Since March is Women’s History Month, it’s the perfect time to recognize all that women have contributed to Seattle. Starting and running a successful business is no small feat, so today we’re going to pay kudos to all the women who have done just that here in the Emerald City. While compiling this list of women-owned businesses in Seattle we came across chefs who are bringing their culture’s food to Seattleites, small business owners who donate their time and money to non-profits, a pub highlighting women’s sports, and a coffee shop that employs a mostly-female staff.
Be sure to check them out and lend your support—not just this month, but all year long!
Here are some of our favorite women-owned businesses in Seattle, in no particular order:
1. Hello Robin
Robin Wehl Martin started this popular Seattle cookie company in 2013. Today you’ll find locations in Capitol Hill and University Village. They have vegan and gluten-free options, if you were wondering.
Addresses: 2570 NE University Village St. (University Village) and 522 19th Ave. E (Capitol Hill)
2. The Works Seattle
Kellie Phelan is the founder and owner of The Works Seattle, a small business in Pioneer Square that offers DIY classes and take-home kits. It’s a great place to go with friends or to meet new friends.
Address: 512 2nd Ave, Suite 100
3. Rough and Tumble Pub
Rough and Tumble is a women’s sports bar that was recently opened in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood by Jen Barnes. They offer 18 screens for watching the game, a full menu, and an inclusive spirit.
Address: 5309 22nd Ave NW Top Floor
4. Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
Owned by Molly Moon Neitzel, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream is one of the most popular ice cream shops in Seattle. According to their website, Neitzel “aims to spread happiness by serving flavors with locally-sourced ingredients and building a locally-fueled community.”
Address: (multiple locations)
5. Noir Luxe Candle Co.
Colina Bruce grew her small candle business into a brick-and-mortar store and studio that you can find in downtown Seattle near the waterfront. Not only can you shop their small-batch, hand-poured candles but you can also book a candle pouring experience in their studio with your friends.
Address: 3020 Warren Pl
6. Marination Ma Kai
This Hawaiian-Korean restaurant can be found in West Seattle, downtown, and Columbia City. Owners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison started with a food truck in 2009 and grew Marination into the popular eateries that exist today.
Address: 1660 Harbor Ave SW
7. Spruce Apothecary
Jenn Kenner and Tiann Hadeed founded Spruce Apothecary, which they describe as a “skincare studio and retail space that focuses on clean and effective beauty products, holistic wellness, and sustainable lifestyle goods.”
Address: 4156 California Ave SW
8. Communion Restaurant & Bar
Communion owner and chef Kristi Brown has received numerous well-deserved accolades for her Central District restaurant since it opened in 2020. According to their website, she “desires to build community through the cultivation of fresh food and fine cooking.”
Address: 2350 E Union St
9. The Flour Box
Pamela Vuong is the founder and owner of the popular bakery The Flour Box in Hillman City. You’ll often find a line wrapping around the block as Seattleites wait to try the hand-filled brioche donuts and other baked goods.
Address: 5520 Rainier Ave S
10. Mimi’s Zero Waste Market
Located in Crown Hill, Mimi’s is North Seattle’s only zero waste market. You can shop for food, skincare, and more at this bulk and plastic-free market that encourages you to bring your own reusable containers. You can read more about the co-founders, Heather and Berenice, on the market’s website.
Address: 7749 15th Ave NW Unit B
11. The Confectionery
Kristi Holmes grew up in Washington and after working at The Confectionery for 11 years, she purchased the upscale candy store from the previous owner in 2001.
Address: 4608 26th Ave NE
12. Woodland Mod
Owner and curator Jaimie McCausland opened Woodland Mod in Ballard in 2021. Her store highlights Scandinavian design as well as “minimalism, sustainability, hygge, and handcrafted nature-inspired goods.”
Address: 5330 Ballard Ave NW
13. Piroshki on 3rd
Owner and chef Aly Anderson took over Piroshki on 3rd in 2016 at the age of 23. She has since found success by merging the flavors of her Filipino heritage with the store’s traditional Eastern European menu.
Address: 710 3rd Ave
14. Pipe & Row
Owner Kayla Gil founded Pipe and Row in 2014 hoping to “create something that was both welcoming and inspiring for women to explore their style.” You’ll find the chic boutique in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
Address: 611 N 35th St
15. Hazel Salon & Organics
Tara Roberts founded Hazel Salon in 2009. Named after her grandmother, the salon prioritizes eco-conscious, natural, and organic beauty products and treatments. They also donate time and resources to organizations such as National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and Skate Like a Girl.
Address: 8301 Greenwood Ave N
This women-owned boutique in Seattle offers sustainable goods from local and small businesses in the US and Canada. Every month they host an art reception for a featured artist of the month and donate 2% of that month’s sales to a non-profit.
Address: 145 S King St
17. Monorail Espresso
Originally founded in 1980, Monorail Espresso was sold to barista and manager Aimee Peck in 2012 who then opened three more locations in downtown Seattle. According to their website, “the woman-owned and operated enterprise proudly employs a mostly female staff, upholding the values of social justice and equality with which the company was started.”
Address: 510 Pike St
18. Flora and Henri
This charming boutique in Pioneer Square is owned by Seattle native Jane Hedreen. She opened the brick-and-mortar store in 2017.
Address: 401 1st Ave S
19. Les Amis
Opened by Becky Buford in 1996, Les Amis is a women’s boutique in Fremont that offers “both emerging and established designers.”
Address: 3420 Evanston Ave N
20. Plum Bistro
Owner and chef Makini Howell has been serving sustainable and organic vegan fare at Plum Bistro in Capitol Hill since 2009.
Address: 1429 12th Ave
21. Kamp Social House
This recently-opened Seattle restaurant is not only woman-owned but also has an all-female management team. You can visit Kamp for seasonal and local food, craft cocktails, and weekend brunch.
Address: 2800 E Madison St
22. City Sweats
Dee Alams started City Sweats as part of her mission to bring infrared therapy to Seattle. You can now find City Sweats in four locations throughout Seattle: Madison Park, Wallingford, West Seattle, and Bellevue.
23. Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Rachel Marshall is the owner of Rachel’s Ginger Beer, the hugely popular ginger beer that is made in Seattle and ships nationwide. They use organic ingredients and partner with local farms.
If we left out any amazing women-owned businesses in Seattle, let us know!