International Women’s Day is upon us, and what better time to show support to the hardworking women of our community. From cafes to camps, check out these women-owned businesses in the Bay Area, and find the perfect way to celebrate the super women of all ages in your life while you’re at it.

Editors Note: For updated COVID-19 store hours and guidelines, check business website directly before visiting.

San Francisco

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Anyday

Anyday is the first-of-its-kind cookware line specifically designed to create sophisticated, time-saving, and nutritious meals entirely in the microwave. Founded by Bay Area resident Steph Chen and launching with Momofuku Restaurant Group founder and Ugly Delicious creator David Chang as a Partner, Anyday is on a mission to save people time in the kitchen by demystifying microwave cooking and bringing greater awareness to this misunderstood and underutilized kitchen appliance, which has been championed by notable chefs, award-winning journalists, and health researchers for decades. 

Check them out here

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StereoType

Inspired by founder-designer Elizabeth Brunner’s twins' blended fashion, San Francisco-based trendy kids clothing line StereoType was launched in 2020. Their collection is genderless and seasonless, and includes functional daily basics as well as a variety of fun accessories that can be worn throughout the year. They combine fashion and comfort to support every child’s unique style and freedom of expression. Check out their online store for current styles.

Online: stereotypekids.com

El Pipila

If you're looking for authentic Mexican dishes, look no further. El Pipila's mother and daughters trio is dedicated to sharing their heritage through delicious, traditional Guanajuatan recipes handed down from generations. From classic tacos to pozole verde, there's something for the whole family to enjoy.

879 Brannan St.
San Francisco, CA
Online: elpipila.com

photo: Audrey Ma

Smitten Ice Cream

Founder and CEO Robyn Sue Fisher invented and patented her own ice cream machine in 2009. She placed her custom-built machine on top of a Radio Flyer wagon and began selling on the streets of San Francisco. You can now enjoy Smitten’s, churned-to-order, ultra-smooth ice cream at 5 locations in the Bay Area. They use unprocessed, locally sourced ingredients for unique freshness you can taste.

Online: smittenicecream.com

Three Babes Bakeshop

If you love pie, the babes at Three Babes Bakeshop have got you covered. They began as a pop-up shop from a shipping container in the Mission, quickly expanding to farmers markets and their own commercial kitchen. They use local, organic ingredients and offer flavors like classic apple, bourbon pecan and blackberry crumble. They also offer a virtual pie class, ‘you bake’ chocolate chip cookie dough, a pie subscription service and mystery cookie box to indulge in. You can find their treats at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturdays or pickup orders at their bakeshop kitchen.

Bakeshop Kitchen
2501 Phelps St.
San Francisco, CA
Pre-order pickups & deliveries

Ferry Building Farmers Market
1 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA
Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. only
Online: threebabesbakeshop.com

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Sprout San Francisco

This natural, organic boutique with three locations in the Bay Area, is on a mission to bring families the safest, non-toxic children’s products. Inspired by her two daughters, owner Suzanne opened Sprout San Francisco to help parents create a healthy home for their little ones. Their collection includes everything from clothing to furniture, all green approved.

Online: sproutsanfrancisco.com

FTK Martial Arts

Teachers Liza Fernandez and Diandra Thompson are the owners at FTK, short for Fernandez Thompson Kenpo. They create a fun and engaging environment for students to learn self-defense, build confidence and improve discipline. Private and group lessons range in levels from preschool to adults—Summer camp classes are also available.

461 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, CA
Online: ftkmartialarts.com

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Kokak Chocolates

A passion project for chocolatier Carol Gancia, Kokak Chocolates has become a Bay Area favorite. Get a jump on Mother's Day and go for the Pies, Coffee, and Tea Collection ($40.95): The 16-piece Mother’s Day truffle collection features delicious house-made fruit and ganache fillings, such as beloved Apple Pie, Coconut Pie, Coffee, and Earl Grey Tea Boxes can be ordered for local SF delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipped. 

Online: kokakchocolates.com

East Bay

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Working Hard Co.

Working Hard Co is a woman- and minority-owned small business that's based out of Oakland. Their Catchall Trays and Frameless products are perfect for parents that are (or aspire to be more) organized.

Inspired by mid-century modern design, our Catchall Trays magnetically snap together when stacked and along all sides to keep your tabletop handsomely organized without sacrificing form for function. Shop here: work-work-work.com

For a more dynamic gallery wall, Frameless makes it easy to display and switch out checklists, art prints, postcards, photographs, and your kid’s masterpieces. Each Frameless set comes with four magnets and four wall mounts. The unique mount elevates artwork off the wall to give even the simplest piece of art more polish. Use Frameless in your home to put postcards and ephemera up on your gallery wall, display your kid’s artwork, or even tack up recipes, to-do lists, and notes to each other. Shop here: work-work-work.com

photo: Kayleigh Shawn Photography

Kaleidoscope Coffee

Enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or glass of wine, get the kiddos some organic local ice cream, sign up for a class or check out one of their open mic events. This local community hang out, brought to life by owner, coffee lover and storyteller, Cassie Cushing, is welcoming to all and the perfect spot to relax.

109 Park Place
Richmond, CA
Online: kaleidoscopecoffee.com

Julie’s Coffee & Tea Garden

Born from owner Julie’s love for herbs, community and all things plant made. Julie’s coffee and Tea Garden, in Alameda and Oakland, serves various organic tea’s, coffees and yummy sweet and savory dishes, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options for the whole family to enjoy. Check out their online shop, or stop by, now open daily for takeout.

Julie’s Alameda
1223 Park Street
Alameda, CA

Julie’s Oakland
4316 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA
Online: juliestea.com

photo: Christina Yan

CupCakin' Bake Shop

Owner Lila Owens started as a home based catering service in 2007. With three bake shop locations now, in Berkeley and Oakland, these pretty and delicious cupcakes are the talk of the town. They are baked fresh daily with with local ingredients in flavors like double chocolate, key lime pie and passionfruit bourbon caramel for the adults (our favorites). Treat yourself and your gang, you'll be happy you did.

Online: cupcakinbakeshop.com

Homeroom

This local favorite was birthed from a craving and a dream of opening a unique restaurant. Erin Wade went from lawyer to mac and cheese extraordinaire, bringing you cheesy, made-to-order creations, such as pizza mac, garden pesto mac, classic, make it your own and many more. Go give the gooey goodness a try. Now open for outdoor seating.

Homeroom Restaurant
400 40th St.
Oakland, CA

Homeroom To Go

4007 Webster St.
Oakland, CA
Online: homeroom510.com

photo: Catarina Monnier

Brazilian Breads

After moving to San Francisco from Brazil and learning how much the local Brazilian community missed Pao de queijo—Brazilian cheese bread, Del Rodrigues decided to retire her computer science career and put her passion for cooking and family recipes to good use, opening Brazilian Breads in 2015. They serve flavorful traditional meals as well as frozen family take home meals, including those crunchy, chewy Brazilian cheese breads in guava (our favorite) and other yummy flavors. Visit them in Berkeley or San Rafael.

Berkeley
1707 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, CA

San Rafael
26 Medway Rd. Suite 7
San Rafael, CA
Online: brazilianbreads.com

Berkeley Hat Company

If you can think of a hat, chances are Berkeley Hat Company has it. This Berkley staple has been serving the Bay Area for over forty years, carrying everything from Fedoras to sleeping caps. They also carry an array of costume accessories like wigs, face paint, masks and more. Owner Carol and staff are always eager to help pair you and the family up with the perfect hat.

2510 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA
Online: berkeleyhat.com

Five Little Monkeys

Owner Stephanie is the eldest of five little monkeys in her family. She started her environmentally conscience, hands-on, educational toy store with her younger siblings in mind. With her parent’s support—a renowned toy designer and children’s wear manufacturer, she started Five Little Monkeys in 2001. Bring your little monkeys to explore this fun store hands-on at one of their locations in the East Bay, Peninsula and Marin.

Online: 5littlemonkeys.com

Patti’s Swim School

This swim school was founded by a mother of six with a passion for teaching and aquatics. They have taught over 40,000 students to swim in their outdoor-indoor, residential setting. They focus on water safety and essential skills offering adult swim, special needs and parent and me classes, in private and group lessons.

4621 James Ave.
Castro Valley, CA
Online: pattisswimschool.com

photo: Cherlyn Wagner Photography

Mightly

Mightly was started by a kiddo entrepreneur and her fashion savvy mom. Headquartered in Oakland, with their team of women-experts in the field, their online store offers durable, comfortable, environmentally friendly, organic clothes for kids by a kid.

Online: mightly.com

Peninsula/South Bay

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San Jose Balloons

For all your party balloon needs give Lynnett a call. She began her incredible arrangements at her own children's parties, gaining much popularity, resulting in San Jose Balloons opening in 2013. They provide customized balloon columns, centerpieces, and everything you need to make your event unique and memorable.

610 Lochburry Ct.
San Jose, CA
Online: sanjoseballoons.com

Tassels of Los Gatos

The ladies at Tassels have been dressing little ones in the Los Gatos area and beyond for 28 years. They specialize in sustainable, quality fashion and are famous for their custom design t-shirts and hair bows.

44 Elm St.
Los Gatos, CA
Online: tasselslg.com

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Bay Area Pet Pals

Owner Lynda and her knowledgeable team bring you over 26 years of experience in caring of various pets. Services include dog walking, pet sitting and dog boarding in several areas of the Peninsula. They are licensed, bonded and insured and trained in pet first aid.

San Mateo, CA
Online: bayareapetpals.com

allARTstudio

This art school is founder and art instructor Alla’s long-time dream. She created this studio to encourage and develop art creativity in children and adults. Classes cover fine art painting, portraits and figure drawing. They also offer mommy and me classes, workshops, Summer camps and birthday parties.

1060 El Camino Real, Suite E
Redwood City, CA
Online: allartstudio.net

Marin

Purple Monkey

Owned by a Marin mom, Purple Monkey in Tiburon is a kiddo centered salon using natural products, with a team of experienced stylists. The salon is loaded with toys, movies and games, ready to cater to the littlest customers and their grown-ups. They're also an official sponsor of Locks of Love, handling the process, if you wished to donate your hair.

1550 Tiburon Blvd. Suite N
Tiburon, CA
Online: purplemonkeyhair.com

Fit4moms

Is the nation’s leading pre and postnatal health and fitness company by moms for moms. They offer more than just fitness classes, providing mamas nationwide support and community as well as the opportunity to restart their careers as mompreneurs through their franchise opportunities. Check out one of their many work out programs with locations all around the Bay.

Online: fit4mom.com

PAAM

PAAM is a performing arts academy in Mill Valley specializing in theatre arts, tap, ballet, hip hop and other dance forms. Founder Annie and the stellar team of instructors provide expert training to build the confidence your young artists need to shine. They offer in-person, virtual and summer camp programs.

60 Belvedere Dr.
Mill Valley, CA
Online: paamarts.com

—Nella DuBon-Koch

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