Women-owned businesses are showcased in downtown Fayetteville

In honor of Women’s History Month, Cool Spring Downtown District has released a list highlighting women-owned businesses in downtown Fayetteville.

Bianca Shoneman, president and CEO of Cool Spring Downtown District, said the list of more than 70 businesses was compiled “in the hopes that it will generate additional sales, create camaraderie among business owners and inspire other women to pursue their entrepreneurial goals”.

According to Cool Spring Downtown District, of the 200 downtown restaurants, retailers and service providers, 37% are run by women.

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The businesses highlighted range from cafes and restaurants to shops and attractions.

For Tianna Dean, owner of Hummingbird Candle Co., making the list is important.

“When you see another woman doing it — especially another woman of color doing it, another mother doing it, another single mother doing it — every time we see other women breaking through those glass ceilings and doing something something that’s never been done or something different from how others are doing it, it just lets you know it’s available to you.”

Uplifting and supporting other women is a core value at Hummingbird Candle Co., located at 240 Hay St., Dean said. The company has an all-female management, offering flexible hours, according to Dean.

Dean said she wanted to help women find balance in their lives.

“We want women to thrive in all areas of their lives and working 40 hours a week is not going to be enough,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to sacrifice yourself and choose between being a mother or honoring and nurturing your friendships or whether you want to volunteer at church or you want to do anything. Work shouldn’t stop you from We want women in our organization and everywhere, honestly, so we can have and live abundant lives.”

Downtown newcomer Ambery Edge is transitioning from her award-winning vegan food truck business, Authentique Cafe, to a traditional restaurant, Vibe Gastropub.

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Edge remembers being one of the only women when she started in the food truck business in Fayetteville in 2016 and not having many women to turn to for advice. According to Edge, some people took her under their wing when they saw she needed help.

Edge built her food truck herself, which she said gave people a different perspective.

“I think a lot of people weren’t used to seeing women building things and also being business owners and also doing it on their own because they were used to seeing people who have husbands or men by their side,” she said. “I think for me it was good because it gave me notoriety. People knew me because of that.”

Edge said she hopes to inspire other women to pursue what they want.

“You’re the only person who stands in your way like nothing else does,” she said. “Truly if you want something strong enough you will get there. I think it’s one of those things, like if you believe in your ‘why’ big enough if you have a ‘why’ that really moves you enough, nothing can stand in your way but you.”

List of downtown women-owned businesses

1. 3 BC’s Cleaning LLC – 107 Gillespie St.

2. 5 West Media Group – 225 Ray Avenue

3. A Bit of Carolina – 306 Hay St.

4. Amazon Braids & Hair Weaving Salon – 117 Person St.

5. American Barber Shop – 118 Hay St.

6. Antonella’s Italian Ristorante – 300 Hay St.

7. Array Magazine – 231 Hay St.

8. Sarah Meyers Soucier – 109 Gillespie Street.

9. Attorney Lila E. Washington, PLLC – 117 Person St.

10. Cape Fear Studios – 148 Maxwell St.

11. Pub Charley – 102 Person St.

12. Around 1800 – 108 Person St.

13. Cooking4Fitness – 130 Bow St.

14. Debbie Best by Edward Jones – 228 Winslow St.

15. Elements Lounge – 227 Old St.

16. Elevate Real Estate – 100 Hay Street, Suite 1000 (10th Floor)

17. Era Strother – 225 Ray Avenue

18. Euphoria Hair Color & Hair Salon – 136 Bow St.

19. Fabulous Finds Boutique – 310 Hay St.

20. Fayetteville Wellness Center – 311 Hay St.

21. Flower MYY Blossom – 225 Franklin St.

22. Fusion Salon – 304 Hay St.

23. Garnet Skull – 220 Hay St.

24. Gaston Brewery – 124 Hay Street

25. Gifted Hands Salon and Boutique – 125 Donaldson Street

26. Greg’s Pottery and Gifts – 122 Maxwell St.

27. Healthy Hippie Food – 103 Hay St.

28. Hummingbird Candle Company – 240 Hay St.

29. Kali’s Kloset – 314B Hay St. (second floor)

30. Keji Service Inc. – 105 Person Street

31. Lodestone Art & Antiques – 223 W. Russell St., 2nd

32. Market Roots – 25 Market Square

33. McRavin McKnight Legal – 107 Gillespie Street

34. Minx Diva Essentials – 306 Hay St., Suite A&B

35. Momma’s Village Fayetteville – 131 Hay St., Suite 201

36. Moonlight Communications Inc. – 121 Hay St.

37. Moore Exhibition – 219 Williams Street

38. Natural Genius Hair Salon – 315 Hay St.

39. Olde Town Gallery – 124 Maxwell Street.

40. IN A HURRY – 120 Hay St.

41. Prima Elements Wellness Center – 124 Anderson St.

42. Quack Quack Phone Repair – 218 Hay St.

43. Rainbow Room – 223 Hay St.

44. Reverie Merchandise and Gifts – 101 Hay St.

45. Rose Nation Yoga & Fitness – 229 Hay St., Suite 200

46. ​​Rude Awakening Coffee House – 227 Hay St.

47. Showin’ Love Hair and Nails – 227 Franklin St.

48. SkinSavvy Aesthetics – 25 Market Square

49. Skyview – 121 Hay St.

50. South Alternate Warehouse – 417 A Hay St.

51. Stacia’s Fully Loaded Grill – 200 Robeson Street.

52. Stevies on Hay – 318 Hay St.

53. Studio 215 – 215 Williams Street.

54. Stylized in Pieces – 100 Hay St., Suite 202

55. Sunshine Beauty & Bliss – 414 Ray Ave (new location)

56. Taste of West Africa – 116 Person St.

57. The Blue Violin 102 Person St., Suite C,

58. The Collective – 100 Hay St.

59. The Fayetteville Downtown Market – 122 Anderson St.

60. The Magnolia Spa at Shear Illusions -214 Mason St.

61. The Promise – 229 Franklin Street

62. The Sip Room – 108 Hay St.

63. Therapeutic and Wellness Solutions – 105B Person St.

64. Tress Connoisseurs – 314A Hay St. (second floor)

65. Turner Lane – 242A Hay St.

66. United Professional Realty – 107 Gillespie Street

67. Uptown Fourjay – 108 Gillespie Street

68. Vagabond Cafe – 106 Hay St.

69. Vibe Gastropub – 131 Hay St.

70. Volta Space – 116 Person St.

71. White Trash and Colored Accessories – 223 Franklin St.

72. Wine & Design – 113 Donaldson St.

73. Fayetteville Women’s Business Center at CEED – 230 Hay St.

74. X-scape Factor Fayetteville – 136A Bow St.

Editor Akira Kyles can be reached at [email protected].

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