Celebrate Women’s History Month this March! We’ve rounded up a list of women-owned businesses across a variety of sectors in the district to support.
Pen + Brush, 29 East 22nd Street, (212) 475-3669 A 127-year-old publicly supported not-for-profit showcasing the work of excellent female artists and writers with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace. Under the presidency of accomplished writer and suffragist Grace Seton, Pen + Brush became an established legal corporation.
Planthouse Gallery, 55 West 28th Street, (212)-564-5502 Planthouse Gallery was founded in 2013 by Katie Michel, a graphic designer, printer, and publisher. Michel’s mission for Planthouse is to exhibit and publish the contemporary work of emerging and established artists. View the exhibit Mark Johnson: Unsettled Weather from March 3rd through April 9th.
Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street, (917) 722-2439 Poster House is the first museum dedicated to posters in the United States with a mission to showcase posters from all over the world and highlight the history, design, and cultural context. Val Crosswhite organized supporters and founded the museum to recognize the art and social impact of posters.
TADA! Youth Theater, 15 W 28th Street, (212)-252-1619 TADA! was co-founded by Janine Nina Trevens in 1984 who still produces original musicals for children, teens, and family audiences. Tada offers both pre-professional training and youth development as well as musical theatre classes and camps for the public, schools, and community centers. Notable alumni include Jordan Peele, Kerry Washington, and Josh Peck.
Bombay Sandwich Co., 48 West 27th Street, (646) 781-9756 The Indian eatery serves healthy Indian cuisine with bold flavors using fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and roasted herbs and spices. The menu was informed by Bombay Owner Nisha Patel’s Indian heritage and Brooklyn roots that inspired the restaurant’s philosophy of “let thy food be thy medicine.”
The Glass Ceiling & Luminary, 1204 Broadway, (646)-590-3724 The Glass Ceiling is a rooftop communal workspace, restaurant & bar established by Cate Luzio. The Glass Ceiling shares space with Luminary, also founded by Luzio, and is a global professional growth platform and company space for women. The name “the glass ceiling” is a metaphor for empowering women and underrepresented communities to break through that barrier together. Enjoy the restaurant for dinner on weekdays and brunch on weekends.
Honeybrains, 34 West 22nd Street, (917) 472-7682 Honeybrains is a family-owned café with a superfood-packed menu designed to improve brain wellness. At the helm is Co-founder Marisa Seifan, a Filipino-American former federal prosecutor who was inspired to open a restaurant that promotes a healthy body and a healthy brain based on scientific research by neurologists and nutritionists.
maman, 22 West 25th Street, (646) 838-0700 Beloved French café and bakery is home to New York’s famous Nutty Chocolate Chip Cookie and serves a selection of to-stay or to-go breakfast and lunch options. Founder Elisa Marshall conceptualized maman to bring her childhood favorites from the south of France and the U.S. back to life.
Milk Bar, 1196 Broadway, (347)-974-4975 Christina Tosi, a James Beard award-winning pastry chef is the founder and mastermind of Milk Bar. Originally a math major, Tosi found her passion in professional kitchens baking which led to the development of her bakery empire that you can find across NYC, in grocery stores and shipped to your door nationwide.
Mr. Mista Oh, 41 West 24th Street, 646-559-8858 Mr. Mista Oh prides itself on serving authentic Korean flavors and offering customer service that makes you feel like family. The restaurant’s owner, Holly Oh Diamond opened Mr. Mista Oh with her husband. The duo used their savings to open the restaurant to support their family of chefs instead of purchasing their first house.
Om Juice Bar, 62 Madison Avenue, (917) 409-5900 With a strong eye for freshness and health, Om Juice Bar touts its juices and smoothies as mindfully delicious and made with organic produce. Inspired by a meditation retreat, founder Anastasia Kulinich felt compelled to open her own juice bar after experiencing the wellness benefits of adopting a plant-based diet herself.
Taïm, 64 West 22nd Street, (212) 966-7364 The acclaimed Tel Aviv-inspired vegetarian and kosher restaurant offers signature falafel and cauliflower shawarma to both vegetarians and carnivores alike. Founder Einat Admony realized many people did not know exactly what Israeli/Jewish food looked like, and she wished to change that.
Karma Kids Yoga, 16 West Madison Square West, 12th Floor, (646) 638-1444 Founded by Shari Vilchez-Blatt, Karma Kids Yoga teaches children a variety of yoga tools they can take away from class and use in everyday life – inner strength, confidence, self-esteem, and respect for others. In-person private indoor group classes and live interactive classes on Zoom and Instagram Live for children, family, and prenatal yoga practice are available. Register here.
Souk Studio, 12 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor Rima Rabbath founded Souk NYC in March 2020 when she launched the Souk Zoom Room, which developed into a strong online community leading her to open a physical studio with multiple yoga practitioners. Souk is a gathering space for yoga practice, community, and connectivity for the mind and body. Check out in-person classes and livestream classes.
Stretch*d, 27 West 20th Street, (212)-548-6500 Stretch*d, the premier one-on-one assisted stretching studio was founded by Amanda Freeman and Vanessa Chu. A wellness entrepreneur, Freeman saw how hard it was to find a stretching studio and decided to fill that void by creating the ultimate stretching experience. Chu, a lifelong athlete and certified yoga instructor with a former career in investment banking, knows how important a good stretch is for your body and mind. Book your appointment here.
Y7 Studio, 25 West 23rd Street, (646) 820-0781 Y7 set out to make yoga practice inclusive and accessible. Founder Sarah Levey started the concept because of her own frustrations with yoga studios that she visited stating that she would often feel uncomfortable, inadequate, and desperate for some fun. Livestream and on-demand classes available via the Y7 app.
10/10 Optics, 50 Madison Avenue, (212)-510-8183 Co-Founder of 10/10 Optics Ruth Domber has been helping clients transform their eyewear from the ordinary to the exceptional for more than 30 years. Domber’s eyewear expertise, passion for quality eye care, and positive manner has kept clients returning for decades. Head to 10/10 Optics for an eyewear makeover from their curated designer collection. Book an eyewear appointment here.
Project Gaia NYC, 57 West 21st Street, (917)-639-3958 The multi-brand concept store Project Gaia NYC was co-founded by Danielle Salinas and Shriya Bisht-Misra. Project Gaia NYC serves as a platform for up-and-coming artists and designers to showcase innovative and sustainable brands from lifestyle, beauty, home, and apparel. Shop in-store and online.
Flatiron Pediatrics, 27 East 22nd Street, (212) 460-5600 In the neighborhood since 2014, Flatiron Pediatrics specializes in exceptional medical care for kids and strives to build a beautiful, welcoming, comfortable space that clients enjoy visiting. The practice was founded by Dr. Victoria Riese, a pediatrician who has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience over the course of a career that spans nearly a decade. Appointments available.
Gotham Glow, 1123 Broadway #417, (212) 592-0368 In the neighborhood since 2011, Gotham Glow is an airbrush tanning salon and industry leader in the New York City area. The salon was founded by owner Tamar Vezirian and is well-known for creating an effective tanning formula that doesn’t give off an unpleasant odor and is FDA-approved. The studio is currently open and offering in-salon and mobile tanning sessions. Book appointments here.
Silver Mirror Facial Bar, 20 West 22nd Street, (212) 702-8742 Silver Mirror is a popular facial bar that offers unique and customized treatments designed to target and address your skincare concerns. Co-founder Cindy Kim’s extensive experience in the beauty industry made her realize that something was missing in the world of achieving better skin. Thus, Silver Mirror was founded with her partner Matt Maroone, and the studio set out to provide frequent treatments in the form of fast and affordable facials. You can book an appointment here.
sundays nail studio, 51 East 25th Street, (646) 998-5711 sundays nail studio set out to revolutionize the traditional manicure with custom-designed non-toxic vegan, cruelty-free nail polish in a space fit for meditation. Founder Amy Ling conceptualized the studio after her experience in beauty school and working as a chemist to study nail care products upon receiving her MBA from Columbia University. You can browse their online shop for nail polish kits, new hand cream, and make appointments for manicures where you bring your own non-toxic nail polish.
WTHN, 20 West 22nd Street, (646) 558-9846 An acupuncture studio and herbal shop meant to be ultra-modern, personalized, and convenient for you. The studio was founded by Michelle Larivee, an acupuncture advocate, and Dr. Shari Auth, a holistic health practitioner. You can shop online for herbs and wellness products and book your appointmentfor acupuncture sessions.