There are so many great local businesses to support these days and we especially want to give a shout out to these women-owned businesses that are favorites of Boston families. From bakeries to skincare businesses to someone to walk your dog, show these women entrepreneurs some love this month (and always)!

Collettey’s Cookies

Collette Divitto was born in 1990 with Down syndrome. She grew up in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where she developed a passion for baking after taking classes in high school. After attending Clemson University and finishing a three-year LIFE program in just two years, Colette moved to Boston where she struggle to find employment. That's where Collettey’s Cookies was born. Knowing firsthand the struggles that people with Down syndrome endure while looking for employment, Collette decided that her company would be not just a means of earning a living, but it would have a greater mission—to create jobs for other people with disabilities.


Not Just Co.

Parents in the know are familiar with Not Just Co.'s lineup of Not Just Caramel (sea salt-tahini), Not Just Pesto (tomato pesto), Not Just Salad Dressing (miso-lemon vinaigrette) and the kid-favorite Not Just Pasta Sauce. Find their products at a store near you and follow their blog for family-friendly recipes. 


Clarke's Cakes and Cookies

You'll love the vegan treats you can get from this woman-owned spot that offers weekly pickups in Dorchester. You can also find their treats in many spots around the Boston area. Get the vegan bourbon pecan pie, you won't regret it. 


Lark Fine Foods

Founded in 2008, Lark Fine Foods is a 100% women-owned and operated specialty foods company located north of Boston in historic Essex, MA. They offer a distinctive line of baked goods and specialty items inspired by “grown-up” consumers with sophisticated tastes—where every bite excites the senses with flavor combinations that are sometimes unexpected, but always delicious! Lark’s award-winning COOKIES FOR GROWN-UPS® and SAVORY BISCUITS can be purchased individually or as part of their thoughtfully-curated gift boxes on their website, or individually at select retail outlets nationwide.



TRILLFIT hip hop-based classes foster community—a community that supports safe space to thrive and make long lasting positive health decisions. They are actively changing the face of the boutique fitness industry by modeling radical inclusion, acceptance, self love and shared support to transform attendees’ confidence, advance well being and ultimately promote “front row freedom.”

They are currently offering online classes while the studio is closed.


Brown & Coconut

Brown and Coconut skin care is crafted with distinct blends of powerful plants, botanical extracts and clays that work in harmony to support our skin’s delicate balance. Founded by two Boston-based sisters who have suffered from acne and eczema, Brown and Coconut skin care is gentle on your skin, effective in tackling your skin concerns and simply delightful to use.


Petsi Pies

Petsi Pies (pronounced “peet-see”) an indie bakery and coffee bar serving up handmade pies and pastries in Somerville, MA since 2003.  Founder Renee “Petsi” McLeod grew up baking pies in her grandmother’s kitchen and hasn’t stopped since. Everything is baked fresh daily using only all-natural ingredients and no fillers or mixes of any kind. 

285 Beacon St.
Somerville. MA


This small gourmet bakery based in Boston, is owned by baker Lauren King and offers cupcakes, toaster tarts and truffle balls. Their treats are made fresh daily and are free of artificial colors and preservatives. Sign up for updates on local pop-ups. 


photo: iStock

Stinky's Kittens & Doggies Too

This Somerville business owned by Jo-Ann Keith offers cat and dog grooming by appointment as well as dog sitting. They also sell many different products for your animals to use at home. 

110 Bristol Rd.
Somerville, MA

—Kate Loweth


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