Richmond is home to an abundance of women-owned businesses in a wide range of industries, from delightful eateries to unique shopping experiences and engaging activities. There’s no better time than Women’s History Month to celebrate and support these incredible businesses. By supporting women-owned businesses, you not only boost the local economy but also empower and promote gender equality in the business world. Here’s your guide to celebrating and supporting just a few of the many women-owned businesses in Richmond.

the patio of Julep's in downtown Richmond

Julelp’s New Southern Cuisine

Places to Eat

Richmond’s culinary scene is vibrant and diverse, with many women leading the charge. Here are some must-visit spots:

  • Chez Foushee: Offers an elegant dining experience with a menu inspired by French cuisine in a charming setting.
  • Elegant Cuizines: Specializes in beautifully crafted, innovative, dairy-free dishes that are exciting to the palate.
  • Julep’s New Southern Cuisine: Provides a modern twist on Southern classics, emphasizing fresh, local ingredients.
  • Lolita’s: A culinary gem that brings exciting, contemporary Mexican cuisine rooted in tradition to the heart of Carytown.
  • Native Plate: Dishes inspired by global street food with Asian and American influences.
  • OMG OCPs: Known for their irresistible and innovative homemade oatmeal cream pies that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • Perk! Coffee and Lunchbox: Perfect for coffee and lunch breaks, with a warm, welcoming vibe.
  • Rostov’s Coffee and Tea: Richmond’s oldest roaster, and the go-to spot for coffee aficionados, offering expertly roasted beans and a cozy atmosphere.
  • Ruby Scoops: A local favorite for ice cream lovers, serving up unique premium small-batch flavors of ice creams, sorbets, and sherbets.
  • SBs Loveshack: A cozy and inviting eatery known for its eclectic decor and hearty, comforting breakfast dishes.
  • ShoreDog Café: A casual spot perfect for breakfast or lunch, featuring a farm-to-table menu anchored by hand-crafted beverages and freshly caught seafood.
  • Tablespoons Bakery: Offers a delightful assortment of baked goods, from cookies to custom cakes while celebrating the potential of young adults with developmental disabilities to achieve and succeed.
A woman with wine bottles

Second Bottle Wine Shop

Places to Shop

Richmond boasts an array of women-owned shops where you can find everything from unique gifts to everyday essentials.

  • Beasties: Offers a unique selection of gifts, including Richmond souvenirs and local products.
  • Capital Chips Fine Foods & Gifts: Offers gourmet, artisanal food items that are a true taste of Virginia.
  • Crossroads Art Center: Showcases the work of Mid-Atlantic artists, offering a diverse range of art and craft items.
  • Dog House Cat Pet Supply: The perfect place for pet lovers, offering a selection of high-quality pet products.
  • Erma Jean: A chic boutique featuring trendy apparel and accessories.
  • Fountain Bookstore: A haven for book lovers, featuring a wide selection of titles and a slate full of author programming.
  • Keva Style: Trendy, colorful accessories, including jewelry, bags, and more.
  • Ladles & Linens: The go-to spot for high-quality kitchenware and cooking essentials.
  • Lustre By Adolf Fine Jewelry: Specializes in beautifully crafted jewelry and accessories that make perfect gifts or personal treasures.
  • Mamie’s Apothecary: Focuses on natural health and wellness products.
  • MediaNoche: Offers unique gifts and accessories from 140 local Virginia artists and makers.
  • Pop of Confetti: Where you can find colorful, fun, and festive gifts and accessories for any occasion. Reopening in their new Bon Air location at the end of March.
  • Second Bottle Wine Shop: A boutique wine shop offering a carefully curated selection of wines.
  • Tweed: A one-stop shop for stylish clothing, home decor, and gifts.
  • Very Ashley: A boutique that showcases the latest in chic fashion and accessories for the modern woman.
  • Verdalina: Specializes in sustainable and ethical fashion, offering stylish and eco-friendly choices.
  • Virginia Mercantile: Features sustainable goods and gifts from artisans and makers across Virginia.
  • Whilolm Goods: Offers beautifully curated vintage and handmade goods and accessories.
Formal tea cups are set out with Fortnum and Mason tea

The Queen’s Library Tea Room

Things to Do

Experience the best of Richmond through these women-owned businesses offering fun and enriching activities.

  • BareSOUL Yoga/ The Well Collective: Find your zen and improve your wellness with a yoga class.
  • Basket and Bike: Offers guided bicycle tours that showcase the beauty and history of Richmond and the surrounding areas.
  • Hand/Thrown: Explore the art of ceramics by getting your hands dirty and making your own clay treasure during a class.
  • Mis En Place: Sharpen your culinary skills with an immersive experience-style cooking class.
  • The Queen’s Library Tea Room: Enjoy a classic afternoon tea experience in a beautifully decorated setting.