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his International Women’s Day, we want to recognize and celebrate the incredible impact that women have had on our community. To show our support, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most inspiring and innovative female-owned businesses in the area. From fashion and beauty to food and drink, these women have created businesses that not only provide amazing products and services but also contribute to the local economy and support their communities. By supporting these businesses, you’re not only getting high-quality products and services, but you’re also helping to empower and uplift women entrepreneurs. So let’s show these amazing women some love and support this International Women’s Day!

Willow Cakes & Pastries

Run by Catherine O’Donnell, a pastry chef professor at Niagara College, and “Pastry Judge A”, a title bestowed by the World Association of Chefs, Willow Cakes & Pastries is a bakery and cafe in Niagara-on-the-Lake that you must try. With a variety of beautiful and delicious desserts, fresh loaves of bread, savoury and seasonal dishes, and more, the bakery has become a staple in the community.

Photos by Willow Cakes & Pastries

Cheekbone Beauty

Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned beauty brand that offers sustainable products known for their high quality. This cruelty-free, vegan, and clean beauty line offers a full selection of products including best-sellers like the Perfectly Imperfect Warrior Liquid Lipstick and Unify Multi-Pencils. Owned and created by Jenn Harper, Cheekbone Beauty also gives back to the community through different streams with a focus on making a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth and creating a space for everyone in the beauty industry.

Photos by Cheekbone Beauty

Planks Canada

This woman-owned and family operated business was created in 2016 with a desire to support ethical, sustainable, and fashionable retail. Ashlynn Ross, Founder, has created a community space in Crystal Beach that offers home and decor products, apparel, accessories, and more.

Photos by Planks Canada