Orlando’s most essential woman-owned businesses and restaurants
As equal rights icon Jo March would say: "Women!"
With March being Women's History Month, we thought it'd only be right to highlight some of the City Beautiful's most essential woman-owned spots. From independent bookstores and thrift shops to sandwicherias and "nerd hubs," Orlando has plenty of places to patronize.
Some are new-ish, some are neighborhood icons, all are woman-owned and deserving of a visit.
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2424 E. Robinson St., Orlando
Milk District’s own Etoile Boutique is a vintage dream shop offering a range of clothing, accessories, furniture and more. Owner Falon Quillen opened the shop in 2006 and has named her boutique Orlando’s resident original style hub, and rightfully so.
750 N. Thornton Ave., Orlando
As you probably guessed, this shop offers quite the experience. Mainly an independent bookstore, Spiral Circle also offers retail goodies, wellness products and home goods (including crystals!).
Photo by Rob Bartlett
617 N. Primrose Drive, Orlando
Milk District hangout Se7enbites might be known for nostalgic baked goods and Southern breakfasts but, says pastry chef and owner Trina Gregory-Propst, "I'm most proud of our salted caramel dark chocolate pecan pie." It's the pie that started it all for Propst, but perfecting her signature item put the affable, icy-pawed patissière through the wringer.
636 Virginia Drive, Orlando
This cozy wine and cigar shop doubles as a locals' lounge, all opened up by owner Nora Brooker. Enjoy a cigar in the designated cigar room or hang around the patio for the good vibes.
3201 Corrine Drive, Orlando
Orlando's cheese-centric is "cultured beyond cheeses," with offerings like charcuterie boards and killer grilled cheese creations.
67 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando
Pom Moongauklang, owner and operator of Pom Pom’s, was born in Thailand, spent time in her family's restaurants in Orlando, and made her way to New York, where she earned a degree as a pastry chef. Now, her sandwicheria features themed gourmet sandwiches and unique salads.
This woman-owned book shop features a mobile “book truck” filled with Spanish-language literature.
2603 South St., Orlando
This City Beautiful essential market-based counter, by Celine Duvoisin, specializes in vegan and dairy-free baked goods and wedding cakes. And according to their Instagram bio, there's "No eggs. No dairy. No racism." That's the kind of mission statement that we'll definitely rally behind.
12226 Corporate Blvd., Orlando
Whimsical unicorn murals adorn the walls of this vegan doughnut and sweets shop (also owned by Celine Duvoisin of Valhalla Bakery!). Valkyrie is known for its Instagrammable plant-based doughnut creations made from scratch.
2812 Edgewater Drive, Orlando
A modern gift shop with plenty of personality in the heart of College Park. Owner Sarah Johnson-Markve opened the shop with a vision: to create a space for the community to gather, shop and learn.