12 Female-Owned Businesses We Love!
If you’ve followed us for any time at all, you’ve heard us preach “collaboration over competition” or “complete don’t compete.” As we continue on with our Why Nashville? Why Now? Entrepreneur Series, we’re thrilled to share with y’all twelve of our favorite female-owned, local business to support. Each of the women below brave a different industry and are putting out remarkable products, services, and experiences in our city. More than that, we genuinely love each of their hearts for what they do and who they are.
Don’t miss these talented SHE’s, kickin’ butt and takin’ names in Nashville!
Ali Ryan, The Dry House
A New Jersey native with more than 17 years of styling experience, Ali’s dream became reality after moving to Nashville and opening The Dry House in 2014. With her famed tagline, #highclassbadass, the blowout bar (and full salon) has since topped the charts as an in-demand salon for locals, a favorite spot for Nashville’s A-listers, and a tourist destination for those visiting the city. Look for a new Brentwood location to open later this year.
Melissa Schleicher, Hunter Paige & Parlour3
Also on the beauty front reigns celebrity stylist, Melissa Schleicher, and her multiple, bedazzled Brentwood concepts. Hunter Paige facilitates all things bridal and bridal party while her first venture, Parlour3, remains makeup and hair mecca for the who’s who of Williamson County.
Alexis Cook, Unlocked
This beyond-her-years, go-getter launched Unlocked Nashville while finishing her senior year of undergrad study at Vanderbilt. Unlocked is a for-profit business that employs people transitioning out of homelessness to make and sell jewelry. They are launching a fully sustainable production campaign in the coming weeks. Stay tuned and listen here for more on Alexis and Unlocked.
Kathy Thomas, Collective615
Who has time to spend all day at a 9-5, and who has the discipline to work full-time from home? We struggle with both, and Collective615 is the answer! While co-working spaces are far from a new concept, Kathy is opening Nashville’s first exclusively female co-working space this August 2019. In addition to memberships for workspace, Thomas hopes to offer motivational speakers as well as and a mentor program through Collective 615.
Mollie Lacher, Sunny Care Services
Mollie Lacher is braving a sorrowful space with seriously needed service. Sunny Care Services is a concierge and planning service for families who have recently lost a loved one. From the hundreds of choices that go into funeral and service planning to the plaguing months that follow changing account information, canceling credit cards, and handling insurance, Sunny Care efficiently and empathetically bears logistical burdens so those grieving are able fully start processing their loss.
Caity Degroot & family, The Happy Campers
A true family affair, Caity Degroot and her father, mother, sister and both their subsequent fiancés are the bundle of brains behind what has become our absolute favorite addition to a party. Pare down the vendor list for your next event, and seek out The Happy Campers for all bar, beauty, and bell tent needs. And DO NOT miss their swanky Champagne Truck - mocktails, bubbles, and cocktails all available!
Trish Elam, Pandy Cotton Candy
Need the perfect party favor, sweet treat, or colorful tablescape decor? Check out Pandy Cotton Candy and the dozens of unique, handspun flavors, shapes, and sizes of gourmet cotton candy they provide. Trish started this company to bring people joy, which her heart and her products do with sugary flare. They even come do hand-spinning stations for any get together!
Nanda Santos, Nanda Santos Photography, Floral, & Events
This Brazil native turned Nashvillian has leapt into the local event game with a pizzazz! Not only has she shot a large portion or our NaSHEville content photos and events, but she got her foot in the door of the country music scene by shooting Brittany Aldean’s beloved maternity photos. Check out more of her photos, floral work, and entrepreneurial endeavors here.
Jessi VanZant, Let It B Love
If you’ve been to any of our downtown fundraising events, you’ve seen the cheery work of Let It B Love. While Jessi’s specialty is in kids’ luxury parties, she can style the heck out of anything you’ve got. She’s even made a Broadway honkytonk look pretty in pink and all out fiesta’d for us.
Macy Weaver & Kendra La, The Plaid Rabbit
A 30-year Green Hills staple for baby gifts and children’s clothing, Plaid Rabbit became the dream career of its two newest owners, Macy Weaver and Kendra La, in 2013, who have best friends since childhood and share a love of beautiful clothing and personalized gifts. They have since opened a second location in Brentwood.
Raechel Myers & Amanda Williams, She Reads Truth
She Reads Truth is a worldwide community of women who read God’s Word together every day. Founded in 2012, She Reads Truth invites women of all ages to engage scripture through curated daily reading plans, as well as online conversation led by a vibrant community of contributing writers. Their community represents a long list of cities and countries, a variety of backgrounds and traditions, and countless real-life stories, but the founders are tried and true Nashvillians.
Devika Kumar, CycleBar Hendersonville
What we love about this CycleBar is not only their pristine space and killer instructors, but Devika, the studio’s owner, is active to support charity rides and causes of many kinds. Just last month they hosted us for a charity “Champagne & Cycling” ride to benefit Modern Widows Club. Worth the workout and worth the drive!