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3/16/23

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.

Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM-7 PM; Saturday, 12-8 PM

Find more information about Adiva Naturals here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

BareSOUL Yoga

13 S. 13th Street

Owner: Ashley Williams

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 AM-8 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 8 AM-6 PM

Find more information about BareSOUL Yoga here!

Bar Solita

123 W. Broad Street

Owner: Liz Kincaid

Neighborhood: Arts District

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

Hours: Monday-Friday, 5-10 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-10 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-3 PM

Find more information about Bar Solita 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.

Hours: Monday + Wednesday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM; Saturday, 9 AM- 2 PM; Sunday 12-3 PM

Find more information about Basket & Bike here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Blue Sage Bridal

20 E. Main Street

Owner: Noelle Parent

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: Downtown Richmond's first sample and consignment bridal boutique.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-2 PM

Find more information about Blue Sage Bridal here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11 AM-6:30 PM; Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM; Sunday, 11 AM-4 PM

Find more information about the Book Bar RVA here!

Buna Kurs

Owner: Lily Fasil

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

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

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 7 AM-3 PM

Find more information about the Buna Kurs here!
 Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Cafe Beignet RVA

3 N. 17TH STREET

Owner: Brittany Williams

Neighborhood: Shockoe Bottom

What You'll Find: Signature beignets and lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch specials with Cajun-style dishes like red beans and rice, gumbo and more!

Hours: Thursday-Friday, 11 AM-5 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM-3 PM

Find more information about Cafe Beignet here!
 Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Wednesdays, 12-5 PM; Thursday-Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM

Find more information about Café Synai 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.

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 5:30-10 PM

Find more information about Chez Foushee here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1-7 PM; Saturday, 1-5 PM

Find more information about Elegba Folklore Society here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Flourish Spaces

221 E. Clay Street

Owner: Stevie McFadden

Neighborhood: Jackson Ward

What You'll Find: A showroom featuring artwork, furnishings, textiles and libraries plus a second-floor design studio.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM

Find more information about Flourish Spaces here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11 AM-6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM

Find more information about Fountain Bookstore here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 AM-8 PM; Saturday, 8-10:30 AM; Sunday, 9-10:30 AM

Find more information about Hour Cycle Studio here!

Hound Paint

215 W. 7th Street

Owner: Niki Milanovic Lowry

Neighborhood: Manchester

What You'll Find: Exceptional customer service and premium paint formulas and samples.

Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM- 3 PM

Find more information about Hound Paint here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4:30-9 PM; Friday-Saturday, 4:30-9:30 PM

Find more information about Julep's here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 AM-8 PM

Find more information about Luv My Hair here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM-7 PM

Find more information about Leek & Thistle here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 AM-8 PM; Friday-Saturday, 11 AM-9 PM

Find more information about Mama J's here!

Maple Bourbon

1116 E. Main Street

Owner: Jaynell Pittman-Shaw

Neighborhood: Financial District

What You'll find: A straightforward café serving Southern comfort food and signature chicken & waffles.

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM

Find more about Maple Bourbon here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Maven Made

1321 1/2 E. Main Street

Owner: Bethany Frazier

Neighborhood: Financial District

What You'll Find: Plant-based skincare and wellness products ranging from serums to body elixirs.

Hours: Saturday, 11 AM-4 PM

Find more information about Maven Made here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Maya

525 E. Grace Street

Owner: Maria Oseguera

Neighborhood: Monroe Ward

What You'll Find: Modern Mexican fare featuring small plates, upscale entrees and the perfect setting for a night out or a lunch meeting.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-9 PM; Friday-Saturday, 12-10 PM; Sundays, 12-9 PM

Find more information about Maya here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Mod & Soul

323 W. Broad Street

Owner: Jasmina Zulic

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: Bohemian and contemporary styles in women's fashion and accessories under $100.

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 AM-6 PM

Find more information about Mod & Soul here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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 about Mise En Place here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Ms. Bee's Juice Bar at The Valentine

1015 E. CLAY STREET

Owner: Brandi Battle-Brown

Neighborhood: Court End

What You'll Find: Healthy options like delicious and nutritious smoothies, salads, soups, fresh-pressed juices and more.

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM-3 PM

Find more information about Ms. Bee's here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 AM-10 PM

Find more information about Native Plate here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Wednesdsay, 10 AM-7 PM; Thursday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM; Saturday, 9 AM-3 PM

Find more information about Parlor Salon here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Quirk Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM

The Lobby Bar Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 7 AM-9 PM; Friday-Saturday, 7 AM-10 PM

Find more information about Quirk here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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 about Richmond Free Press here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Friday, 11 AM-6 PM; Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM; Sunday, 11 AM-4 PM

Find more information about Shockoe Bottom Clay here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM

Find more information about Sefton Coffee Co. here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

The Someday Shop

22 E. Broad Street

Owner: Audie McDougall

Neighborhood: Arts District

What You'll Find: A home goods store that sells handmade homewares, vintage items and plants.

Hours: Thursday-Friday, 11 AM-4 PM; Saturday, 12-5 PM; Sunday, 12-4 PM

Find more information about Someday Shop here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 5-9 PM; Friday-Saturday, 12-9 PM; Sunday, 12-7 PM

Find more information about Southern Kitchen here!

Sprezza Cucina

111 Virginia Street

Owner: Angela Petruzzelli

Neighborhood: Shockoe Slip

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

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 AM-2 PM + 5-9 PM; Saturday, 5-9 PM

Find more information about Sprezza 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.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5:45-9 AM, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, 5-8:30 PM; Friday, 5:45-9 AM, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, 5-7 PM; Saturday, 7:30 AM-12:30 PM; Sunday, 8:30 AM-12 PM

Find more information about Square Code Fitness here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Downtown Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-7 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM

Manchester Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9 AM-8 PM; Thursday-Saturday, 9 AM-9 PM; Sunday, 10 AM-4 PM

Find more information about Stella's Grocery here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM

Find more information about Sugar & Salt here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 AM-11 PM; Friday-Saturday, 11 AM-12 AM

Find more information about Sweet Spot 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.

Hours: Thursday-Friday, 6:30-9:30 PM; Saturday-Sunday, 10 AM-9:30 PM

Find more information about Sweet Wynns here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7 AM-7 PM

Find more information about Urban Farmhouse here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 AM-2 PM

Find more information about Urban Hang Suite here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

Verdalina

325 W. Broad Street

Owner: Deborah Boschen

Neighborhood: Arts District

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

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 AM-5 PM; Sunday, 12-4 PM

Find more information about Verdalina here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 12-4 PM

Find more information about Whilom Goods here!
Women-Owned Businesses to Check Out in Downtown Richmond

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.

Hours: Reservations are available Wednesday-Sunday

Find more information about Wick & Sip here!