We are so thrilled to partner with Intentionalist for a special Mother’s Day blog collaboration featuring mama-owned businesses! Incase you don’t know about Intentionalist, it is a fantastic resource for making it easy to find & support small businesses in your community and get to know the diverse people behind them. The founder, Laura, is a huge inspiration to me and I am honored to get to partner with them! Be sure to check out the post I wrote for Intentionalist about how being a parent helps fuel passions + businesses (featuring input from some of our Om Mama Collective members!), and what mom-entrepreneurs need from the community here!
Written by Haley Witt, Content Coordinator at Intentionalist
This Mother’s Day, Om-Mama has collaborated with Intentionalist to create exclusive content in support of mom-owned businesses in our communities!
Haven’t heard of Intentionalist? Briefly, Intentionalist is built on one simple idea: where we spend our money matters. Intentionalist makes it easy to find, learn about, and support small businesses and the diverse people behind them through everyday decisions about where we eat, drink, and shop.
On the Intentionalist blog, we talked to mom-entrepreneurs and asked them about the unique gifts and hardships of straddling motherhood and business ownership. You can read that blog here.
In addition to sharing these stories, we wanted to provide a resource to #SpendLikeItMatters at diverse brick-and-mortar mom-owned businesses in Seattle.
Here are ten suggestions for your Mother’s Day spending.
Treat Mom to a New Outfit
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a friend or taking time for some well-deserved retail therapy, you’ll find many treasures amid the thoughtfully curated selection at Rustic Rose. The shop is cheeky and chic, featuring unique home decor, kids’ clothing, and fashionable women’s clothing and accessories. As the name implies, the store has a modern, rustic feel with lots of feminine flare. Owner Janelle Timm is a mom of two who always dreamed of opening her own boutique!
Grab a Kid-Friendly Lunch
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If you’re curious about the whimsical name of this cafe, it was named after the owners’ children! Owners Victoria Loce and Mario Reyes have nicknamed their kids “fish” and “puerco” (Spanish for “little pig”), hence, Pigfish! The menu at Pigfish is very sandwich-forward, and regulars especially rave about the roast beef and pulled pork offerings. Of course, the restaurant would be remiss not to serve fish, and they do a great job with a classic plate of fish and chips!
Find a Maternity Gift for a New Mom
In 1983, Shelley Capretto opened Village Maternity. A mom herself, she opened the store to provide support and community for new moms in the area. It’s only fitting that her daughter, Anna Capretto, now owns and runs the store. The maternity store is unique for a few reasons, namely that they stock a curated selection of local, environmentally-conscious, and locally conscious brands. It’s also one of few places where you can actually try on a nursing bra! They aim to be selective with the products they stock, and their staff is always knowledgeable about all of their goods. Village Maternity also offers classes where prenatal and postpartum parents can learn about birthing, tummy time, transitioning home, and more!
Order Some Sneakily Nutrient-Dense Snacks for Your Kiddos
Kids (and adults!) love treats! But what if you could enjoy the taste of your favorite delicious treats — but amp up the nutrient density? At Power Yummies, Teena North makes gluten-free, nut-free goodies that incorporate sneaky ingredients for maximum nutrition. She makes her snacks and treats with power flours, super seeds, and lots of veggies to power up. Teena is a self-proclaimed, “mom-turned-crazy-baker” and has made tons of delicious treat recipes like dark chocolate broccoli brownies (yes, broccoli!), lemon spinach chia cakes, orange carrot quinoa cakes, and more.
Enjoy a Soft-Serve Treat
Sometimes, you just need some dang feel-good food. On those days, Seattle locals flock to Milk Drunk, a spot known for crispy fried chicken sammies and cold, creamy ice cream. Owners Sara Knowles and Logan Cox are also known for their nearby restaurant Homer, which is the upscale older sibling to this more relaxed neighborhood joint. You’ve got 7 sandwich options (including a vegetarian Portobello option) and another 6 soft serve varieties to mix and match to your liking. If you’re not going for the more traditional sandwich, you can dream of toppings like shaved ham and hot honey or their fabulous garlic & date ketchup!
Find a ‘Treasure’ that Pays it Forward
Diane Miller was a stay-at-home mom and wife on a mission. In 2016, Diane and her daughter wanted to start a business to increase awareness and raise money for childhood cancer, human trafficking, and juvenile diabetes research. Thus, Treasures 4 Humanity was born! This beautiful shop, where business meets philanthropy, carries specialty, handcrafted items including purses, jewelry, and lotions. They also stock a variety of women’s fashion pieces and stylish shoes. Fun fact: 10% of net proceeds go to Strong Against Cancer, Polaris Project, and JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation).
Try Delicious Afghan Dishes
Nasrin Noori grew up in Afghanistan and loved spending time in the kitchen where she challenged herself to create delicious meals with limited ingredients. Today, she owns Jazze’s to offer healthy Afghan fusion food prepared with organic, local ingredients. Nasrin’s menu also caters to a variety of diets, including paleo, vegan, and gluten-free options. Jazze’s is part of the Food Innovation Network’s Spice Bridge food hall in Tukwila. Fun Fact: Nasrin named her business after her children whose first initials spell “Jazze.”
Delight in Bubble Waffles and Cantonese Snacks at a Mother-Daughter Spot
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Owned by mother-daughter duo Xuefei Li and Yanhong Liang, Cafe O’ Dessert is a cozy Cantonese cafe that’s a popular social spot for university students. While Cafe O’ Dessert serves a full menu of soups, stir-fry dishes, and omelettes, it attracts regulars with its many flavors of Hong Kong-style soft shaved snow and egg bubble waffles.
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Grab a Slice of Sweet Potato Pie
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Owned by mother-daughter duo Barbara Collins & Lillian Rambus, Simply Soulful serves up authentic Southern cooking in a relaxed and welcoming cafe atmosphere. What began as a small operation selling their famous Sweet Potato Pie quickly transformed into a community hub for delicious food and friendly service. Pro tip: When it comes to the food, you can’t go wrong – be sure that whatever you order includes one of Simply Soulful’s famous cornbread muffins.
Browse Ethical, Sustainable Clothing
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Alicia Peru is owned and run by mother-daughter team Alicia Rodriguez and Patricia Markevitch. Alicia and Patricia offer unique and exceptionally crafted sustainable women’s fashions using the exceptional natural fibers and weaving/knitting heritage available in Peru. Each seasonal collection at Alicia Peru draws elements from current trends in women’s fashion, however Alicia always seeks to incorporate newness into her products. Their accessories and home accents are sourced from global niche brands. Alicia Peru creates social and economic opportunities for artisans in Peru. They pride themselves in knowing their knitters.
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