List #2: Six Small Businesses to Support this Holiday Season

It’s been over a week since Small Business Saturday, but if you’re like me, you’re not done with your holiday shopping yet.  That’s good news!  There’s still time to put your money into small businesses owned by women and people of color.  Below is a list of my favorites, all of which are walkable to me – i.e., in northeast D.C.  However, note that there are large lists of businesses owned by women and POC for folks living in the DMV area here and here, and that there’s a listing of relevant state information here.

  1. Souk – Start your day off at Souk, owned by Dr. Winette McIntosh Ambrose.  Souk has amazing coffees, teas, and pastries, as well as a variety of spices and beautiful kitchen supplies that are sure to please the foodie in your life.  For a preview, follow Souk on Instagram… and then dash right there to energize your shopping excursion with an inventive Green Tea or Golden Milk croissant.
  2. Hill’s Kitchen – Speaking of foodies, Hill’s Kitchen, owned by Leah Daniels and recently celebrating its tenth anniversary, is a must-see.  It’s a great place to get both little details to make your holiday special, and to purchase larger items to build out your kitchen collection.  They also have gift cards, which are perfect for folks celebrating milestones like moves, weddings, or births.
  3. HunnyBunny Boutique – Self-care is essential during the holidays, and HunnyBunny Boutique helps you do it in a healthy and holistic way.  Owners Nya & Zuri, two young women who have already won awards for their innovative work, collaborate with their parents to create beautiful soaps, scrubs, bath bombs, lotions, and other wellness essentials.
  4. East Side Yoga – Wellness for all is essential to the philosophy of East Side Yoga, which Alia J. Khan created to share the benefits of the “life-changing practice” of yoga.  East Side Yoga offers a variety of courses for all levels at different times of the day, so a stop there is easy to fit into your holiday shopping.  East Side Yoga also offers retreats, custom parties, and yoga gear, and periodic events for its members.  Yoga/cello/wine?  Kitten yoga?  They’ve got it!  With their gift cards, you can let the yogi in your life choose their own adventure.
  5. Sweet Lobby – This is another fantastic business by Souk owner Dr. Winette McIntosh Ambrose.  The award-winning cupcakes and macarons at this bakery are better than any other in D.C. – or, IMHO, anywhere – and they do both local and national delivery.  Take a break from your holiday shopping by grabbing a treat here – or get a dozen or more to share with your friends.
  6. Radici – Let’s end our day at Radici, a lovely eatery and market owned by Bridget Thibodeau Sasso.  Radici is family-friendly – I’ve brought my own kid there since he was a baby – and offers a variety of local and Italian products, including wines, cheeses, pastas, and treats.  If you’re too busy holiday-prepping to cook, Radici offers delicious meals you can eat there or take home as well.

What are your favorite women- and POC-owned businesses, and how do you find them?  Happy holidays!

A coffee mug with a cardinal on it in front of a Christmas tree.

My favorite festive coffee mug from Hill’s Kitchen.