March is National Women’s History Month and it’s also springtime! Celebration National Women’s History Month in Detroit by shopping local female-owned Detroit brands. This annual declared month is both a celebration of the past and present women changemakers. From trialing historic events and literal marches in our contemporary society, women have become warriors for their rights.
Be inspired this new year by checking out incredible female-owned Detroit brands and businesses that are making a come-up right here in the city. They give voice and flair to future business leaders.
Detroitisit rounded up a fun and empowering list of female-owned Detroit brands popping up in Parker’s Alley and other female-owned shops that are making moves in Detroit on a daily basis!
First, it’s helpful to know what exactly Parker’s Alley is or a quick recap if you’re already familiar. Essentially, it’s a newer place to shop downtown, but it also has a lot of history! It pays homage to Thomas Parker, who was one of the city’s first Black landowners. The Shinola Hotel Parker’s Alley is a great spot for finding a variety of clothing items from local shops. You’ll also find it alive with art, music, and scenic photography areas. Take the family along for a celebration of Detroit’s dedicated local entrepreneurial sphere! It’s a mix of global brands and homegrown businesses.
BON BON BON
New to Parker’s Alley, Bon Bon Bon and the internationally-trained artisan connoisseurs, known as “The Babes Babes Babes”, have officially moved into Parker’s Alley with their third brick-and-mortar chocolate shop. Bon Bon Bon makes Bon Bon Bons in Hamtramck, the heart of Detroit. You can expect bursting off-the-wall flavors that are local and fresh since they source their chocolate responsibly. Every single Bon is hand piped and hand packaged into recyclable, locally sourced boxes. Click HERE to view their website.
Have you heard of TLB? If not, perhaps you know The Lip Bar! Owner Melissa Butler is a Detroit native that worked on Wall Street and moved back to Detroit to open up TLB. This vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand is for anyone looking for a more genuine beauty experience. Let TLB, formerly known as The Lip Bar, be a beautiful reminder that everyone has a unique look that doesn’t need to live up to standards. Visit TLB at Parker’s Alley or click HERE to view their website.
Location: 7650 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI
Female-owned Detroit brands aren’t just for the ladies! Check out Good Neighbor’s curated collection of stylish wardrobe essentials for men and women at Parker’s Alley. Founded by Carli Goltowski, neighbor-in-chief, Good Neighbor is your go-to for high-quality brands that value mindful sourcing and ethical manufacturing like Lacausa, Level 99, Grayer, Goodman, ABLE, York Projects, Gentle Fawn, Goldeluxe, and many more. Check out “The Give-Back Bag” with 100% of proceeds from the tote going to Growing Places Indy and Keep Growing Detroit. Visit Good Neighbor at Parker’s Alley or click HERE to shop online.
If you haven’t heard about Dama Detroit, then you may have seen their designs without knowing! Alexandria, a native Detroiter, founded Dáma Detroit in 2020 after having spent much of the past decade living abroad. And thus, a culturally unique, casual, modern chic fashion was born! Her inspirational interview series ‘Women We Love Wednesdays’ highlights many local female entrepreneurs. In 2022, when the war in Ukraine was still ongoing, the brand continued to support relief funds by donating 20% of their net profits to @womenforwomen on IG to help with the relief effort. Click HERE to view their website and shop online.
Parker’s Alley isn’t the only place that’s celebrating female-owned brands! Every day is a celebration when your shop is owned by powerful women and helps other women celebrate themselves. Treat yourself to some fancy finds from Coup D’etat. The owner, Angela Wisniewski has plenty to offer at this stylish, historic boutique setting. Shop online or visit in person. It’s a gold mine of eclectic contemporary women’s apparel, accessories, and lifestyle items for independent designers and emerging brands. Click HERE to view their website.
Location: 3044 W. Grand Boulevard Ste. L-460, Detroit
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