20 Women-Owned Businesses to Support in Atlanta
From wine shops to farms and everything in between.
If you ask Sarah Pierre, owner of 3 Parks Wine Shop, being a woman business owner in Atlanta is awesome. But there was a time where she didn't really put a lot of thought into it. “But now it's like, no, that's a big deal,” she says. “It’s a big deal to be a woman business owner. It's a big deal to be a minority business owner.”
In the past few years, Pierre has noticed a shift in the Atlanta landscape where women business owners are making their presence more known. And a lot of women entrepreneurs in Atlanta are working together to shine the spotlight on one another. “I get messages all the time from other women business owners and we bounce ideas off of each other frequently,” she says, noting she gets particular inspiration from the group Let’s Talk Womxn started by Chicago restaurateur Rohini Dey. “That’s what I try to do as much as possible is try to bring as many people into these support networks.”
So let’s toast to these women-owned businesses for Women’s History Month. From wine shops to bakeries to farms, here are 20 women-owned businesses to support in Atlanta.
3 Parks Wine Shop
After working for esteemed restaurants like Atlanta's Bacchanalia, Sarah Pierre turned her passion for wine into a retail shop. Dubbed 3 Parks after the three parks it sits near—Glenwood, Ormewood, and Grant—the shop is a sunny spot that invites you to peruse the shelves (although it’s takeout only for now). Many of the wines are reasonably priced with a focus on small production wines, family-owned vineyards, family-owned properties. If you're a major oenophile you’ll want to check out the monthly wine club.
How to support: Order online for pickup or delivery (within city limits)
The Little Tart Bakeshop
Sarah O’Brien’s pastries are made with love and it’s noticeable in every bite of buttery croissants, densely-packed strawberry galette, or savory turnover. In 10 years she’s taken her business from a farmer’s market booth to three brick and mortar locations (and a sister ice cream shop in Big Softie). You can still catch them at Peachtree Road and Grant Park farmers markets, too. O’Brien also co-founded the Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice with Lisa Donovan and Cheryl Day.
How to support: Order online same day pick up or pre-order pastry boxes.
Perrine's Wine Shop
Perrine Prieur Gallardo opened Perrine’s in the Westside Provisions District complex after working as a sommelier in Atlanta’s Joel restaurant (now closed). The Burgandy, France native created an unpretentious space where one can swing by and purchase wine and cheeses. They also host weekly tastings which are virtual for the time being.
How to support: Order some wine online for pick-up or delivery (if you live in the city of Atlanta)
For Keeps Bookstore
Rosa Duffy opened For Keeps in 2018 in the historically Black neighborhood of Sweet Auburn. The walls are lined with rare and classic Black books; some are for sale, and some are for reading in-shop only. The store is currently open for appointments only.
How to support: Make an appointment.
Big Daddy Biscuits
Lauren Janis knows how to make dogs smile. For proof, give your pooch one of her treats and watch joy ensue. The Big Daddy team makes a variety of treats including turkey bacon dog biscuits, grain-free twists, and even ones that help curtail bad breath.
How to support: Order online or find them in a shop around town.
Rodgers Greens and Roots Farm
Ashley Rodgers proudly calls herself a farmHER and has been growing beautiful produce at her farm in Douglasville since 2016 (she managed farms in Georgia for several years before that). A favorite of chefs and farmers market-goers, her produce is lauded for somehow just tasting better (by somehow we mean the love and care she and her team put into the process of growing organic produce).
How to support: Pre-order for pick-up at Peachtree Road Farmers Market on Saturdays or at the farm.
Roma Patel founded Tejari after discovering a need for healthy and convenient snacks while juggling two little ones. After consulting with food scientists and registered dietitians, she created Tejari, a smoothie powder that contains fruit, spices, and plant-based protein (the blueberry and spinach combo is especially delicious). All you have to do is add the liquid base of your choice.
How to support: Purchase online.
Founded by Akila McConnell, a former lawyer who turned her love of history and Atlanta into a business, Unexpected Atlanta offers various tours. You think you know the city? Take one of their tours, like the Grant Park Past and Future Food Walk or the King Historic District Tour, and you'll see it in a whole new way.
How to support: Take a tour (virtual offerings are available, too)
Belen De La Cruz
When Belén de La Cruz moved to Atlanta, the Argentinian native couldn't find any empanadas that reminded her of home. So she did what any entrepreneurial-minded woman would do and opened her own shop. She serves baked empanadas with fillings like beef, chicken, and tomato mozzarella. There are also sweet treats on standby like alfajores.
How to support: Order online for pick-up.
Living Walls is a nonprofit founded by Monica Campana that seeks to promote social change through the use of public art. The organization works with different artists to paint murals around town, typically in underserved communities that aren’t always privy to such art. One of their most recent murals was produced in collaboration with Adult Swim and painted by Jasmine Nicole Williams, a Black American artist who grew up in Atlanta. Find it behind the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
How to support: Donate or volunteer.
Nakato Japanese Restaurant
Japanese restaurant Nakato opened its doors in 1972 and is now run by the granddaughter of the founders, Sachi Nakato. She grew up around the restaurant and is now a familiar face to all who go. Located on the rapidly changing Cheshire Bridge Road, Nakato has evolved over time while still remaining steadfast in offering delicious hibachi and sushi.
How to support: Dine in or order takeout.
Missy Koefod and her wife Kristin Koefod created 18.21 Bitters in 2014 when Atlanta was shut down for a snow “storm.” They played around with bitters and shrubs recipes and 18.21 Bitters was born. The name is a reference to the two amendments that enacted and repealed Prohibition. Among the options are standouts like Earl Grey bitters, lemon basil rich simple syrup, and blood orange and ginger shrub.
How to support: Order online or visit their shop inside Ponce City Market.
Decadent cocoa bombs, chocolate bars filled with strawberry jam, macadamia nuts covered in white chocolate and raspberry—is there anything Jocelyn Gragg can’t do? Gragg produces these treats and more out of her chocolate factory in Chamblee.
How to support: Order online for curbside or shipping.
Anne Quatrano’s Bacchanalia is an Atlanta icon, and so is she. The restaurant is known for its upscale approach to seasonal ingredients and luxe atmosphere. Quatrano is known for running Bacchanalia (and Star Provisions and Floataway Cafe) as well as mentoring other women in the Atlanta restaurant industry.
How to support: Dine-in or order takeout.
Beautiful Briny Sea
Salts, glorious salts! That’s what you’ll find coming out of Beautiful Briny Sea’s Grant Park's studio. Owner Suzi Sheffield infuses sea salts with a variety of herbs and ingredients like rosemary, mushrooms, and sumac. They also produce infused sugars (the vanilla one is to die for) and sprinkles.
How to support: Order online.
Cruelty-free nail polish in the most vibrant colors? Sign us up! Candy Paints comes from the imagination of founder Shardae Layfield. The Atlanta native pays tribute to her city through the colors’ names, from Grady Baby (a subtle gray) to Gresham Park (think street sign green) to the chrome-like ATLien. Bonus points for the polish being extra durable.
How to support: Order online.
The Chai Box
Monica Sunny couldn't find chai (tea) like the stuff she grew up with in India, so she started her own company. She sells a variety of chai combinations with hand chosen spices and tea leaves (the sweet monsoon with coconut and mango is heavenly) and the eponymous chai box with spice compartments. It's currently online-only but Sunny is in the process of opening up a retail space in Marietta.
How to support: Order online.