14 Women-Owned Shops Shifting the Home and Design Space in America

Mark A. Carlson

You don’t have to be a certified shopping expert to understand that no retail experience would be possible without the humans running the whole operation. When you choose to support a small business, your purchase is making an even bigger impact on the lives of the people behind them. So often shop owners go uncredited for their labor of love at the expense of staying humble and focused on the grind. We know that with a great eye comes even greater responsibility and want to celebrate some of the women who have been on our radar.

These 13 design retailers are bringing new life and meaning to homes across the U.S. with their covetable vintage finds and impeccably diverse discoveries. (While we’ve compiled lists of the best home decor shops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the Pacific Northwest, there are so many other regions in America worth exploring.)

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Highland Park Village’s new women-owned boutiques blend rich stories with unique styles

Mark A. Carlson

Highland Park Village has a glittery reputation, really worldwide in some echelons, but even regulars may not realize the Dallas shopping center has a soft spot for lifting local designers.

While Highland Park’s town square is known for European and American designer brands, from Hermès and Chanel to Tom Ford and Alice + Olivia, and really expensive jewelry shopping, Highland Park Village has reserved a row of its sought-after real estate for local designer merchants.

“While we do have incredible brands known worldwide, we want to support local designers,” said Victoria Snee, chief marketing officer for the 90-year-old shopping center at Preston Road and Mockingbird Lane. “It’s intentional that designers from our community can have a great spot in Highland Park Village.”

The row of shops on the south side of the center’s middle building houses longtime local businesses: Deno’s shoe repair shop (since 1960), Peepers eyewear and optical (1976),

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Dream of Buying a Home Gets Harder for Single Mothers

Mark A. Carlson

Karlet Hewitt decided to make major lifestyle changes after experiencing the shocks of the pandemic: the income hit, the confinement, the view of the padlocked park through her third-floor apartment window. In February, Ms. Hewitt — a single mother to a 9-year-old boy — left Mount Vernon, N.Y., and headed south.

“The goal for me was to buy a home in North Carolina because it was a better market,” she said. But Ms. Hewitt burned through a lot of her savings as she refocused her event-planning business on virtual gatherings, all while home prices shot up.

“Now,” she said, “how does one even entertain this?”

Even without the benefit of a second earner, single mothers — those who have never married — have made up a growing share of home buyers over the past three decades. Although they still lag single fathers and married couples, a quarter of single mothers

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Pop-up shops offer ‘variety’ and ‘vibrancy’ in downtown Colorado Springs | Business

Mark A. Carlson

Holiday shoppers gained a wider selection of stores from which to buy gifts this season after three new pop-up shops opened this month in downtown Colorado Springs.

Mountain Standard Goods, Maggie M Boutique and Good Eye teamed up with the Downtown Partnership advocacy group to set up storefronts inside empty properties for the partnership’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop program.

The program gives business owners a chance to test out running a brick-and-mortar store, while bolstering retail shopping opportunities downtown and filling otherwise vacant spaces.

“Being a small business owner is no small feat,” said Katie Frank, the Downtown Partnership’s economic development director. “So being able to have the opportunity to kind of do a trial run … to get some kinks out and see if they really like it and want to dive head in is just a really good opportunity.”

Sisters Jessie and Hannah Gingrich started Mountain Standard Goods,

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Lakeview’s Love, Charlie Boutique Aims To Offer Uplifting Shopping Experience For Women With Curated, Affordable Options

Mark A. Carlson

LAKEVIEW — When Megan Morrison was unsure of her decision to drop out of speech pathology school to pursue her interest in fashion, it was her grandfather, Charlie Arie, who reassured her.

“I would talk to him about it because I really didn’t know if it was the right thing to do at the time, and he used to hug me in the driveway and say, ‘Don’t worry. You’ll have your own store someday,’” Morrison said.

Those dreams will come true Saturday with the opening of Morrison’s first boutique, Love, Charlie, 3352 N. Paulina St. The store, named after Morrison’s grandfather, pays tribute to Arie, who died in 2009. There are photos of him placed throughout the boutique.

“He and I had a really special relationship, and although he’s no longer here, I think he’s watching down and smiling to see me finally opening my own store,” Morrison said.

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Annual Women’s EXPO in Centereach kicks off holiday shopping

Mark A. Carlson

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Millennial Women Face Shopping Challenge Due to Pandemic, Environment

Mark A. Carlson
  • Many millennial women say they don’t know where to shop now, especially for items like work clothes.
  • Whereas Gen Z still relies on fast-fashion, millennials are trying to shop more sustainably. 
  • “Now, I think people are looking for better options instead of more,” stylist Liz Teich said.

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For Amanda James, the shopping crisis began when it was time to return to the office. 

After 18 months of working from home, James, who works in alumni relations at the University of Louisville, wanted a few new tops to refresh her work wardrobe. But after scouring her go-to stores from the before times, she came up empty-handed. 

“I was looking on Macy’s, I was looking on Loft,” James, 35, told Insider. “I felt like I was

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Women Accused Of Retail Thefts, One Charged With Fleeing Cops

Mark A. Carlson
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Two women have been charged with several retail thefts in Middletown and Newtown townships.

Middletown Township police were dispatched on August 26 around 12:55 p.m. for a retail theft in progress at the Burlington Coat Factory store on Lincoln Highway. The flash over the radio included suspect descriptions consistent with those from other area retail thefts, according to court papers.

Responding officers were advised by staff at the store the suspects had stolen a large amount of merchandise and fled in a red Dodge Neon, police said.

Officers spotted the vehicle a short time later at the Langhorne Square Shopping Center not far away on East Lincoln Highway. The suspects were near the Marshalls’ store with shopping bags, police said.

In court papers, police said the two suspects fled and a chase went from the area into Trenton, where Sasha T. Howard, 30, and Mahogany Danielle Caldwell, 26,

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Two Women Inmates Who “Walked Away” From Job Site Last Month Are Still Unaccounted For

Mark A. Carlson

Two women who were incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ore., are still unaccounted for nearly a month after walking away from a job site at the Oregon Department of Corrections’ commissary building in Salem on Oct. 11.

ODOC spokeswoman Jennifer Black confirms to WW that the agency does not know the whereabouts of Shelly Radan or Brandy Woodward.

“They are still unaccounted for,” Black says, “and we will actively pursue them until they are back in Department of Corrections custody.”

Over three weeks ago, ODOC announced the pair had walked away from an on-site work crew shortly after 9 am on Oct. 11, and that they had last been seen on Lancaster Drive heading toward Dick’s Sporting Goods. That store is located within walking distance of a convergence of freeways, including Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99 and North Santiam Highway.

According to court records, Radan pleaded guilty

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Ladies Day Out: Meadville stores dedicating day of shopping to women | News

Mark A. Carlson

Break out the credit cards and Christmas lists, ladies, because this Sunday downtown Meadville stores are giving a day of shopping dedicated entirely to you.

Meadville Independent Business Alliance’s (MIBA) annual Ladies Day Out returns Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A total of 21 businesses will open its doors, ranging from clothing stores like The Woolen Mill and Harmony Formals, to those designed to satisfy sweet-tooth cravings like Save Room for Dessert and Confections of a Cake Lover.

Christine Yamrick, owner of Chateau Christine, said Ladies Day Out regularly brings 350 to 400 women to downtown Meadville. Many businesses offer special sales or serve free food or drinks during the event.

There’s even a prize drawing for participants. Anyone who takes part in the event can get a punch-card passport and have it stamped at each of the participating businesses. Those who turn in a completed passport will

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Shop for presents at Women’s Biz Net’s Bliss Shopping Boutique & Luncheon

Mark A. Carlson

The Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce Women’s Biz Net will host its annual Bliss Holiday Boutique and Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Makray Memorial Golf Club, 1010 S. Northwest Hwy., Barrington.

This event kicks off the season with preholiday shopping, a plated lunch and live entertainment provided by the Barrington High School Madrigals.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at www.BarringtonChamber.com.

All attendees will receive a free metallic shopping bag and have the opportunity to shop with an array of unique local vendors, including: ANUYU Boutique, B Love Bath Boutique, Defining Moments, Designed by Stacey Jewelry, Fine Jewelry by Karen, Gianelli Designs, Savvy Spirit Women’s Clothing and Accessories, Tastefully Simple and The Sheet Lady, as well as holiday treat vendors Cold Stone Creamery & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Nothing Bundt Cakes, and Popcorn Bar.

For details or tickets, call (847)

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My Amish Home | Doesn’t ‘women shopping’ automatically mean several hours? | Food

Mark A. Carlson

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with lowliness and meekness, and long-suffering, forbearing one another in love. Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism. One God and Father and all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:1-6

The day started out beautifully clear, but now, the clouds seem to be taking over, the wind picked up, and it is chilly. But it is October, you know, even in the second half already, so …

Anyway, yesterday was so very nice. I had tons of laundry. Well, that’s a stretch. But I had lots. I got it done and even mowed

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Ladies Day Out benefit set for Saturday | Local News

Mark A. Carlson

Residents will be given an opportunity to get a head start on their holiday shopping this weekend while also supporting small business owners.

The Ladies Day Out benefit will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

Casey Farmer, an organizer for the event, said the benefit raises money for the White Mills Christian Church building fund. The event is free to customers although donations are accepted at the door. The vendors were charged a flat fee that goes directly toward the church building fund.

“Our building fund is currently in its fourth year of raising money, and we are a little over half way toward the projected cost of a new church,” Farmer said. “… Every penny counts and helps us get a little closer to our projected need of $1 million for the new church.”

More than 50 vendors will be set

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Three nonprofits win shopping spree from United Way of Marquette County

Mark A. Carlson

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) – At Meijer in Marquette Township, local nonprofits of Marquette and Alger counties filled their carts with crucial items.

“{The first portion was} laundry detergent, dish soap, Clorox wipes, and the such just to make sure that our shelter and our offices stay clean,” said Hannah Holma, the Program Director for the Women’s Center. “And then the second portion of it was insuring that our fridge and pantry are stocked.”

The Michigan Income Tax Check-off Fund paid for the trip. The United Way of Marquette County hosted it. It is the organization’s first-ever Basic Needs Shopping Spree.

“When people were filing their 2020 income tax returns, they could do the Voluntary Contribution Form,” explained UWMC’s Program Coordinator, Holly Michelin. “It gives you a chance to donate to I think ten different charities. One of them is the United Way Fund for all of Michigan, and this

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45 gift ideas from her list

Mark A. Carlson

Oprah’s Favorite Things is back for 2021 and available on Amazon right now!

The 67-year-old TV host and entrepreneur has once again blessed us with her famous gift guide and it’s better than ever before. In an announcement for this year’s list, Oprah revealed that 2021 marks her annual gift guide’s 25th year.

“In honor of this milestone we’re going to go big by focusing small,” she said. So, she strategically selected many of the items by focusing on small businesses, women-owned brands and items created by people of color. 

Since the list is pretty extensive the New York Post wanted to make shopping a bit easier on our readers by sifting through the best items on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2021 gift guide. Get a head start on your holiday shopping list or

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We need more women-led outdoor companies

Mark A. Carlson

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This is pretty insane and worth pondering: Last year there were more CEOs of S&P 500 companies named “Michael” or “James” than women of any name. Which is precisely why I started Women-Led Wednesday (WLW). November 24, 2021, marks the fourth annual WLW, an annual shopping holiday that occurs the day before U.S. Thanksgiving designed to support women (and women-identifying individuals) in leadership. 

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Cassie Abel is the co-founder of Wild Rye and Women-led Wednesday.
(Photo: Sofia DeWolfe)

I am the founder of Wild Rye, a women’s outdoor apparel company. I started Women-Led Wednesday just over three years ago when I was at a loss about how to launch our holiday sales program at Wild Rye. 

Black Friday seemed way too consumption-driven (plus we all should

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Wine, Women & Shopping Is Just Around the Corner, Nov. 12 & 13

Mark A. Carlson

Lift your spirits and enjoy festive holiday shopping during the 16th annual Wine, Women & Shopping Event. Since the event announcement, additional items have been added to the fun things to do during WWS:

  • ● $250 Gift Card – Complements of Mykala Mortgage & Planning. A drawing will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 6 pm at The Garden Mill. Entry forms will be available at each of the participating shops and restaurants. The lucky winner will redeem the Gift Certificate at participating businesses.
  • Ballet Chelsea Nutcracker Tickets – 5 sets of 2 adult tickets, will be awarded to 5 lucky entrants. Ballet Chelsea’s Nutcracker performance will be at the George E. Potter Center, on December 11 & 12. Entry forms will be available at Merkel Furniture and Carpet One, and Kitty Face.
  • SculptureWalk Tour, November 13 at 2 pm. SculptureWalk Chelsea is celebrating its 12th year
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Promoting smart fashion for all women, East West Boutique to open storefront in Vandergrift

Mark A. Carlson

They’re two best friends with a passion for fashion.

Alle-Kiski Valley natives Dessie Mitcheson Pilek and Jen Zatko Atchison met as cheerleaders in seventh grade and graduated together from Kiski Area High School in 2009. These days, they are business partners who are expanding their online clothing business — East West Boutique — with a brick-and-mortar location in historic Vandergrift.

The new store, located at 140 Grant Ave., celebrates its grand opening Saturday.

Their business philosophy is about cheering on all women with a message of inclusion and empowerment. “We want to make women feel beautiful and confident in any size,” Atchison said.

After leaving their respective jobs as hairstylist and X-ray technician, the friends started the online version of East West Boutique in May. They began by selling women’s clothing in sizes x-small to 3X through a mobile app and website, shopewb.com/store.

Customers are encouraged to download the

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Saudi women barrel into workforce in changing kingdom

Mark A. Carlson

UNAIZAH, Saudi Arabia, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Stepping out of a shared taxi in central Riyadh, Reham Al-Ahmed walked into the shopping mall where she works four days a week selling cosmetics.

Al-Ahmed, a high school graduate, is the first woman in her family to have a job. Her parents had never wanted her to work but they eventually relented as life in the capital became too expensive.

With steep new taxes and cuts to government subsidies, many families are increasingly relying on women to work. In so doing, women are negotiating a new place for themselves in their country’s delicate social fabric – a trend celebrated by some and watched suspiciously by others in a country still tethered to its conservative traditions.

Al-Ahmed, who lives at home with her parents and five younger siblings, chose a shop with mostly female clients to allay her parents’ concerns about mixing with

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