This One’s For the Girls: Women-Run Businesses Worth Supporting

We asked, you responded. And with fervor, we might add. The Bay Area feels strongly about businesses helmed by women, and we’re here to celebrate those companies.

We posed a question on Instagram Stories—”who is/are your fave women-led business(es),” we wanted to adequately highlight some of the lady-bosses that the community has come to love. Instead of the editors recommending their favorites, we wanted our community’s input. Of course, this list only skims the surface of female business owners; in celebration of International Women’s Day, go out and support your local lady-boss wherever you may roam.



Featuring the styles, the sounds, and the designs of Tunisia, founder Pauline Eveillard has returned to the country every few years to spend time with lifelong friends, foster deep relationships with Tunisia’s entrepreneurs and continue exploring the stories behind the people, places and products of Tunisia. The shop now offers a array of chic and modern designs curated in Tunisian fashion. //


The Good Hop

The Good Hop is your local craft beer bar and bottle shop located just north of Uptown in Oakland, California. The owner Melissa Myers offers 16 constantly rotating, California-focused beers on draft, and 400+ bottles & cans from your favorite independent breweries. They are the perfect combination of neighborhood bar and world class bottle shop, in the heart of the beautiful Bay Area. In addition to being open 7 days a week, they host monthly events highlighting local breweries, beer releases and more. //


As Kneaded

As Kneaded Bakery is a woman-founded artisan bread bakery whose sourdough loaves, French baguettes, challah, and noshes nourish communities across the Bay Area at farmers’ markets, independent grocers, restaurants. As of November, As Kneaded opened their very own brick-and-mortar store in San Leandro—they bake their desired loaves seven days a week. //



Born from the mind and tenacity of Elise Gabriel, Paradox launched beautifully with their signature product, The Marrakesh Liquid Gold, a rose argon oil that brings moisture to the skin, isn’t greasy, and wears beautifully under makeup. Gabriel wants you to know that, “By shopping at Paradox you are supporting a business that is women-founded, women-funded, and woman-run. Thank you for your support!” //


Samudra Skin & Sea

For founder Shilpi Chhotray, the ocean comes first and saving marine plants and species. Samudra was born from a desire to bring the regenerative properties of seaweed to a healthy line of nourishing skincare. Chhotray’s background in ocean conservation and marine science ignited a lifelong desire to protect our blue planet. With every purchase, the team tries to raise awareness of our impact on the ocean and her creatures. //


Hannah Emile

Hannah Emile was founded by Hannah Tatar, a Cleveland native now based in San Francisco. Straight from her craft, the line “celebrates heartfelt, handmade goods that are meant to be used and loved.” With an ethos like that, it’s easy to be on board. Not to mention, the products are reasonably priced and offer everything from beautiful handbags to tastefully designed jewelry. //


Mud Witch

Viviana Matsuda isn’t afraid to take earth and mold it into something therapeutic. Her creations are all drummed up from her imagination and no two are the same—she describes her pieces as “the earth toned pieces are smooth or ruff, some have freckles, and are all so beautiful in their diversity.” Whether it’s a simple coffee mug or something of an abstract flower vase, you’ll investing in one-of-a-kind ceramics. //


Pali Swim

The ladies (Martha and Naomi) of Pali Swim are not shy when it comes to their business ethos: making good shit. The two, who have made splashes in SF and across the Pacific, know their strengths, weaknesses, and areas in which to improve when it comes to being newly found business owners. Pali Swim is a swimwear and lifestyle brand created by two Levi’s alumni with a shared desire for swimwear that never compromises style for functionality, affordability and fit for women of all body types. Our biggest question: what are “Swimterns” and do they need to know how to swim? //



Best friends Christine Yu and Felicity Chen bonded over the multi-use effects of CBD, from there, the brand kicked off into action with it’s staple product, Cannabis Infused Raw Honey. Potli all started with the honey itself. The honey is farmed in hives on Felicity’s property in partnership with a multigenerational beekeeper who has been passionate about beekeeping for the past 30 years. The duo hope to change the emotional response to cannabis in so many from intimidation and uncertainty to excitement and joy. //


Koeppel Design

In 2013, graphic designer Kate Koeppel set out to find a beautiful solution to organize and display her growing vinyl collection. After a lengthy search, she discovered only a few products existed—nearly all of them plastic, ugly, poorly made, or a combination of the three. Now, KOEPPEL DESIGN makes minimal products for the home, designed for audiophiles and music lovers. We make wood record dividers and other handcrafted products to organize, protect and display vinyl records, as well as other types of analog media. //


Sam Lee

Through the beautiful darkness of her work, Sam Lee has translated her craftsmenship into a variety of etchings, ceramics, and illustrations. Sam Lee is a San Francisco pen and ink illustrator. Her subject matter is based around the evolving idea of discovery with each piece pulling inspiration from the mundane to the magnificent. //


Stephanie Intelisano

Stephanie Intelisano is a Mold Maker and Ceramicist living in Oakland, California. She graduated from The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York with a degree in Industrial Design in 2007. Originally, Stephanie moved to the Bay Area in 2011 to continue her work as a Packaging Development Engineer. For the past 7 years Stephanie worked as an engineer and maintained a rigorous studio practice in the evenings and weekends. In early 2018, however, she decided to leave engineering behind to pursue mold making and ceramics full time. And here she is today. //


Shelter Co

Shelter Co. was founded in 2012 by Kelsey & Mike Sheofsky in San Francisco, CA and has produced events in 8 states and counting. From corporate retreats and weddings to music festivals and product launches, their rentals and services bring comfort and style to even the most far flung locations. We mean, who doesn’t love a chic camping tent to get into the wilderness spirit? //


Katie Gong

The woodworker and mother isn’t a stranger to hard work, sweat, and love. Gong is known for her wood sculptures that feature loops within loops. Most coveted by home and interior enthusiasts, Gong keeps busy with her newborn, studio work, and working in tandem with her husband Brett Walker of Leon & George. //


Handy Ma’am

When Bella Weinstein, the founder of Handy Ma’am, felt underwhelmed with the selection of well-made, durable clothing for women in the marketplace—she decided to create her own. Working as a hairstylist, with a ton of hands-on hobbies—woodworking, riding motorcycles, tearing down walls and building new ones—meant she needed workwear that could fit with her can’t-sit-still lifestyle. Today, Weinstein now has a line of aprons, workwear for women of all sizes, and working to raise the bar on functional workwear for women—creating products that look great, fit great, and are built to last. //


Taylor Jay

Founder and CEO, Taylor Jay, began designing fashion for herself during a transitional period of her womanhood when her body was changing significantly in size and shape, and the fashion industry didn’t cater to her journey. She soon discovered that many other women shared the same experience, and what began as a journey of self-discovery has become a promise to all women to empower them with clothing that will adapt to their evolution. Her line now includes a variety of basics to shop and a few capsule collections that are limited edition. //

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