You Voted: Your Favorite Local Women-Owned Businesses


You Voted: Your Favorite Local Women-Owned Businesses


March is International Women’s Month and we have a ton of great women-owned businesses locally that I wanted to feature. I asked for your favorite and you didn’t hold back. Love being able to support my fellow women locally! If I missed one you think should be on this list, let me know! We’ll do our best to add to the list!

Bake for You – see my posts about Bake for You HERE. 5001 Dunhill Court, Slingerlands
Delicious bakery and cafe owned by the amazing Linda Kindlon.

Whisky Business Bakery – see my posts about Whisky Business HERE. 1671 Union Street, Schenectady
If you’re looking for some fantastic French macarons, look no further than Bri Larsen’s new location on Union St!

Farmhouse Tap + Tavern – see my posts about Farmhouse Tap + Tavern HERE. 186 Main St, Altamont
Jackie Silvestri, owner of 518 Foodies, created this amazing space with such delicious food. It’s a can’t miss restaurant locally!

Mission Accomplished Transition Services – 430 Franklin St., In Urban Co-Works, Schenectady
Their mission statement is to prepare rising young professionals and entrepreneurs for the workforce by providing access to industry specific coaching, mentoring, and sponsorship. Founded by Coach Carmen Duncan, MSW.

Coiled A Textured Salon – 1305 Nott St, Schenectady
The Capital Region’s premier natural and curly salon & retail space, owned by Lavide Barkley.

Jayana LaFotos – Jayana LaFountaine is a portrait photographer based in Troy, NY specializing in family, birth, and lifestyle photography. This is the first I’ve seen her photos and these are beautiful!!

Bare Soul Massage – 70 Main St, Greenwich
They offer Relaxation, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, Thai Massage, Ashiatsu, Pregnancy and Chair Massage as well as facials. Owned by Leah Silva with an all-female staff.

Breakout Press Co – Krissy Monahan creates these really cute designs and is based in the Catskills. She sells hats, cards, key chains, shirts and more. I already favorited her shop for some of the local-themed merch!

Cafe Deli-icious – 413 River St, Troy
Breakfast and lunch but everything on the menu looks great. Kathleen Leibach is the owner and has created a seriously deli-icious menu for sandwich fans!

Alchar Printing – 599 Pawling Ave, Troy
 In 2006, Denise Padula officially became the majority shareholder of the company and Alchar Printing became a NYS Certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise. The company continually evolves its products by incorporating new technology, equipment and services. It’s a one-stop printing shop.

Minkd – 2557 Hamburg St, Schenectady
Take a look through MacKenzie McCollum’s Instagram page and see the magic she could do to your lashes!

Take Two Cafe – see my posts about Take Two Cafe HERE – 433 State St, Schenectady
I don’t have enough space to write how much I love this vegan eatery. Chelsea Heilman may have gone through a few issues in the beginning but I’m glad she got to “Take Two” and is in this perfect (relatively) new home serving delicious vegan food.

RAD Soap Co. – see my posts about RAD Soap Co. HERE – 1475 Western Ave, Albany
Susan Kerber started her soap company in a small room with no storefront and now, RAD Soap products are being sold all over the world. From masks, to lotions, to soaps, and more – just walking in this store takes over your nose.

The Food Florist – 3 Science St, Ballston Spa
I’ve only heard amazing things about the food from The Food Florist. You can find Trisha Nusbaum’s food at so many farmer’s markets in the area. Eat them now, freeze them for later, who doesn’t need lasagna at the ready?

Filiaci Holistic Services – 126 Saratoga Rd, Schenectady
Renata Filiaci, MSHW, CD (DONA), RP (USUI), specializes in alternative healing. Her concentrations were in Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and Homeopathy and uses that experience as a Holistic Practitioner.

Open Door Bookstore – 128 Jay St, Schenectady
When you’re looking for your next book to read, skip Amazon and Barnes & Noble and come to Open Door in Downtown Schenectady. It’s been serving the Capital Region for over 50 years. Janet Hutchison has owned it for a good chunk of that.

PWR – 6 Vatrano Rd, Albany
You may be familiar with HITT it with Britt, Brittany Burnham recently rebranded and now it’s just straight PWR. It’s the workout I’d love to do, that works, I just need to figure out how to push myself to do it. Looks intense but fun!

What was once Mom Squad Creations, is now Rebma, named after owner Amber Murphy. She gained quick popularity over COVID with her Law & Order: SVU Christopher Meloni ass tumbler. I ordered a beautiful Harry Potter water bottle which is the one bottle I use every day.

McLemon’s – 25 West Main, Johnstown
Owned by Jessica Henry McClements, McLemon’s is a women’s clothing boutique that specializes in unique styles and brands. They carry several national and international brands of clothing such as Sourpuss & Lindy Bop as well as accessories, seasonal & gift items, handbags, hair dressings, fandom items (ie Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Pokemon), funky socks, swimsuits and more. 

The Schenectady Trading Company – 609 Union St, Schenectady
Looking for the perfect local gift locor other assorted local products? Then, you gotta check out Caroline Bardwell’s Schenectady Trading Company.

PUSH Fitness Albany – 50 Colvin Ave, Albany
PUSH Fitness/Albany is a fitness studio that offers individual and semi private personal training, group classes, massage therapy and more, owned by Stacie Duke.

Something Olde Something New – 1969 New Scotland Rd # 4, Slingerlands
Something Olde Something New is a consignment shop for women’s clothing & accessories, furniture, linens, vintage home decor, owned by Julie Hilland.

The Quiet Woods
This mother/daughter venture is delicate, modern and a touch industrial. Their pieces are exquisitely personal. Worn close and cherished. Tender jewelry. Owned by Kim Sheridan-Dugmore.

Graham’s Coffee Parlor – see my posts about Graham’s HERE – 3406 State St, Schenectady
They specialize in serving specialty coffee, tea, smoothies and other delicious delights. Owner Katryn Malen has some delicious homemade chai and that peach smoothie is life.

Maur Movement – 430 Franklin Street 2nd Floor, Schenectady
Supporting success through physical fitness. Personal and small group training for individuals of all ages and abilities, specializing in turning barriers into breakthroughs for those with autism, owned by Kristin Kmack.

The Alchemists Salon + Apothecary – 330 Madison Ave, Albany
Owned by Katie Rodriguez, they’ll get you all set and ready so you feel confident in your upcoming event or just for a change in your look.

Access Compliance – 776a Watervliet Shaker Rd, Latham
A full-service agency, helping employers provide safe and healthy environments for their employees, owned by Brenda Wiederkehr.

The Purple Lotus Boutique – 110 Prospect St, Ballston Spa
You’ll find one of a kind, quality, trendy, boutique name brands that won’t break the bank, owned by Tiffany Barber.

Fringe Hair Salon – 1 Hemphill Place, Suite 103 Malta
A team of artists elevating the craft of hairdressing and delivering an exceptional experience, owned by Adriane Ball.

Brantasia Osg
She’s a true serial entrepeneur between On Set Glam and OGC Girls Club, Brantasia Osg offers so much in the world of beauty and personal care.

Nicole’s Restaurant – 556 Delaware Ave, Albany
This colorful dining locale offers refined Northern & Southern Italian dishes in a romantic setting, owned by Margaret Carciobolo.

Leah’s Cakery – 3 Curry Rd, Round Lake
Owner Leah Stein has such a gift when it comes to custom cakes, they’re beautiful, but she also offers quiches, pastries, cinnamon buns, and more. If your sweet tooth is talking, you’ll find something delicious.

Iron Roost – see my posts about Iron Roost HERE – 36 Front St, Ballston Spa
If you’re looking for an out of this world breakfast, this is your spot. Linnaea DiNallo has a delicious menu through and through but, seriously, don’t skip the waffles.

Studio 16 Sixty – 1660 Western Ave, Albany
Owned by Nicole Crane, they specialize in cutting, coloring, styling, curly hair, and keratin treatments.

Great Exbaketations Bakery – see my posts about Great Exbaketations Bakery HERE
The way I found Great Exbaketations is an interesting one, I won a contest and won a cake. Oh – my- gosh I’m so glad I did. Cheyenne Simmons boozy rum cakes are dangerously delicious, order one.

Tara Kitchen – see my posts about Tara Kitchen HERE – 431 Liberty St, Schenectady
Moroccan dishes & imported wines offered in narrow, laid-back quarters with bar & table seating, owned by Aneesa Waheed.

Treecycled uses books and other paper goods that have been discarded to create beautiful one of a kind home decor items, owned by Judy Houbre.

Nani’s Indian Kitchen – 256 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa
Nani’s Indian Kitchen serves lunch and dinner. The rest of their menu features recipes made with love, owned by Nafeesa Koslik.

Paws & Affect
Paws & Affect is a home business that specializes in pet services. Offering stress free grooming, dog walking & pet sitting to the capital region.

Infinity Hair Salon & Studio – 1223 Fort Hunter Rd, Schenectady
Infinity Hair Salon & Studio is a modern full service hair salon located in Rotterdam, NY, founded in 2017 by Hillary DiBiase.

Bells & Whistles Nutrition – 529 W Main St, Cobleskill
Bells & Whistles Nutrition Inc is your one-stop-shop for all your providing gluten-free, non-GMO products and other organic products and supplements.

Tribe Fitness – 4668 NY-30, Amsterdam
They offer circuit style strength training and cardio classes for women as well as Small Group Training and Nutrition Support.

Bella V Boutique and Styling – 595 Loudon Rd, Latham
Contemporary women boutique located in Latham, NY serving, Albany, Saratoga, Troy, offering all the hottest trends in clothing & accessories, owned by Lorena Nazario.

Beauty’s Decor
Beauty’s Decor is a business that will bring your vision to reality; event planner.

The DillyBean – see my posts about The DillyBean HERE – 133 Jay St, Schenectady
The DillyBean is the Capital Region’s leading provider of fermented vegetables and drinks, local confections, and homemade gifts, owned by Abigail Rockmacher.

Kelly’s Kitchen – 4300 NY-50, Saratoga Springs
They offer a variety of breakfast options such as our ever so popular toasted breakfast croissant and cheesy breakfast burrito along a with daily selection of fresh baked savory and sweet pastries and scones! Owned by Kelly Groff.

Reflections Hair Studio – 151 George Street, Green Island
A full service hair salon with 30+ years of experience offering colors, cuts, wigs, extensions, hair replacements, wax, and spray tanning.

PHOENIX Landscape and Design – Ballston Spa
PHOENIX Landscape and Design is a woman owned & operated local business. With a background in fine arts & experience in landscape design, installation, & interiors, Phoenix will help you create & transform your space into one you love & want to share.

SophiaSabella Photography – 1740 Union Street, Schenectady
Kristen Bordonaro takes beautiful photos of your little one and your family, see examples of her beautiful photos on her website.

Elissa Halloran Designs – 229 Lark St, Albany
She sell her handmade jewelry and assemblages, as well as the work of many local artists- pottery, jewelery, scarves, blown and fused glass, stained glass.

Mushy’s Sweets and Treats
Sweets and treats for every special occasion, serving the Fort Drum area

Dots & Spots Co.
Handmade pet bandanas and accessories, owned by Karla Jaramillo

Maria’s Troy – River Street Market, 433 River St, Troy
At Maria’s, you will find a gathering of community and good eats. Our goal is to provide you with … Healthy, delicious, and now open in Troy, New York!

Collar City Wellness Center – 2739 6th Ave, Troy
Bringing a whole body approach to healing. Collar City Wellness Center was created to help individuals feel their best by receiveing individualized care, owned by Ashley Uccellini.

The Garden, LLC – 434 Church St, Saratoga
Owner/Operator, Suzanne Jagoda, dreamt of a location where her clients could get all of the services they needed in one convenient location. After working in several areas in Saratoga, Suzanne finally had the opportunity to purchase “The Garden”, an 1800 Victorian located a few minutes from downtown Saratoga. 

Street Taco VII – 151 4th St, Troy
New to the Troy, NY, area, Street Taco VII was created by the owner from their love for tacos, owned by Osjah Blandshaw’s

Conrad Custom Creations
Handmade personalized + customized designs

Sweet Confections by LaTasha, LLC
Home Based Baking Business featuring various delicious types of granola, owned by LaTasha Moseley.

Faerydale Consignment – 1251 Rt 29 Greenwich
Faerydale is a 9,000 sq ft. consignment shop that will enchant your senses. Beautiful, unique items at low prices, owned by Robyn Scutt.

Ya Ya’s House Southern Cuisine – 135 Broadway, Schenectady
Owned by Amanda “Ya Ya” Thompson, they features some of the best southern food Schenectady has to offer.

Cult Salon – 113 Remsen St, Cohoes
Located on historic Remsen Street, Cult Salon offers hair cutting, coloring, styling, extensions, and more, owned by Angela Molano

A FEW OF MY ADDITIONS: here are a few that weren’t mentioned on the Facebook thread but are a few of my personal very favorite female-owned businesse

Scotia Sweets – see my posts about Scotia Sweets HERE
Scotia Sweets is a small-batch home bakery in upstate New York specializing in cookies and brownies, owned by Leigh Baker.

Carmella’s Beauty Bar – see my posts about Carmella’s Beauty Bar HERE – 714 Saratoga Rd, Burnt Hills
She offers skincare services, lash extensions, nails, and full body waxing. My personal favorite is getting facials, so relaxing in just an hour. Also, the lash lift and tint is genius! Owned by Carmella Laporta.

Studio 4 Yoga – 151 Lafayette St, Schenectady
Hot yoga, pilates, and more. Studio 4 Yoga isn’t just a place to work out, it’s a community where everyone is welcome. Owned by Michelle Pollard.

Bittersweet Candy – see my posts about Bittersweet Candy HERE – 173 Jay St, Schenectady
hand made, small batch, different and delicious chocolates, old school candies & unique gifts, owned by Heather Lent

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