15 Female-Owned Businesses In St. Louis

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In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, we thought it an opportune time to celebrate a roundup of some female entrepreneurs in St. Louis who we love. Below, discover the stories of smart, savvy businesswomen with fresh ideas—and the drive to make them happen.

Back Trap Yoga
Founded by Brittany L. Hill, Back Trap Yoga is a modern reinvention of the centuries-old mind-and-body practice of yoga. Practice with a contemporary flair as you listen to trap music, jazz, R&B, electronic, funk and more while moving through poses.

Wai Ming Studio
An exceptionally talented fashion designer, Emily Brady Koplar founded her own fashion brand, Wai Ming Studio, in 2012. A participant in the Saint Louis Fashion Fund incubator program, Koplar’s designs have been worn by everyone from Taylor Swift to Emily Blunt, Kerry Washington and Carrie Underwood.

Agrela Ecosystems
Co-founded by Nadia Shakoor, Ph.D, this highly ambitious AgTech startup‘s flagship product is the PheNode, a solar-powered crop monitoring platform that aims to help crop breeders develop and isolate factors necessary to increase crop yield. Watch the company’s video to learn more about this incredible technology developed by an ambitious female entrepreneur.

Cheree Berry Paper
Designer and artist Cheree Berry founded Cheree Berry Paper in 2007 and has since developed designs for an elite client list. The entrepreneur also brokered a negotiation with Target, where customers can purchase her designs.

Urban Matter
Stocking their shelves with works from over 130 small-scale artisans, Urban Matter is the perfect boutique where you can find one-of-a-kind specialty gifts and handmade items. Owners Mary Hennesy and Amy Schafer developed their Dutchtown-based locale amidst the historic architecture and beautiful red brick of St. Louis’ South City.

When St. Louis entrepreneur Karen Copeland’s son was born with a developmental disability, she and business partner Beth Forsee set out to create what they call “a job-creation machine for adults with intellectual disabilities, disguised as the world’s best soap company.” The result is Sammysoap. Located in Kirkwood, this heartfelt business crafts beautiful soaps and personal care items using zero synthetic materials, fragrances or dyes.

Mahnal Jewelry
Mahnal Jewelry founder Shayba Muhammad crafts miniature wearable art pieces out of brass, with designs that are simple and elegant. “I want wearers to feel just as positive, confident, and inspired as I do when I’m designing for them,” she writes in the bio of her website.

The Vault Luxury Resale
The ladies of The Vault routinely shop high-end closets to bring designer fashion down to an affordable price. So if you’ve always longed for a pair of sky-high Jimmy Choo’s or Manolo Blahnik’s, they can be yours with a visit to The Vault in Brentwood.

Byrd Designer Consignment Boutique
This business’s Instagram feed is mad style goals. You’ll find it all at Byrd: velvet booties, Chanel pumps, pearl-ribbed gladiator sandals and more. Another great option for designer style on a budget.

A beacon of light for St. Louis’ women in business, Brazen‘s membership program helps female-owned businesses develop, with connections to mentorship, resources and more. If you’re a female entrepreneur based in St. Louis, investigating this organization is a must.

K. Ferrara Color
Upon discovering it is not unusual for nail polish to include toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde and camphor, St. Louis entrepreneur Kathy Ferrara decided to break the mold with her own curated line of nail polish, free of harmful ingredients. The finished line includes 12 elegant, carefully selected colors.

If you love the look and feel of a gorgeous leather jacket but also can’t stand animal cruelty, you are in luck. St. Louis entrepreneur Chrissy Fogerty‘s eponymous boutique, Fauxgerty, sells gorgeous vegan leather items made with a specialty material Fogerty searched long and hard to find. Be sure to visit her Central West End boutique to find the perfect faux leather piece.

Claire Flowers
St. Louis native Claire Flowers spent years in the corporate world trying to figure out where and how to find a good quality heel that wouldn’t break off or destroy her feet. When she came up unsuccessful, she decided to craft her own brand of comfortable, elegant heels and business attire for women.

Rise Collaborative
Rise Collaborative is a coworking space developed specifically for female entrepreneurs. The coworking space and community center even hosts a program for high school-aged girls, which allows them to connect with inspirational women in business.

ALIVE Magazine
ALIVE’s own Elizabeth Tucker cofounded ALIVE 15 years ago. Navigating the difficult terrain of the ever-changing media landscape has not been easy, but being steeped in the heartland’s community of creatives has streamlined the mission.

Featured photo courtesy of Alice Donovan Rouse.

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