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. :)