women-owned and operated business that has been influencing Philadelphia style and fashion for 50 years. Joan Shepp and her daughter Ellen run the Chestnut St. storefront, filled with clothing, shoes, and accessories by the most iconic designers in the world. There is no other store like this in the entire city. As you glide down the stairs into Joan Shepp, you’re always greeted by the most real and knowledgable staff. Shopping here is like touring a museum- an experience that has kept customers loyal for half a century!
Comfort food never tasted soooo good. Pretty Girls Cook is one of our favorite women-owned businesses to grab brunch! Pretty Girls Cook was brought to us by Dominique Shields and is the real deal. They serve up all our favorites, play great music, and provide killer service. It’s always so special as a woman to walk into women-owned businesses that are successful and run like a well-oiled machine. Try them out for dinner too! Don’t walk… RUN.
Our next women-owned business in Philly is Yowie– your one-stop-lifestyle-shop! Yowie, founded by Shannon Maldonado, curates the sickest pieces for your home and your everyday life. Yowie shares the best books, bar cart accessories, lamps & lights, furniture, planters, and more. Shopping home accessories handpicked by the coolest people in town will elevate your space beyond belief. Women just get it, especially the women at Yowie!
Bringing your car in for a fix can be pretty intimidating, especially as a woman. Girls Auto Clinic in Upper Darby eliminates all the stress of taking care of your car by empowering women to get involved with their vehicle and know exactly what’s going on! They offer free car-care workshops so women can better understand their vehicle, and while you’re waiting for your repair to be done, you can relax in their in-shop beauty bar! Yes, you read that correctly.
Girls Auto Clinic founder Patrice Banks is beyond inspirational and you have to learn more about her. Click here for a video about how Girls Auto Clinic came to be!
When Tess Hart brought together the founding team of Triple Bottom Brewing, she knew exactly what she was doing. Right on 9th and Spring Garden, Triple Bottom Brewing is the chicest brewery in the city, and their beer proves it. Being their own brewery, Triple Bottom has perfected their recipes to make the most epic menu of beers, ciders, wines, and cocktails. Not to mention all the bomb snacks and entrees!
Learn more about Triple Bottom Brewing’s environmentally progressive mission by clicking here!
Up in Kensington is a true gem: Black-owned and women-owned Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse! Comics and cold brews cross paths at Amalgam making it one of the most original places in Philly. The best part of it all is the story behind its conception. Amalgam sets itself from the rest because it’s the, “…only black-woman owned shop of its kind, and the first Black-woman owned comic book store on the East Coast” (Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse). Representation for women, especially Black women, matters, and owner & founder Ariell Johnson sets the tone for us all.
Founded in 2017, this woman-owned business is dedicated to connecting to the neighborhood and supplying beautiful houseplants, décor, and specialty home-goods to the community. Head to the café for a delicious cup of coffee or tea while surrounded by stunning greenery and flowers, and don’t fret if you’re a beginner plant parent – the staff is extremely helpful and willing to advise on all purchases!
All of the women who brought these amazing businesses to our area deserve all of the credit. Auto body shop owners, brewery founders, comic store saviors- these women mean business! Do your part on this International Women’s Day and support the Philly women who keep our city alive!
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Lindsay Nathanson is a Philadelphian inspired by research, storytelling, and the people around her. Subsequent to graduating from the Univer...