Championing supporting our local businesses will never not be a priority for us at Culture Crusaders, but what hits home even further is spotlighting those that are run by women. As a female-owned and operated small business ourselves, we know that supporting our fellow females is essential for more representation in the local economic space. So, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re letting you in on some of our absolute favorites around town:
With a storefront opened in 2010 in South Miami, and the online store launched in 2015, Vanessa leads a team of women to inspire other women to live in effortless style. All clothing and accessories at OHM Boutique sold are handpicked by Vanessa, whose warmth and generosity is carried over into her staff, who continue to offer a concierge style experience with every visit. The unique and limited selection of items allow for an ever-changing storefront and online store. However, the warmth of the OHM team is unwavering.
This jewelry brand provides meaningfully personalized and hand crafted pieces, with all all-female team. Tiffany is the founder and force behind this local brick and mortar, which has become a wildly popular online seller. Part of the beauty behind Taudrey’s mission is her commitment to cultivating female empowerment and providing beautiful and delicate pieces, in addition to providing warm service and positive messaging.
This rustic bakeshop and café was founded by Naomi, who fell in love with artisan bread making and studied across the US and Europe to hone her technique. Naomi mills her own flour and is the force behind a staff of warm individuals who provide stellar service (currently for pick-up only) in Coral Gables. Madruga Bakery‘s commitment to respectful environmental practices, through their ingredient sourcing, packaging and cleaning products is commendable. Naomi and her team have truly embedded themselves as part of the community.
With its original location in Coral Gables, and now South Miami and Brickell, this café was inspired by the Melbourne café scene of part-owner Teresa, who along with her husband brought this concept to Miami in 2014. Specialty coffee is a major part of the Threefold mission, but this company offers so much more. Their mainly locally sourced ingredients, commitment to equitable pay for their staff and community response to COVID-19 (providing grocery deliveries and pick-ups throughout Miami), make them a true gem to our city.
With a mission to provide “real food, cooked slow for fast people,” grown is a passion project for Shannon, who continues to evolve and develop her nutrient-dense, farm-to-fork cuisine in Miami. Her concept incorporates organic, local and sustainable ingredients, with a commitment to inspire healthier eating, both in house and with their drive-thru concept. The concept evolved from her experience of prepping healthy pre-game meals for her husband Ray Allen, in addition to the family’s commitment to supporting Type 1 Diabetes education and research, honoring their young son.
This beautiful salon in Pinecrest is founded by Sharra, who wanted to create a home for female independent creatives to flourish and honor their craft. You can feel the passion behind her mission, from the detailed salon aesthetics and her hospitable nature. She personally offers a wide variety of hair services, including her curly hair expertise and coloring technique. The quality of her work most definitely speaks for itself, but the experience you receive in her A Little Off the Top salon home will be your reason for returning.
A Little Off the Top
Sana Skin Studio – Miami’s clean skincare heaven.
Friends of The Underline – The 10+ mile linear park that will transform the way Miamians move about their city.
Three Muses – this sustainable clothing brand just launched their first capsule collection of five beige pieces ready to mix and match.
Mano – Clean nail care is rare these days, and this Midtown favorite specializes in nail art to boot.
Peel Soft Serve – The soft serve of our dreams made with banana and coconut milk. Their soft serve machine is never out of order, if you know what we mean.
Vital Tonics – Founded by Natalie Bustamante, Vital tonis is the only brand that creates water-soluble and nano CBD products.
Pao Jewelry – Raphaelle Paolini started making bracelets during the pandemic as a way to send some love to our healthcare workers.
Sweat Records – What else can we say about this beloved musical stronghold? Everything they stand for is exactly what we love most about this city.
Frangipani Boutique – This gift store owned by Jennifer Frehling sources sustainable stuff in more categories than you could imagine, offering everything from organic pima cotton ties to candles covered in plantable wildflower seed paper.
Cover photo via Coral Gables Magazine.
Hey! I’m Deanndria. You can find me eating all over Miami, sweating on the pavement with a running stroller, or helping other women find their strength through movement. @xodeanndria for all my loves. @cmpilates if you wanna move with me.
Emily Piltzer is a journalist and creative director. Born in France and raised in Italy she loves traveling, all things cultural, and reading. Follow her on @literaryviews for book recommendations and on @calmvibes20 for photography!