Five Women-Owned Businesses in Philly

March 4, 2021

There are so many great local businesses in Philly, many of them woman-owned. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on the 8th, we put together a list of a few of our favorite women-owned small businesses in Philly.

Along with being woman-owned, these businesses also promote sustainability, women-empowerment, activism, or community – many of them supporting multiple causes. Read on to learn more about these great Philly businesses:

Alice Alexander

Mary Alice Duff’s lack of clothing options as a fashion-minded, plus-size woman inspired her to create the size-inclusive, ethical fashion brand Alice Alexander. Today, the Philly-based brand provides stylish options for a community that is often ignored by the fashion community, all while remaining environmentally conscious and creating “entry-level, blue-collar jobs for low-income Philadelphians.” Get the latest on the fashion house via their Instagram.

Freedom Apothocary 

Freedom Apothocary is a black woman-founded, women-led skincare boutique focused on clean products. Co-founders Morissa Jenkins and Bonkosi Horn are committed to women’s empowerment – featuring woman-owned skincare and wellness products in their shop. The shop’s brick and mortar location, and the community-building health and wellness programs usually offered there, are currently on pause, but online shopping is still available.

Ashn Earth Florals

Ashn Earth Florals is a sustainable floral design studio owned and operated by Ashley Powell. Ashley created inspired installations, wreaths, and seasonal projects from elements that are either forged or sourced from her close-knit community of local growers. You may recognize her work from our autumnal installation “A Peaceful Moment,” designed and installed by Powell this past fall.

Harriet’s Bookshop

Named after historical heroine Harriet Tubman, Harriet's Bookshop is dedicated to celebrating women authors, women artists, and women activists. The Fishtown bookstore is both women-owned and black-owned and was the site of many community programs and events pre-pandemic. Now, you can browse their women-focused titles and reading lists and even purchase books online or in person.

Dock Street Brewery

Not only is Dock Street Brewery Philadelphia's first microbrewery, but it's also one of the few women-owned breweries in the nation. You can enjoy their wide variety of classic and seasonal brews via delivery or at any of their three locations across Philly.

Try their Citrahood Tangerine IPA: a beer celebrating sisterhood and womxn of all sizes, shapes, backgrounds, beliefs, and gender identity and expressions. Their Dock Street Madam Vice President, in honor of the historic election of Kamala Harris, drops March 5, 2021!

By supporting local, women-owned businesses, we can help empower Philly women creatives, support our local economy, and discover new and unique goods that are unavailable elsewhere. Remember, these are just five of the hundreds of women-owned businesses in Philly. Explore your corner of the city to find women-owned businesses in your neighborhood, and remember to support them even after women’s history month ends.