23 Women-Owned Downtown Businesses To Love in 2023
With International Women’s Day on the horizon—this article is an ode to that, after all—it’s important we make one thing clear upfront: Downtown Edmonds has many more than 23 women-owned businesses to love. However, out of respect for your time (and ours!), we had to cut ourselves off somewhere, and 23 in 2023 felt right.
You’ll see the businesses we featured run the gamut from food to beauty to mental health and everything in between. And what we learned in compiling this list (alphabetically by category, naturally) is there is a woman-owned spot just around the corner willing and able to support whatever you need. And that is a beautiful thing.
Kudos to the female-driven companies in our community. We wouldn’t be the same without you. Now, onto the featured businesses. And psst, bookmark this list for the next time you’re out and about downtown, so you are sure to hit all of them.
Eat & Drink
We can’t do much if we aren’t properly fed and watered. Our list begins with the most important parts of our day: sustenance.
Calypso opened its doors in 2018 just steps from the beach to offer its patrons the tropical food and drink owners Jen Myatt and Michael Chambers loved when they lived in the Carribean. Keep your eyes peeled for Jen’s impressive chalk art just outside the front door, too. She’s drawn everything from the Mariner’s Moose to the Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Kelnero and Vinbero owner, Kali Kelnero, is passionate about tasty craft beverages. She and her husband Kris opened Kelnero to offer their hometown libations and local, seasonal fare. Vinbero followed a few years later and boasts a stunning array of wines by the glass and bottle, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, gourmet meats and cheeses, and café style food.
Walnut Street Coffee’s owner, Pam Stuller, learned the art of espresso at Herkimer Coffee in Seattle before opening her own community gathering place in 2006. Whenever you get a chance, pull up a chair at the shop’s big, round table, meet a neighbor, read the newspaper, and talk about the town we all love.
From manicures to mental health and massage, downtown Edmonds is chock full of women ready to support you in mind, body, and soul.
Barre3 Edmonds’s owner, Gina Drake, hosted nearly 200 free classes in the community before opening her doors in March of 2020—that’s right, just a few days before she had to close because of the pandemic. Gina is nothing if not scrappy, so she pivoted to a combination of livestream and outdoor classes until it was safe to return to indoor classes. While Barre3 specializes in fitness, the studio also has a great retail selection!
Body Motion Physical Therapy’s owner, Dr. Allison Feldt, DPT, PT, helps women through pregnancy and beyond so they can live active, confident and healthy lives. Pregancy changes our bodies, and Dr. Allison not only guides her clients through what to expect, but also to provides resources as they navigate womanhood and motherhood. Her work prevents arthritis, wards off joint replacements, and reduces incontinence.
Bodyworks Pilates specializes in Stott Pilates. Owner Karla Crouch has been certified in the practice for nearly a decade. The studio offers private, one-on-one sessions. Interested in small group sessions? Check out Karla’s sister studio, Woodway Wellness, just across the street.
Certa Farrish Law Group, a boutique personal injury law firm representing injured victims, is helmed by Cheryl Farrish. She has recovered over $50 million for her clients through negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and trial.
Erin Long, MA, LMHC’s work focuses primarily on children and teens. A Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she honors the whole self in her approach, seeing each person as unique and helping them to heal using all areas of life, including mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. She utitizes a slew of therapies, like EMDR, CBT, and dream work.
Gigi L. Brannan, CFP®, APMA® is your resource for financial planning. She offers personalized, comprehensive financial advice and a broad range of solutions to help you and your loved ones live brilliantly, now and in the future. Gigi’s motto? “With the right financial advisor, life can be brilliant.”
Graphite Arts Center owners Tracy Felix and Mary Olsen want their artist’s haven on the corner of 2nd and Main to be a beacon—a slightly inland light house—for creatives. Whether you rent your own studio, drop in on the weekends, or come by for gallery showings, you’re helping Felix and Olsen realize their dream: to bring more art education and resources to the community. As a slight side note, Tracy also owns ArtSPOT just up the street from Graphite.
Hummel Women’s Health is owned and operated by Lisa Easton-Hummel, an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP). Previously a midwife in the Edmonds area, many of the over 1,000 babies Lisa delivered see her in her current practice.
Innate Radiance Acupuncture, owned by Natalie-Pascale Boisseau, EAMP-LAc LMP, is a sanctuary for all your health and wellness needs. It focuses on Acupuncture, East Asian Medicine (with gentle Traditional and Classical Chinese Medicine), Toyohari (Japanese Meridian Acupuncture), therapeutic massage, cranio-sacral therapy, and acutonic herbal and nutritional therapies.
Nancy’s Nails is the perfect place to pamper yourself. The shop specializes in acrylics, gel nails, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. Owner Helen Nguyen has operated the business downtown since 2005.
The Sauna Hut’s co-owner, Lacey Wadhani is obsessed with infrared saunas and everything relaxing. She offers sauna wraps, fascia blasting and red light therapy services at the company’s Edmonds location.
Sugarology Edmonds, now in the former Refinery Salon location on 4th, is owned by Olivia Latham. Sugaring, a healthier form of hair removal, is Sugarology’s specialty. Sugarology also offers comprehensive skin care and free consultations.
Tree of Tranquity, owned by Amy Parker LMT, supports all of us deskworkers relax and release tension. She uses hot towels, warm bamboo sticks, optional essential oils, gua sha, silicone cupping and slow methodic deep to deep tissue techniques. Zen awaits!
The Weathered Frame Photography, inside Slate Salon + Spa, is owned and operated by local photographer Leslie Amman. She specializes in glamour and professional head shots, as well as branding photography.
Zoe Riggs, LMFT, is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Her practice focuses on anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, and family conflict.
Isn’t it wonderful that you don’t have to leave your own backyard to look great or put together the perfect gift for the people you love? These enterprising women are building their fempires right downtown!
Anchor Chic Consignment’s owner Elizabeth Le, is passionate about fashion, and it shows. Her consignment shop is beautifully curated, ever-evoling, and always in style. She’s also a personal stylist committed to keeping clients fashionably relevant regardless of age, body type, or lifestyle.
Bench & Board removes any frustration you might have in putting together the perfect gift for a loved one, an employee’s birthday, or even your child’s teacher. Owned and operated by Jill Hall, Bench & Board carries a variety of fun gifts and supports the local arts community by displaying works from local artists.
Crow’s owner, Jen Lawson, is always curating an eclectic mix of gifts and accessories from local artists. She focuses on handcrafted items like unique jewelry, candles, body care, home decor, and art you won’t see anywhere else in Edmonds.
Driftwood Modern’s owner, Hannah Alex-Glasser, has art in her bones, literally. A trained ballet and modern dancer, Hannah has practiced art for over fifty years. A sculptor since the ‘90s, she curated and opened her shop in downtown Edmonds in 2016.
The Paper Feather moved to Edmonds from Pike Place Market just last year. Owner Jennifer Cullin designs and prints each greeting card in the shop and creates custom invitations, wedding stationery, hand-lettering, artwork and special event pieces.
Rogue’s owner, Kimberly Koenig, took her support for other women-owned businesses up a notch in 2020 when she partnered with downtown businesswomen, like Pam Stuller from Walnut Street Coffee and Carrie Hulbert, to create Edmonds Localvore, an online platform that allowed participating shops to bundle goods for customers in the Edmonds area. The team built and managed the platform themselves and continue to host community events. At Rogue, Kimberly sells hand-picked items for the fashion forward.
Did you see our little trick in this list? If you guessed that we included a few bonus businesses just because, well, then you were really paying attention! Sometimes, we really can’t contain our excitement about the businesses downtown.
As another bonus, the Edmonds International Women’s Day event is coming up soon at the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Mark your calendars, grab your tickets, and meet many of these enterprising women in person!
A sampling of the many downtown women owners pictured left to right: Jen Lawson, crow; Beth Sanger, Ombu Salon; Kimberly Koenig, Rogue; Liz Morgan, FIELD by Morgan & Moss; Michelle Bear, The Edmonds Bookshop; April Sotelo Greninger, Practical Therapy of Edmonds; Kali Kelnero, Kelnero and Vinbero; Pam Stuller, Walnut Street Coffee; Cecelia Fisher, Slate Salon; Christine Poirier, Pear Tree Consignment; Juliana R Van Buskirk, Edward Jones
By Whitney Popa, Photos by Matt Hulbert