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    As Women’s History Month comes to a close we have to be sure to acknowledge the many strides that women have made throughout history and those who are currently leaving their own mark now. At tgin we have decided to honor women’s history month with some of our favorite women owned businesses in Chicago. Here are 10 of our favorite women owned businesses in Chicago.


    Of course we have to start off by mentioning our very own CEO here at tgin, Chris-Tia Donaldson. Chris-Tia launchd tgin after coming out with her book, Thank God I’m Natural which chronicled her experience being a natural professional and featured celebrity hairstylists, tips, tricks and recipes for natural hair products. From selling products at local festivals to being sold in stores internationally Donaldson and tgin have come a long way and will only continue to move forward.

    2. Vosges Haut-Chocolat

    If your sweet tooth is unsatiable and chocolate happens to be your weakness then Chocolatier and founder Katrina Markoff will provide you with everything you need. Her one stop chocolate shop features tons of chocolate delecatbles perfect for gifts or simply on the go chocolate fixes.

    3. Love Cork Screw

    Creator Chrishon Lampley is a certified wine enthusiast who turned her passion into profit. After losing her popular art gallery, Three Peas Art Lounge in the South Loop, Lampley refused to give up. As curated of wine lists, blogger and enthusiast her calling of curating her own wines was a no brainer. Since its inception in 2013 Love Cork Screw has acquired over 50 locations including; Target, Mariano’s, Whole Foods as well as Chicagoland restaurants and bars and is constantly growing.

    4. Bates Meron Advertising Agency

    President Beck Bates brings her artistic mind and creativity to everything she does. After becoming a senior art director at not one but two agencies she decided to open her own. At BatesMeron Sweet Design there team of creatives work together to craft branding and marketing that makes an impact while giving their clients an edge in everything they do.

    5. Envy Me Hair Studio

    Envy Me Hair Studios is the go to destination for all things hair and beauty. Owner, Lalitha Arnold has been in the cosmetology business for over two decades. Specializing in multi-cultural hair, extensions and natural hair there is space for everyone at Lalitha’s top of the line hair salon.

    6.Glitter Nail Salon

    From full sets to pedicures the ladies and gentlemen at Glitter Nails know a thing or two about nails and leave their customers elated with each set. Owner Tisa Durham not only provides amazing services for nails she also hosts classes and workshops.

    7. Bleu Vodka

    If you’re in the mood for a nice cold drink Bleu Vodka has just what you need. CEO Alizabeth Jetter started the company with her husband after being introduced to the idea of fusing liquors in 2014. In addition to be great tasting their vodka is also 100 percent all natural, gluten-free, with no artificial colors or flavors.

    8. Flowers Communication Group

    Flowers Communication Group is an award-winning integrated marketing communications firm, that bring authentic innovative ideas to their clients. Founder and CEO, Michelle Flowers Welch is constantly bringing new ideas to the marketplace while employing the best and brightest Chicago has to offer.

    9. Shred 415

    If you’re looking to get in shape and have fun while doing it, Shred415 is the place for you.Founded by Chicago fitness experts Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer in 2011 after not finding a fitness centered that catered to parents and professionals they came up with the concept of a fitness center that caters to everyone no matter their fitness level or home life. Offering children classes, private classes and more, Shred415 is defintely a fitness center in Chicago to visit.

    10. Majani Soulful Vegan Cuisine

    Majani’s Soulful Vegan Cuisine provides mouth watering meals straight from local gardens to their Chicagoland customers. Owner Chef Nasya & her husband, Chef Tsadakeeyah started Majani’s to insure that everyone in Chicago was afforded good and healthy food.


    Have you tried any of these chicagoland women owned businesses?

    Ashley Renee is a writer, natural hair enthusiast and film maker from Chicago residing in Los Angeles. You can keep up with her on ig@ashleyreneepoet or visit her personal blog poetashleyrenee.


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