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.MoreLess
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.
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.
A passion project for chocolatier Carol Gancia, Kokak Chocolates has become a Bay Area favorite. The truffle collection features delicious house-made fruit and ganache fillings, such as beloved Apple Pie, Coconut Pie, Coffee, and Earl Grey Tea. They can be ordered for local SF delivery, curbside pick-up, or shipped.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.