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50 Women-Owned Home & Grocery Brands We Love

updated Mar 30, 2021
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My grandmother (my late father’s mom, whom we called Bubbie) owned and operated a cake decorating and hobby shop my entire life. I used to spend every single Saturday in the store with her, folding pie boxes, counting out and bagging lollipop sticks, and sorting icing tips. She had one (grown-up) employee, but she ran this store entirely on her own for decades, and I remember always being incredibly impressed by her. She could tell people why their cakes were coming out too dry, order 1,000 pounds of chocolate wafers, and ring someone up all the same time — without breaking a sweat.

Sometime, very early on (I wasn’t even old enough to use the cash register at this point), I wondered how many other Bubbies were running their own businesses. I never got an official count, but I did learn the lesson that it’s important to shop at women-owned businesses. It was important back then and it’s definitely important now.

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8) and my Bubbie, I bring you this list. I compiled it by polling Kitchn editors and looking at my previous credit card statements. It’s by no means comprehensive or even a small percentage of the women-owned businesses out there: It’s just a small way of celebrating women, today and every day.

Decor & Tabletop

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Block Shop Textiles

Founded by sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman, Block Shop Textiles celebrates the rich history of handmade textiles. The site is mostly clothing, bedding, and non-kitchen stuff, but be sure to check out their face masks and table linens. Bonus: Block Shop invests 5% of their profits in their biannual Community Health Camps in Jaipur, where they started their company in 2013.

Buy: Hans Napkin, $14

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Estelle Colored Glass

Estelle Colored Glass makes some of the prettiest glasses, decanters, and cake stands. Everything is hand-blown and, honestly, each piece is prettier than the last.

BuyStemless Wine Glasses, $160 for a set of 6 at Estelle Colored Glass

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Jungalow

If you’ve spent any time on our sister site, Apartment Therapy, you’ve heard of Justina Blakeney. She’s known for her boho aesthetic and she has an online shop, where you can browse tabletop finds.

Buy: Kaya Solid Ceramic Cups by Justina Blakeney, $20

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Minna

Minna is based in Hudson, NY (not far from where I live!), and run by Sara Berks who works collaboratively with artisans in Central and South America. I’d live in her storefront if she’d let me. It doesn’t seem likely, so instead I just stalk the Kitchen section of her site.

Buy: Striped Placemat Apricot, $30

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Clare

Clare is a direct-to-consumer paint company. It was founded when Nicole Gibbons, an interior designer, realized that there were zero paint brands offering an easy or convenient way to shop for paint. If you’ve been at home this last year and find yourself tired of looking at boring kitchen walls, consider changing that (with Clare paint!).

Buy: Clare Paint, $54 per gallon

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Harlow & Grey

You might not be planning any sort of get-togethers anytime soon, but you will entertain again … eventually. Which brings me to Harlow & Grey, a cousin-owned company that makes gorgeous disposable party goods. You might even just want to use one of these plates for dinner tonight.

Buy: Secret Garden – White Botanicals Large Paper Plates, $7.50 for eight

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March

If you ever want to drool over pretty, perfectly curated kitchen stuff, March is your best bet. The San Francisco store is currently open for appointments only, but you can shop online. Note: While lots of items are well out of my budget, there are some inexpensive finds, too.

Buy: Wood Salt Spoon, $10

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House of Noa

Elizabeth Granados grew her company out of an idea on Facebook: She posted in a mom group, when her daughter was just 5 months old, asking if anyone else was having a hard time searching for a beautiful wipe-clean play mat. People agreed, so Elizabeth started making them. Now, her company also makes gorgeous washable rugs, kitchen mats, and more.

Buy: Nama Kitchen Mat, from $89

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Not Work Related

Sarah Hussaini’s ceramics are so fun and popular, they tend to sell out almost instantly. The good news: You can get on her email list to get early shopping access and to have 10 percent of your first order donated to a good cause.

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Lolly Lolly Ceramics

Speaking of super-popular ceramics! Lolly Lolly Ceramics is another small-scale ceramics studio that also makes amazing, very-hard-to-get pieces. The trick to scoring one of these super-stylish mugs? All restock dates are listed on their Instagram bio and in email alerts (follow and sign up!).

BuySpeckled Mug, $38 at Lolly Lolly Ceramics

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Trinket

Trinket was founded by Erika Briggans-Jones and every single purchase supports an artist, maker, or designer of color.

Buy: Eggie Ring Dish, $20

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Piecework Puzzles

There’s no shortage of cute new puzzles these days, but Piecework Puzzles makes some of Kitchn editors’ favorites. Among the noteworthy ones: Rise & Shine, Forbidden Fruit, and Champagne Problems.

Buy: Champagne Problems, $26

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The Sill

Eliza Blank started The Sill with her personal savings and a clever Kickstarter campaign. Now, it’s a million-dollar plant company with a loyal fan base. If you don’t have a single live plant in your kitchen, it’s time to change that.

Buy: Philodendron Green, from $23

Tools & Gadgets

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Welcome Industries

Welcome Industries was founded in 2015 by Brandon Williams and Pam Daniels. (They met in design school, of course.) I say “of course” because these are the most design-y measuring cups I’ve ever seen. (Pam now runs the company while Brandon works as a new dad!)

Buy: Visual Measuring Cups, $24

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Bee’s Wrap

Bee’s Wrap founder Sarah Kaeck set out to find a more sustainable way to store food and cut back on plastic. Now, her company is a leading alternative to plastic wrap and works to give back to the environment.

Buy: Assorted 3-Pack, $18

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GIR

Samantha Rose started GIR in 2012 (through a Kickstarter campaign) after breaking yet another spatula. She came up with a better design and now actually makes Kitchn’s all-time favorite spatula. Fun fact: GIR stands for Get It Right.

Buy: GIR Spatula, $12.95

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Lunchskins

Back in 2008, Kirsten Quigley start noticing how much waste her young family was generating on a daily basis, with all those lunches and on-the-go snacks. She came up with Lunchskins and the company has since kept more than 2.8 billion single-use plastic bags from entering the waste stream.

Buy: Reusable Zippered Snack, $6.05

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SoYoung

Catherine Choi overcame a serious heroin addiction and has been clean for more than 20 years. Her personal journey led her to start SoYoung as a diaper bag brand. Now, the company makes super-sleek lunch bags that you can surely put to use — even if you’re not packing lunch for an office these days.

Buy: Lunch Poche Bag, $44 at Anthropologie

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Great Jones

Sierra Tishgart and Maddy Moelis founded Great Jones in 2018, in hopes of making modern cookware that looked beautiful but didn’t cost a ton. The ever-expanding product lineup now includes the Holy Sheet, the Hot Dish, The Dutchess and more. (Those three are super favorites among Kitchn editors.)

Buy: Holy Sheet, $35

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Our Place

Shiza Shahid spent years thoughtfully planning the design of her Always Pan, which is meant to replace eight pieces of cookware and work in the multiethnic American kitchen. The pan has become incredibly popular and we recommend it for anyone who has a small kitchen or is just learning to cook.

Buy: Always Pan, $145

Hedley & Bennett

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an apron that’s better than the ones from Hedley & Bennett. The Essential Apron has pockets in all the right places, an adjustable strap, and a super-stylish design. The brand also makes some really great face masks, too.

Groceries

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gr8nola

Erica Liu Williams, the founder of gr8nola, is a Stanford grad, former US Olympic Trials swimmer, and ex-techie. How’s that for a resume? When she couldn’t find a granola that met her standards in stores, she decided to make her own.

Buy: The Original, $9.99 for 10 ounces

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Purely Elizabeth

Here’s one more granola brand: Purely Elizabeth. Named after its founder and its clean ingredient list, Purely Elizabeth has won over many of our editors. Try the Maple Almond Butter Granola.

Buy: Maple Almond Butter Granola, $5.77 for 10 ounces

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Seed + Mill

The three co-founders of Seed + Mill (Rachel Simons, Lisa Mendelson, and Monica Molenaar) set out with the goal of making tahini a staple pantry ingredient in the U.S. While many Kitchn editors swear by their tahini, we also can’t get enough of their halva.

Buy: Organic Tahini, $12 for 11.5 ounces at Sur la Table

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Moonshot Snacks

Julia Collins founded Moonshot Snacks when she realized she was going to be a mom. She set out create climate-friendly snacks and then built a platform called Planet FWD to help other food companies do the same.

Buy: Climate-Friendly Crackers Variety Pack, $18 for three 4-ounce boxes at Bubble Goods

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Brightland

Another well-known favorite among Kitchn editors: Brightland was founded by Aishwarya Iyer in 2015 when she realized the realized that the subpar supermarket olive oil she was buying was making her feel … well, subpar. Now she makes traceable, high-quality olive oil she trusts — in the beautifully designed, protective powder-coated bottles.

Buy: The Duo, $74 for two 12.7-ounce bottles

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Talea Beer

Tired of the way most craft beer brands targeted “the typical beer bros,” LeAnn Darland and Tara Hankinson decided to take matters into their own hands. Their resulting beers are not too bitter and tend to have fruit-forward flavors.

Buy: Double Take Hazy Double IPA, $24.99 at Drizly

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Fancy Sprinkles

In case you couldn’t tell from the name (jokes!), this company makes fancy sprinkles. The fanciest and most fun sprinkles you’ll ever find, actually. (There are vegan options, metallic ones, and more.) The company was founded in 2016 by Lisa Stelly. And Kitchn Food Editor Meghan Splawn isn’t sure what she did before it existed!

Buy: Spring Collection Full Set, $75 for eight 4-ounce jars

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Golde

Trinity Mouzon Wofford started Golde with a single product: a turmeric latte blend. Her company now includes several other latte blends, an incredibly popular matcha powderskin-care products, and a new Superwhisk that’s already a top seller. Golde is newly available at Target, too.

Buy: Original Turmeric Latte Blend, $29 for 4.2 ounces

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Early Bird Granola

Okay, here’s one last granola company: Early Bird Granola, which was started by Nekisia Davis. She was managing a famous pizzeria in Brooklyn (Franny’s!) when she started making her own granola and selling it at local markets. It took off from there and even got the thumbs up from Martha Stewart.

Buy: Kiss My Oats, $28 for three 12-ounce bags

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Soom

Like many businesses on this list, Soom Foods got its start when its founders noticed a gap in the marketplace: the tahini selection in American grocery stores. The three co-founders are sisters (we actually chatted with them to learn more about their business!) Pro tip: Be sure to give their Date Syrup a try.

Buy: Soom Foods Pure Ground Sesame Tahini, $16.50 for two 11-ounce jars

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Brooklyn Delhi

Chitra Agrawal is not only the chef behind all of Brooklyn Delhi’s award-winning sauces and condiments — she’s also a cookbook author and Kitchn contributor. All of her offerings are well-reviewed, but this zingy blend of tomatoes, tamarind, garlic, and chili powder is a fan-favorite.

Buy: Brooklyn Delhi Tomato Achaar, $9.95 for 9 ounces

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Malai

Inspired by the blank palate of an ice cream base, Pooja Bavishi founded Malai, which features the South Asian spices of her childhood — including ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and saffron. Malai means “cream of the crop,” and that’s a pretty spot-on name.

Buy: Choose Your Own 4 Pints, $89 at Goldbelly

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Anita’s Yogurt

Anita Shepherd comes from a family of scientists and ran her own experiments until she created the perfect yogurt alternative in 2012. Now, she’s sold more than a million cups of coconut yogurt and works to promote Fair Trade Certified producers.

Buy: Vegan Plain Coconut Yogurt, $59 for four pints at Goldbelly

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4Sisters Rice

The four sisters (it’s not just a clever name!) who founded 4Sisters Rice grew up on their father’s rice farm and work now to continue their family’s legacy. Today, their company farms more than 25,000 acres of rice in Louisiana.

Buy: Organic Long-Grain Brown Rice, $13 for 13 ounces

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Kasama Rum

Inspired by her Filipino-Polish roots, Alexandra Dorda created Kasama, which is small-batch rum with a hint of sweet pineapples and vanilla. It just launched on February 3 (available only on the brand’s website) and people are already talking about it. Fun fact: Aleandra is the daughter of the founder of Chopin Vodka and Belvedere, so it’s safe to say she knew a thing or three about the business before she launched it.

Buy: Kasama Rum, $29.99 for 750ml

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Diaspora Co.

Sana Javeri Kadri founded Diaspora Co., a tiny spice company with big ambitions to disrupt what she has called an outdated and unjust spice trade. The brand now has a huge and loyal fan base. Even if the company name doesn’t ring a bell for you, I’m willing to bet you’ve seen its jars somewhere on Instagram.

Buy: Build Your Trio, from $27

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Omsom

Another awesome group of sisters! Vanessa and Kim Pham launched Omsom during the global pandemic. “We started Omsom to bring proud, loud Asian flavors to your fingertips any day of the week, sitting in your pantry right between the tomato sauce and olive oil,” the sisters say on their website. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a kit and have been making the Larb on repeat.

Buy: The Omsom Bundle, $55 for 12 starters

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Coolhaus

Here again, we have strong women who didn’t feel represented by the options on the shelves. In this case, they were looking at dessert brands. Natasha Case and Freya Estreller left their corporate jobs and started Coolhaus in 2009. Now the couple is known for their fun flavors, dairy-free options, and their ice cream sandwiches.

Buy: Build a 6-Pack, from $72

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Cowgirl Creamery

College friends Sue Conley and Peggy Smith started Cowgirl Creamery in 1997 with a dream of celebrating organic practices and spotlighting the craftsmanship of local sustainable agriculture in Marin and Sonoma counties. Their cheese is now in stores nationwide, and the Mt. Tam is famous among cheese-lovers.

Buy: Mt. Tam, $19.99 at igourmet

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The Spice Suite

In 2015, Angel Gregoria walked by an empty storefront and decided, right then and there, to turn it into a spice shop. (She had no previous plans to own a business, which is makes this story even more impressive!) Now, The Spice Suite one of the coolest shops in D.C. and Angel curates special spice boxes for shipping each month. Boxes go on sale the first day of each month, and you have to be quick!

Browse: The Spice Suite

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Fusion Jerky

KaiYen Mai’s family has been honing the craft of making traditional Asian jerky for nearly 50 years, so it’s no surprise that she decided to launch her own company. (She got the idea while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro!) The jerky is made in Nebraska and is all-natural.

Buy: Lemon Pepper Artisan Chicken Jerky, $6.99 for 2.75 ounces

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Wild Ophelia

Wild Ophelia comes to us from Katrina Markoff, the chocolatier and founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, who was inspired to empower American female entrepreneurs. And so in addition to selling chocolate, the company works to encourage and support other women-owned businesses.

Browse: Wild Ophelia Chocolate Bars

Partake Foods

Partake Foods makes cookies that are free from the top eight allergens, vegan, and gluten-free. Denise Woodard started the company when her daughter was diagnosed with severe food allergies as an infant. Now, she works to raise awareness of Black and female entrepreneurship.

Buy: Chocolate Chip Cookies, $4.99 for 5.5 ounces at Target

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Trade Street Jam Co.

Trade Street Jam Co. was founded by Ashley Rouse, who has been a professional chef for almost 15 years. Rouse makes fruit-forward vegan jams that are low in sugar and great in cocktails, sauces, glazes, salad dressings, and more. You can’t go wrong with any flavor, but definitely try the Smoked Peach Jam.

Buy: Smoked Peach Jam, $14 for 9 ounces

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Not Just Co.

Founded by Catherine Smart and Jacqueline Grady Smith, the idea with Not Just is that you’re not just buying pasta sauce or salad dressing. Instead, you’re buying something you can feel good about and that you can use in a bunch of ways. The pasta sauce shines in rotisserie chicken enchiladas and baked shakshukas, for example.

Buy: Not Just Pasta Sauce, $54 for six 16-ounce jars

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Nguyen Coffee Supply

Nguyen Coffee Supply was founded by Sahra Nguyen, a first-generation Vietnamese American. The company partners with a fourth-generation farmer, Mr. Ton, who owns and operates his family farm in Vietnam’s famed Central Highlands.

Buy: The Original Vietnamese Coffee Trio, $42 for six 12-ounce bags

Cleaning & Organizing

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No Tox Life

Created by a mother-daughter team, No Tox Life is a vegan body and home care company that aims to help people live a non-toxic lifestyle. Be sure to check out the Market Tote, Dish Brush Set, and Dish Block.

Buy: Dish Block, $8.98

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Goldune

Goldune could have technically lived in the Decor & Tabletop section, but the shop’s Cleaning and Organizing pages should not be missed. Azora Zoe Paknad started the site to help more people shop sustainably.

Buy: Counter Caddy, $24

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Dot & Army

Jennifer Zamudio has been sewing since she was 8 years old, and she founded Dot & Army to feature sustainable everyday goods like her cloth napkins and hand-made scrubbies, which can last up to a year.

Buy: Dish Scrubbies, $28 for four

Again, this list is just a fraction of a fraction of the great women-owned businesses out there. Please add more of your favorites in the comments below.

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