October is National Women-Owned Business Month, and we can’t let it pass without celebrating some of the incredible women entrepreneurs in Richmond, Virginia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 13,200 women-owned businesses in Richmond in 2021, a number which only continues to grow with each year. From tech startups to retail boutiques, women-owned businesses are a vital part of the Richmond economy. Here are just a few of the many women-owned businesses in Richmond that are making a difference in the community.

Women-owned business, Mamie's Apothecary in Richmond's Carytown shopping district

Mamie’s Apothecary

Mamie’s Apothecary and Lex’s of Carytown

This pair of businesses are both owned by Lisa McSherry and sit side-by-side in the heart of Carytown.

Inspired by and named for McSherry’s late mother, Mamie’s Apothecary is a modern-day apothecary that carefully curates natural self-care and lifestyle items to encourage a toxic-free lifestyle. Lex’s of Carytown has been the go-to dress destination for Richmonders since 1996, serving equal parts looks and style, Lex’s also has a dress registry that ensures you’re the only one rocking your gown at the event.


Joyebells Sweet Potato Pies

Armed with her great-great-great-grandmother’s sweet potato pie recipe that had been passed down through six generations, Joye Moore has built a thriving pie business. Today, those pies can be found not only in local Richmond markets and shops but also nationwide in Sam’s Club and Food Lion stores as well as on QVC.

women-owned business pop of confetti in Richmond, VA carytown

Pop of Confetti

Pop of Confetti

Celebrating life’s little moments with community, art, and lots of heart is at the core of everything owner Alison Smith-Mackey does. Through her Carytown boutique, Pop of Confetti, she creates platforms and opportunities for emerging artists, makers, and brands.


Jade Multicultural Salon

A true community partner, Jade Multicultural Salon is built upon the pillars of empowerment, education, compassion and empathy, service and respect. Owner Jaida Cureton has even taken community engagement one step further with the creation of a non-profit in 2019 that works tirelessly to ensure opportunities for community members who deserve exposure and equity.

Women-owned business Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, VA

Crossroads Art Center

Crossroads Art Center

Crossroads Art Center provides a comprehensive platform for art lovers, featuring the works of over 225 emerging and established mid-Atlantic artists. Art lovers can browse through the collection on their online shopping forum or visit their spacious showroom. An artist herself, owner, Jenni Kirby, is dedicated to making Crossroads a cultural hub in Richmond’s thriving arts community.


In a world where women are often overtaxed, caring for children and aging parents simultaneously, all while still working outside the home, founder Paige Wilson knew there had to be a better way. Naborforce was born as a platform for connecting older adults needing light support and companionship with mission-driven people in the community seeking flexible income and a desire to help our aging population.


Capital Chips Fine Foods and Gifts

Capital Chips was initially launched by owner Jennifer Davidson in a she-shed located in her backyard, as a way for her to spend more time with her school-aged children. The chips quickly became popular and outgrew both the she-shed and a production facility located in Midlothian. Recently, Capital Chips Fine Foods and Gifts opened its doors in Lakeside, offering a storefront where customers can purchase the chips alongside other locally-sourced foods and gifts.