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Best of SLC: Women-Owned Businesses (Revised)

Updated: May 23, 2023

Last summer, we posted this very "Women-Owned Businesses" story. BUT—given that it's March, and March is Women's History Month—we thought it worth bringing back with a few additions and revisions. So many of the small, locally owned operations in our lovely city are owned by ___________ (insert: savvy, queer, creative, BIPOC, knowledgeable, etc.) women, which we absolutely love. And what better way to celebrate March than by showing them a little support?

Reminder: Homeworks is proudly woman-owned, and our Exchange Place office happily houses a few other woman-owned businesses as well (including A\Typical Design Studio, an amazing addition to Salt Lake’s interior design scene, and Copy That Studio, a whip-smart copy writing and creative studio).

For every local biz we've mentioned below, we know there is probably an equal number we've yet to discover, and we're always happy to hear about more! DM us on Instagram @homeworkspropertylab, and we'll do what we can to include them in the next round. Happy Women's History Month!

Pictured: Normal Ice Cream (L), The Rose Est. (R)

For a meal:

For morning lattes and a chia bowl, the atmosphere at The Rose Establishment can’t be beat (in particular, the patio), and the savory, bready bites churned out by Challah Back Dough quench our every craving. Or, for a great weekend brunch option (think "Southern-influenced diner"), there's always Pig & a Jelly Jar. We’ve previously posted about our lunch-time love affair with Arempas Venezuelan arepas and empanadas, but we also believe the lunch buffet at Saffron Valley in the Avenues to be well worth your precious time. No secret here, but always good to remember that Red Iguana is serving perfectly prepared Mexican food on North Temple. Oh! And in a recent (and long-awaited) addition to the SLC food scene, we're pretty excited to try Xiao Bao Bao—started with two partners by the owner of the recently closed Les Madeleines, they will serve Chinese Bao for take-out (think: chicken curry bao and a barbecue pork bao with cabbage). Yum.

For some sweets:

Having recently dropped by the Chubby Baker for a Strawberry Fresh Cream cake and a Ferrero Rocher donut, we can attest to everyone’s need to stop by, and the same desire applies to the mouth-watering Everything and Boston cream doughns at Mad Dough. Or if it’s ice cream you’re after—especially something unexpected and perfectly executed—Normal doesn’t miss (ever). If you're in the mood for some Middle Eastern desserts, we highly suggest you try the baklava cheesecake, kunafa pies, or Persian Love Cake from Aziza. Oh, and Bruges Belgian Bistro is a hole-in-the-wall on Broadway serving unbelievably authentic and delectable waffles (among more savory treats as well). Try them.

Pictured: Shadowplay (L), Animalia (R)

For a drink:

Depending on the time of day, little hits the spot like a beer, kombucha, or good cup of coffee. As luck would have it, a few of our favorite women-owned businesses serve some of the best. Publik has a few locations (one currently under construction) from which you can grab a stellar cup before work, and the Shades Brewing beer portfolio is sure to have the perfect frosty mug of your choosing after a long day. For kombucha lovers, we strongly recommend Han’s small-batch booch…this is the good stuff (and good for you). For your after-work needs, head to Bodega/The Rest on Main Street: you can stay upstairs for a quick beer or a Michelada, or you can reserve a spot downstairs for some moody atmosphere alongside a well-made cocktail and a great menu.

For your health:

Arguably the most important component of our list, these places offer the ability to slow down, take a breath, and do something really great for yourself while also supporting local, women-owned businesses. For starters, Simple Modern is a progressive and welcoming practice for relational health and wellness (and therapy is good). But whole-body health also includes relief from physical pain/inflammation: Flow Acupuncture is a great spot for some traditional Chinese medicine, and Hello Wellness is a stellar practice offering therapeutic Thai massage from a certified specialist. For some pilates, yoga, or strength training, you can check out Maven Strong, or simply wander upstairs for several women-owned businesses that make up Maven Well (everything from brows and bodywork to hair and PT). And finally, for a bit of workout therapy with some really good vibes (sans the high-pressure gym mentality), we highly suggest a spin class or some yoga at Chvrch Cycle.

Pictured: Thyme & Place (L), Pig & A Jelly Jar (R)

For your life:

Where retail is concerned, SLC has no shortage of women-owned shops with just what you’re looking for, be it a new shirt, a thoughtful gift, or something to brighten up your home. For the latter, you’re likely to find the perfect candle, plant, or piece of furniture at spots like Thyme & Place, Animalia, Shadow Play, or Salt & Honey. For some new duds—both for you and the littles—The Stockist is a sure bet, but don’t forget to try Mochi Kids. Oh, and check out the Dakota Ridge website as well...there's no storefront to speak of, but this locally owned operation is making adorable, sturdy and SUPER cute kids' cowboy rain boots. If you’re in the market for a thoughtful card or gift, we suggest you head to Atelier, the Land of Salt, or Mineral & Matter for any number of things—jewelry, ceramics, cards, etc.—that are likely to be hand-crafted and perfectly curated (in fact, the entire Maven block at 900 S and 200 E is great for women-owned shopping options).

Pictured: Mineral & Matter (L), Land of Salt (R)


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