Where do you find innovative ideas, practical products and community-minded missions? These ideals all live within the Seattle-area, women-owned businesses we’re featuring in honor of Women’s History Month. From cookies to candles, consider spending your dollars at one of these small businesses.

photo: Product of the North

Product of the North

Quick! Name one parent product you can't live without. If your diaper bag is the first thing that popped into your mind, we're right there with you. If a functional, hands-free diaper bag is how you roll, check out the Elkin bags from Product of the North. They're made with sustainability in mind, from recycled water bottles, and their gender-neutral colors go with whatever spit-up stained top you (or your better half) happen to be wearing. Plus, the easily-cleaned lining means you don't have to worry about spills when they happen. Our favorite part? That the bag's neutral design allows it to be used as an everyday backpack once you're past those basic baby stages.

Online: productofthenorth.com

Ember Community Kits

Born in 2020 in the middle of the COVID pandemic, Ember Community Kits' goal is to build strong communities. These kits are on a two-fold mission: to support local businesses and makers and to spread joy and cheer throughout Seattle when people receive their kit. Choose from a variety of kits including housewarming essentials, pantry staples, ultimate ice cream sundae toppings and self-care. Send to a friend’s front door (Seattle deliveries are free, but they also ship anywhere in the United States) or treat yourself! Most products are hyper-local to Seattle and the handmade kits include a write-up of products and a little introduction to the business. Ember Community Kits are a fantastic way to get to know Seattle-area makers, while receiving high-quality products and gifts. Bonus: partial proceeds from each kit sold are donated to a local organization in need.

Online: embercommunitykits.com

MakeItKit

Love a little DIY, but don’t want to invest in all of the supplies and tools to complete a project? Purchase a MakeItKit! This Everett-based Etsy shop sells easy-to-use kits with all the materials to create your own do-it-yourself projects. From jewelry stamping to body butter, soy candles to lip balm, every MakeItKit includes everything you need, saving you time, money and perhaps some frustration. Use the kits to make gifts for friends and family or gift a kit to a crafty, creative person in your life. MakeItKit also sells all packaging materials. It’s your one-stop shop for awesome DIY projects.

Online: etsy.com/shop/MakeItKit

The Barre

Belly up to the barre for fitness, friendship and fun. The Barre, a Mill Creek-based fitness studio and lounge, promotes overall wellbeing by encouraging community and emphasizing physical and mental health. This boutique studio specializes in barre and cycle classes, but also offers yoga, adult ballet and dance lessons taught by instructors with extensive experience. Each instructor puts their own spin on class, so you’re guaranteed a great workout every time. What sets The Barre apart from other fitness facilities? Its lounge! The Barre hosts happy hours, coffee dates, small business shopping events and more! Their lounge and peaceful outdoor patio space are also available to rent for your next event.

16709 9th Ave. S.E., Ste. B
Mill Creek, WA
425-582-0688
Online: thebarremillcreek.com

Elementary Innovators

Through birthday parties and at-home makerspace kits, Elementary Innovators encourages exploring, learning and sharing through hands-on projects. As a former teacher, owner Angie O’Malley is passionate about teaching kids to be creative and fearless when learning something new. Creating a collaborative environment for kids to play, discover, and of course have fun, is the primary goal of each event (whether it’s in-person or virtual). Elementary Innovators presents Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) principles in an engaging platform that fosters confidence and a sense of accomplishment.

Online: elementaryinnovators.com

BooginHead

BooginHead solves the age-old parental problem of losing your baby’s pacifier or worse—having it hit a grimy floor! For over a decade, BooginHead has created stylish and functional pacifier clips, bandana teether bibs, stuffed animal pacifier holders, and now, cotton face masks for kids and adults. Its mission is to help keep baby safe and happy by keeping the essential things they put in their mouth clean, close and convenient. Made from high-quality products like 100% food grade silicone and natural beech wood, BooginHead products are extensively safety-tested and comply with all federal guidelines. Order online or visit their local boutique in Issaquah.

165 Front St. N.
Issaquah, WA
Online: booginhead.com

Mother Snacker

Every mom needs a “sweet” break from the chaos of motherhood. Mother Snacker is a dessert gift and subscription box made exclusively for moms by Bothell mom, Leah Brushett. Each box is filled with decadent sweets, self-care products and more, sourced from female-founded companies and socially-responsible brands. Choose from a one-time gift or start a subscription for a well-loved mom in your life. Mother Snacker can accommodate allergies and dietary needs. Moms have one of the toughest jobs on the planet and they all deserve some pampering!

Online: mothersnacker.com

AR Workshop

AR Workshop is a DIYer’s dream. Create custom home décor items–from wood plank signs to pillows to everything in between–at one of four Seattle-area locations. You choose the design, the medium, the colors, and AR Workshop will prep your project and provide all the materials you need. When you complete your session, you walk out the door with a finished product, ready to display in your home. If you love the idea of crafting, but don’t have a creative bone in your body, head into your local AR Workshop and they will help you realize your dream. The shop also features beautiful retail items from local makers. Register for a workshop or pick up an at-home project and get started on your masterpiece!

Locations in Seattle, Mill Creek, Maple Valley and Gig Harbor

Online: arworkshop.com

Spruce Apothecary

Spruce Apothecary is a skincare studio that focuses on clean and effective beauty products, holistic wellness and sustainable lifestyle goods. Book a service including facials, waxing, sugaring and more or check out their many product lines. Located in West Seattle, this studio supports small businesses who prioritize protecting the environment and creating sustainable goods. Spruce Apothecary sources non-toxic products created from ingredients that are healthy for our bodies and our planet. Spruce Apothecary prioritizes women-owned, BIPOC-owned and queer-owned product lines.

4156 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 
206-933-3002
Online: spruceapothecary.co

photo: Swoop Bag

Swoop Bag

Inspired by her grandmother and her kids' obsession with LEGOs, Seattle mom Sarah Kirk released the Swoop Bag ten years ago, and it's been a parent favorite ever since. This LEGO storage bag's brilliance is in its simplicity. Kids can easily clean up what feels like an entire swimming pool's worth of LEGOs by gathering them onto the bag and then "swooping" them up. We're pretty sure even toddlers can handle this one. All of the bags are made right here in Seattle and can help kids (and parents!) store all kinds of odds and ends using these colorful, durable pouches.

Online: swoopbags.com

Jenny Cookies

From a blog to a nationally-recognized brand, Jenny Cookies has grown from a small operation to serving up deliciousness at two brick-and-mortar locations in Lake Stevens and Alderwood Mall. Jenny Cookies specializes in creative and delicious desserts for any occasion. From crispy cubes to classic cookies, cupcakes to frosted sugar cookies, Jenny Cookies has something for every sweet too. Themes and flavors change periodically, so visit often. Don’t forget to pick up some of their must-have merch. Everyone needs to sport an “Eat Cookies, Be Happy” sweatshirt! Jenny Cookies also offers pre-orders for pick up and ships some products across the country.

Alderwood Mall
3000 184th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, WA

Lake Stevens Bakeshop
12420 20th St. N.E.
Lake Stevens, WA

425-322-4847
Online: jennycookiesbakeshop.com

SpoonFed Training

Former track and field athlete and American Ninja Warrior contestant, LaTaunya Witherspoon, opened SpoonFed Training to provide a friendly, non-intimidating environment for health seekers to achieve their goals. Trainers at this Renton-based gym work with people to help them reach their goals, providing support and accountability along the way. SpoonFed Training offers a variety of class formats, including cardio boxing, speed and agility training and live virtual classes. With over 14 years of experience in fitness and sports, Witherspoon has a natural passion for supporting and encouraging others on their health and wellness journey.

2000 Benson Rd. S., #183
Renton, WA
425-524-7386
Online: spoonfedtraining.com

Outside the Box Creation

Share the love of art with a child in your life! Outside the Box Creation provides kid art subscription boxes. No prior art experience or talent needed–just a love of creating and a great imagination. Purchase a month-to-month subscription or a one-time box. All you need is scissors and a pencil and your box will come with everything else you need. This Langley-based company values creativity through art expression and memory-making experiences. Outside the Box Creation actively gives back to the community by donating boxes and art supplies to local non-profit organizations. Boxes are filled with quality, non-toxic products that are sustainably-sourced and eco-friendly. Create a masterpiece and some memories with a kid art box.

Online: outsidetheboxcreation.com

We Free Hearts

Safe, clean, indoor playgrounds are the place to be in Seattle! We Free Hearts offers families the chance to stay and play, and provides opportunities for kids to burn some energy and get their creative juices flowing. The space emphasizes large motor activities, arts and crafts, music and reading. We Free Hearts is a community-run organization that relies on the support of its local community. You can donate new and gently used toys, costumes for imaginative play, or make a monetary contribution. The play space is open weekdays for up to five families (to allow for social distancing and prevent potential spread or COVID exposure). Open to children ages 6 months – 6 years.

1253 S. Cloverdale St.
Seattle, WA
512-940-0097
Online: wefreehearts.com

L'Avant Collective

If you have little ones around, there is one thing you are guaranteed to be doing often: cleaning up after them! L’Avant Collective, founded by two local moms, realized the struggle is real and a solution was born. L’Avant Collection cleaning products are non-toxic, plant-based and highly effective. The products are sustainably-sourced and packaged in subtle, stylish, refillable bottles. Products are sold individually or bundled together. Order the Discovery Bundle to get a taste of everything. L’Avant Collective also offers a CLEAN subscription program. Your favorite products, like dish soap and multipurpose cleaner will be delivered to your door at the frequency you need. Bonus: subscription members receive a 15 percent discount.

Online: lavantcollective.com

—Abbey McGee

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