10 MORE Women-Owned Businesses to Frequent This Month

03/06/2023 in
10 MORE Women-Owned Businesses to Frequent This Month

It’s Women’s History Month, and though we know you’ve been patronizing every one of Lower Manhattan’s businesses all year, this is certainly as good a time as any to spotlight the women entrepreneurs who chose to make downtown their base. Last week we shared a roundup of women-owned businesses in the neighborhood, but there are more! Be sure to also set foot in these 10 shops this March and beyond.


It’s tempting to spend your lunch hour at any number of Lower Manhattan’s shops and restaurants. But, rather than rushing yourself through a meal or running an errand while contending with crowds and chaos, why not treat yourself to an actual break? Thread (140 Nassau St.) is an ideal salon for a self-care session in the middle of a work day, and, as if you needed them, here are five reasons why.

Bean and Bean

The Lower Manhattan location of Bean and Bean (71 Broadway) whips up hot, foamy lattes for anyone in need of a luscious jolt of caffeine. And that’s not all: Mother-daughter duo Rachel and Jiyoon Han ensure every bean is fair trade, and, aside from their total of four locations, operate their own roastery in Queens. FYI: Check out their nifty corporate coffee-gifting packages they’ve put together for your colleagues who sometimes work from home.

The Corkery

Stocks some of the rarest wines in New York, Joanna Preuninger’s charming storefront (15 Bridge St.) always pops some interesting corks at their weekly wine tastings. You’ll definitely want to follow their Instagram and keep up with what they’re pouring.

Bombay’s Indian Restaurant

Sonal Vyas’s modest dining room inside Bombay’s (60 Pearl St.) almost always has a bustling lunch crowd lining up for those crispy samosas and chicken tikka appetizers. So if you can’t stomach waiting for a table (okay, the line isn’t really that long!), then you can count on their swift deliveries for those tender pieces of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices.

Wisdom Candles and More 

Nadine Sirena’s Wisdom Candles and More (220 Front St.) has a wide selection of candles, handmade soaps, art, florals and jewelry — and, obviously, a unique array of candle types, too. Some items are part of a “divine bodies” collection celebrating the human form, from pregnant bodies to sculpted abs.

d Elici

Rookies to the neighborhood might not be privy to the goods inside d Elici (71 Nassau St.). The grab-and-go deli counter truly delivers when it comes to affordable sandwiches, offering hot and cold options to get you through the workday — such as this $7 reuben

Pretty Well Beauty

This stylish emporium inside the Oculus is filled with more than 50 brands and 500 items — at least 70 percent of which are BIPOC-founded. The store preaches inclusivity in its products, with personalized care, and the goal of having a place from all over the globe discover beauty and wellness products.

Zaza Diner

Zaza (104 Greenwich St.) has a voracious 11-page menu — as New York diners should — replete with dozens of melts, panini and hot sandwiches to devour. There’s also a requisite selection of never-ending breakfast plates from which to choose (e.g. chocolate-chip pancakes for the table). And, if there’s still room, go for one of their milk shakes for $7 — and customize the flavor (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry) and its additions (Oreo crumbles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Nutella) all by yourself. Honestly you deserve it, imo.

City Blossoms

Longtime local florist City Blossoms (62 Trinity Pl.) has a sublime collection of bouquets for the spring, and we say there’s no time like the present to celebrate the women in your life (and support small local businesses in the process) by sending a thoughtful arrangement to their office or home.


Mixing up Uzbek, Kazakh, Uyghur and Tadjick cuisines, Farida (32 Cedar St.) has a long list of halal pilafs, skewered meats and platters for hungry Lower Manhattan diners. They’ve also got a list of Central Asian wines and funky Eastern decor, making visitors feel like they’ve traveled across the world for their meal.

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