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2/27/24

Meet The Women Running Downtown Richmond

Check out our list of women-owned stores, shops and restaurants in downtown Richmond that you can support when you shop and dine local in RVA.

1708 Gallery

319 W. Broad Street

Owner: Emily Smith

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A nonprofit arts organization founded to empower artists’ ideas and voices.

Find more information here!

5th & Main: A Hodgepodge

422 E. Main Street

Owner: Katherine Bowles

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: Curated collection antiques, gifts and accessories.

Find more information here!

Adiva Naturals

1802 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Nadira Chase

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: Natural products like bath bombs, hair care, skincare sets and more.

Find more information here!

Art Works

320 Hull Street

Owner: Glenda Kotchish

Neighborhood: Manchester

What You'll Find: 4 galleries and 80 artists' studios full of art and hand made creations.

Find more information here!

BareSOUL Yoga/The Well Collective

13 S. 13th Street

Owner: Ashley Williams

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find at BareSOUL Yoga: A yoga and meditation studio offering space for the mind, body, soul and community.

What You'll Find at The Well Collective: A wellness center offering holistic healing services, workshops and space rentals.

Find more information here and more about The Well Collective here!

Basic City RVA

212 W. 6th Street

Owner: Sara Nass

Neighborhood: Manchester

What You'll Find: Delicious brews, great views of the city, and tons of fun in their game room.

Find more information here!

Basket & Bike

1301 E. Cary Street

Owner: Anne Poarch

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: A chance for recreation, exercise, and good times while exploring our beautiful city from a unique perspective.

Find more information here!

Bellos Lounge

1712 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Donna Scott-Dadzie

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: Tasty African Caribbean fusion cuisine with a hot late night experience.

Find more information here!

Blue Sage Bridal

20 E. Main Street

Owner: Noelle Parent

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: The only consignment and sample bridal boutique located in Richmond.

Find more information here!

The Book Bar RVA

1311 E. MAIN STREET

Owner: Krystle Dandridge

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: A bookstore that provides readers with an experience that centers Black, indigenous and people-of-color authors, a bar that sells wine by the bottle, tastings, author events, quarterly book subscription boxes, a Book Bar Book Club and more.

Find more information here!

Buna Kurs

Owner: Lily Fasil

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: Authentic Ethiopian cuisine, pastries and beverages in a cozy environment.

Find more information here!

Café Synai

416 N. 1ST STREET

Owner: Lauren Frisby

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: Customer favorites like coconut pie and salmon paninis along with signature vegan sweets and jar desserts.

Find more information here!

Cheddar Jackson

Owner: Debbie Jackson

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: Gourmet grilled cheese paninis with vegan and dairy options, house made soups and sweet treats.

Find more information here!

Chez Foushee

2 E. Grace Street

Owner: Whitney Cardozo

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: Seasonal French cuisine and cocktails in an elegant yet cozy setting.

Find more information here!

Elegba Folklore Society

101 E. Broad Street

Owner: Janine Bell

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: Artistic, educational experiences with high-quality art, spoken word, dance and musical performances bringing awareness to cultural roots across the African diaspora.

Find more information here!

Dog House Cat

Owner: Ashley Smiley

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A curated selection of the best finds for your four legged friends.

Find more information here!

Elegant Cuizines

415 W. Grace Street

Owner: Theresa Headen

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A from-scratch restaurant focusing on dairy and gluten-free dishes.

Find more information here!

En Theos

Owner: Amanda Gilman

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: Highly desired womens fashion pieces with limited quantities.

Find more information here!

Field Floral

Owner: Lee Matalone

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A private floral studio crafting modern arrangements for everyone.

Find more information here!

Fountain Bookstore

1312 E. Cary Street

Owner: Kelly Justice

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: A staple RVA bookstore with an endless selection of books ranging from fiction, nonfiction and more.

Find more information here!

Gallery5

200 W. Marshall Street

Founder: Amanda Robinson

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: An arts center, museum, gallery, venue, and community space all-in-one.

Find more information here!

Green Vibes RVA

1716 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Ariane McKeller Crosby

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: A seasonal plant pop-up shop offering potted plants, accessories and care instruction.

Find more information here!

The Hive Bar, Grill & Market

23 W. Marshall Street

Owner: Brandi Battle-Brown

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: A buzzing bar and grill with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options aside a market with to-go options and juices.

Find more information here!

Hour Cycle Studio

209 N. 3rd Street

Owner: Jenn Braswell

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: An inclusive, indoor cycling environment featuring Black instructors and hip hop music with package offers and single sessions starting at only $20.

Find more information here!

Jewfro

1721 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Nar Hovnanian

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: A Jewish/African deli and coffee shop by day and culinary journey through two robust cultures by night.

Find more information here!

Julep's

420 E. Grace Street

Owner: Amy Cabaniss

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: A new and elevated take on your favorite Southern dishes like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits and more.

Find more information here!

Leek & Thistle

2112 E. MAIN STREET

Owner: Mela Jones

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: Fresh-made, frozen and grab & go meals making it a great choice if you’re looking for a delicious, ready-to-heat lunch or dinner.

Find more information here!

The Len

15 N. 17th Street

Owners: Tiffany Cole and Adrienne Cole Johnson

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: An industrial, artistic and soulful event space at the 17th Street Market.

Find more information here!

Lily Black/Canvas the Salon

212 E. Clay Street

Owner: Jevata Herman Bagby

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find:

Find more information about Lily Black here and more about Canvas the Salon here!

The Loft

200 W. Marshall Street, Floor 2

Owner: Jennie Carbone

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: A historic event venue with striking original windows, exposed brick, lofty ceilings, and modern amenities.

Find more information here!

Luv My Hair

105 E. Main Street

Owner: Katrina Pascal

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: An upscale and chic salon featuring Pascal's go-to styling and 20+ years of experience in the hair care business.

Find more information here!

Mama J's Kitchen

415 N. 1ST Street

Owner: Velma Johnson

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: A family-owned and operated business in the Historic Jackson Ward neighborhood with a menu full of mouth-watering favorites like catfish, corn muffins, and peach cobbler.

Find more information here!

Luxe New American Bar & Grill

1331 E. Cary Street

Owner: Princess Harris

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: A from-scratch kitchen with entrees such as cajun honey fried lobster tails and crab meat stuffed lamb chops.

Find more information here!

Mise En Place

104 SHOCKOE SLIP

Owner: Christine Wansleben

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: One-of-a-kind culinary experiences through cooking classes, virtual events and private events.

Find more information here!

Moving Mountains Tattoo Collective

20 E. Broad Street

Owner: Lake Stepehens

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A different kind of tattoo experience, to heal your soul and cultivate growth and art within one’s life.

Find more information here!

Native Plate

1203 E. MAIN STREET

Owner: Lorna Bedford

Neighborhood: Financial District

What You'll Find: A colorful and cozy spot offering global street food with Asian and American influences using fresh ingredients in dishes like Duck Bao Buns, Sashimi, Bulgogi BBQ, Vietnamese Spring Rolls and more.

Find more information here!

Parlor Salon

115 W. Broad Street

Owner: Mahri Jones

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A craft hair salon offering top-tier services to anyone with hair.

Find more information here!

OMG OCPs

3 N. 17th Street

Owner: Erin Kennedy

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: Deliciously tasty oatmeal cream pies that will leaving you saying 'OMG!'

Find more information here!

Quirk Hotel & Gallery

201 W. Broad Street

Owner: Katie Ukrop

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: One of the nation's most beloved, boutique hotels with a gallery and gift shop full of work from local and international artists.

Find more information here!

Richmond Free Press

Owner: Jean Boone

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: A free, weekly newspaper that aims to break down the barriers between readers and the news.

Find more information here!

RVA Hospitality

Multiple locations

Owner: Liz Kincaid

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find at And Dim Sum: A fun take on Modern Chinese with creative cocktails.

What You'll Find at Bar Solita: Vacation vibes and flavorful dishes from all over the world.

What You'll Find at Tarrant's Cafe: Upscale American in a cozy former pharmacy with tin ceilings, wooden booths & chandeliers.

Find more information about And Dim Sum here, more about Bar Solita here, and more about Tarrant's Cafe here!

Rushing Blooms

Owner: Svetlana Green

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: Locally sourced fresh and preserved floral arrangements and stems.

Find more information here!

Shockoe Bottom Clay

1714 E. Main Street

Owner: Susan Gaible

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: A studio and gallery showcasing and selling the ceramic works of 30+ regional artists.

Find more information here!

Sefton Coffee Company

24 N. 8th Street

Owner: Jennie Skinner

Neighborhood: Financial District

What You'll Find: A coffee roastery featuring locally made pastries with gluten free options, freshly prepared sandwiches and creative coffee drinks.

Find more information here!

Sincero

404 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Karen Negvesky

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: Seasonal small plates influenced by Mexican flavors and traditions.

Find more information here!

Southern Kitchen

541 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Shane Roberts-Thomas

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: Your favorite dishes from the South like fried okra, shrimp po' boys, catfish and more.

Find more information here!

Sprezzina

1719 E. Franklin Street

Owner: Angela Petruzzelli

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: Fresh and delicious puglia-style lasagna bolognese, pasta, pastries, sandwiches and desserts.

Find more information here!

Square Code Fitness

1315 E. Main Street

Owner: Kellie Mega

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: Unique workouts formatted to target a different human body energy system with each class.

Find more information here!

Stella's Grocery

109 E. Grace Street & 609 Hull Street

Owner: Katrina Giavos

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward and Manchester

What You'll Find: Gourmet Greek products, prepared foods, baked goods, beer, wine and more.

Find more information here!

Sugar & Salt RVA

416 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Sara Ayyash

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: A premier bakery specializing in one-of-a-kind cakes and confections of all kinds.

Find more information here!

Studio Two Three

Owner: Ashley Hawkins

Neighborhood: Manchester

What You'll Find: Nonprofit arts center with studio access for artists of all levels, plus classes, exhibits & a shop.

Find more information here!

Sweet Spot Ice Cream Café

6 N. 18TH STREET

Owner: Sabrina Fitz

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: 40+ ice cream flavors, coffee and more sweet treats.

Find more information here!

Sweet Wynns

1209 E. Main Street

Owner: Taryn Wynn

Neighborhood: Financial District

What You'll Find: An ice cream making workshop that focuses on teaching customers how to create premium ice creams from scratch.

Find more information here!

The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café

1217 E. Cary Street

Owner: Kathleen Richardson

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: Locally sourced and organic foods, fair trade coffees and teas and a cozy atmosphere.

Find more information here!

Urban Hang Suite

304 E. Broad Street

Owner: Kelli Lemon

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A social café offering culture and connection to go with your Boss Latte.

Find more information here!

Verdalina

325 W. Broad Street

Owner: Deborah Boschen

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: Sustainable and designer women's clothing and accessories.

Find more information here!

Virginia Mercantile

309 N. Adams Street

Owner: Robin Moser

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: Specially curated local goods that will stand the test of time.

Find more information here!

Whilom Goods

1 N. 2nd Street

Owner: Whitney Kuhn

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: Thoughtfully sourced goods at affordable prices in a cozy Monroe Ward storefront.

Find more information here!

Wick & Sip Candle Lounge

1321 1/2 E. MAIN STREET

Owner: Brianna Earl

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

What You'll Find: Custom candle creations made for you by you! Pick your vessel, choose your favorite scent and enjoy complimentary wine with your candlemaking experience.

Find more information here!

If a business you love is missing from our list, please let us know.