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GoNOLA Tops: Women-Owned Businesses in New Orleans

JoAnn Clevenger is the chef and owner of this Uptown establishment. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Anytime is a good time to support women-owned businesses, but Women’s History Month in March is the perfect excuse. We tasked our Editorial Team with rounding up some of their favorites, though here in New Orleans, it’s hard to choose just a few. From shops to get all dressed up in, to studios to sweat it out in, and a few special spots to treat yourself, see our picks below.

Cupcakes from Beth Biundo Sweets (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Beth Biundo Sweets

3917 Baronne St.

If it looks too good to eat, odds are it’s a cake from Beth Biundo Sweets. New Orleans native and founder Beth Biundo’s art history and design background laid the foundation for a career in baking, allowing her to turn a simple sugar cookie, cupcake, or tart into a work of art. Indulge in cake flavors like coconut rum, pear gingerbread, and sour cream cake with berries, or special-order cookies for any occasion.

Century Girl

2023 Magazine St.

Stepping into Century Girl is like stepping back in time and into a fabulous and lavish fantasy closet. Curator Leah Blake has selected charming vintage finds that will leave you feeling enamored with the past. Century Girl opened its doors in 2014 and has been delighting its visitors with Jazz-age glamour, whimsical garden party feels, and classic and tailored looks ever since. If you want a treat (because you deserve it!), step in and revel in the beauty of this shop, and take your pick.

House-made cards and other paper items from Scriptura (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Scriptura

5423 Magazine St.

We like writing love notes to our favorite girls, and always make it a point to stop in at Scriptura to see the latest, luxury stationary. From beautiful, lavish cards to delightful desk decor, Scriptura always leaves us feeling inspired. If you have a special occasion to prepare for, they are known for their beautiful, custom invitations.

Glitter Box N.O.

1109 Royal St.

A shop/space run for women by women, Glitter Box N.O. is both a community gathering space and a brick-and-mortar store inclusive of all “womxn,” including trans women, gender queer women, and non-binary people who are femme-identified. Head over to check out an upcoming event or just to see the shop’s featured collection with everything from apparel to jewelry to art and paper goods.

Mignon Francois, founder of the Cupcake Collection, makes the best cupcakes in town (Photo: Quest Meeks)

The Cupcake Collection

2917 Magazine St., Suite 102

Sometimes, the best things come in small packages, and that’s definitely the case at The Cupcake Collection. Founder Mignon Francois began making cupcakes with her daughters in the kitchen of her home and expanded to businesses in Nashville and New Orleans. The made-from-scratch, homemade flavors include classics like chocolate and carrot cake as well as a rotating schedule of premium flavors like Campfire S’Mores, King Cake, and Lemon Meringue. Gluten and dairy-free options are also available.

Reyn Yoga

725 Magazine St.

One of our favorite spots to sweat it out in the city is at this warm and airy studio. Located in the bustling Business District, Reyn Yoga was one of the first yoga studios to emerge downtown. Owner Reyn Reed began her yoga studies right here in New Orleans before leaving to New York City to study at New School University, Parsons School of Design, and Eugene Lang College, and eventually returning home. Reyn Yoga classes offer an accessible, contemporary, and integrated approach to yoga.

Upperline serves fine Creole cuisine with a wide array of wine options. (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Upperline

1413 Upperline St.

The original meaning of the word ‘restaurant’ was ‘to restore’ and Chef and Owner JoAnn Clevenger sets out to do just that with her restaurant, Upperline. When Clevenger opened Upperline, she wanted it to be a haven for her guests. It has become a fixture in the neighborhood ever since it opened and offers fine Creole dining alongside a bevy of fine wines.

*Editor’s Note: There are so many wonderful women-owned businesses in New Orleans. This is just a snapshot. Head over to NewOrleans.com for the full list.

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