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Empowering Entrepreneurs: Spotlight on Downtown Roanoke's Women-Owned Businesses

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This International Women's Day we are celebrating the entrepreneurial girl power that we have downtown. From charming cafes to innovative boutiques, these entrepreneurs are not only reshaping the downtown landscape but also inspiring a new wave of economic growth and community engagement.


It's not a secret downtown is packed with a restaurant for every appetite.  Some girl-powered bites include stops for coffee and sweets at Little Green Hive, Sweets by Shaneice, or On the Rise.  For a great sit down together or a quick drink to catch up Well Hung the product of three women or Alexander's for an upscale feel.  You can also take it to go by ordering for your next big event through Lib and Amy Catering.


Retail shops are where women come to shine downtown.  You can visit women's clothing boutiques like 310 Rosemont, She's International, Gypsypalooza, Bittersweet, Wyndrose Boutique, Shades of Color, Artsy June Mercantile or La De Da, Inc.  If you're looking for Bridal and formal wear then you can dress to the 9's at Studio I Do and All The Rage. 

Gift and Niche Shops have no shortage of women leaders, chocolatepaper, Ladles and Linens, the Gift Niche, Unleashed, and The French Farmhouse.


Locally owned female studios including, Betty Branch Sculpture Studio and Gallery, Gallery 202, Art 360, and Melody Haven are all woman-owned. These artists specialize in different mediums like clay, bronze, oil painting, sketching and more.  

Health and Services 

The Downtown Service District has its fair share of spots for hair styling like A New Slate Salon, Embellish Hair Studio, Corporate Image Barber Shop,  and Golden Hour Hair Studio.

Support your fitness and nutrition needs at Hustle/Haven.

Make sure that your outfit is flawless with alterations and custom designs at La Di Design.


Once you're dressed to the nines and dined at our women-owned spots, in the summer time one of the best places to see a live show is at Dr Pepper Park at The Bridges.

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