5 Women Owned Businesses to Support in 2017

If you know anything about me, you probably know that I love women. I want to inspire them, show them love and care, and also support them in whatever way I can - which is why I love to support local Chicago shops, as well as national women owned businesses and communities. Here is a list of boss babes that I love, and ones that I'm going to be starting to love in the new year. Happy 2017, friends!

Cup & Spoon

This sweet little coffee shop is located at the corner of North and Western and has a variety of fun drinks, sandwiches made in house, and treats! The coffee shop is also connected to the gallery space that I had my first show at, and how I originally found out about the place. It's a quiet and relaxed atmosphere for anyone to go in, do work, bring their family, or play games. I go here a lot with Nick, so if you find yourself there maybe we'll run into one another. :) The owner Rosie is there almost every day and plays a serious role in all things going on there, so you know you're in good hands!

The Babetown Collective

The Babetown Collective is a group thatI became involved with this year and is a group that has consistently made me feel loved, heard, and supported. The Babetown Retreat is coming up, and for any creative who is looking for a recharge, a recommitment to themselves, their business, or their art, I would wholeheartedly reccommend taking a look into the retreat. A majority of the content will be available online for those who can't get away for a few days, and it will be taught by no one other than the fiercest of boss babes (and some truly incredible women that I look up to). If you're interested in learning more about reaffirming your love for yourself and your craft, feel free to use my code to $150 off the retreat. code: katharinehannah.

Women and Children First Bookstore

I've always been an avid reader (of the teen angst kind, primarily). I've gone in a few times when I'm in the neighborhood because I love how they focus on diversity, queerness, and inclusion of all. They have events with author readings, feminist craft circles for the upcoming March on Washington, and a fun space for anyone to go and spend some time with books. They have a wide variety of books and authors, and more radical or out there ones than you would usually find at chain bookstores. 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Because who doesn't like sweets? I went to Jeni's over the summer with my friend and was so pleasantly surprised to find that they have vegan flavors! I got the Riesling poached pear sorbet in a waffle cone( which was potentially not vegan but I couldn't help myself}. Oh my gosh, so good. It's definitely a quiet and romantic little spot to check out if you're in one of the neighborhoods where one is located.

BFF Bikes

I won a bike this last year from school (what luck!) but because I won the bike instead of buying it myself, it happened to be a little too big for my apparently short legs. I've been in the market for a new bike to go on rides with Nick in the summer, and BFF Bikes was the first place that I looked into. They're a local Chicago bike store that has bike supplies, bike fittings, and classes for local riders. I haven't been to one of their classes yet or gotten a new bike because it's been so dang cold out, but I plan to once the weather gets nicer. :)

Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.