March 8th is International Women’s Day and countries around the world will be celebrating progress, equality, and women’s accomplishments. In the United States, March is also Women’s History Month, making this the perfect time to celebrate women’s contributions. Show your support for local, women-owned businesses in Orlando by visiting some of the shops, restaurants, and bakeries in our list below.
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream
Brighten up any day with a scoop (or two) of small batch, homemade ice cream. Owned by a former nurse turned ice cream shop owner, Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream began as a food truck and now operates two locations in the Orlando area. Signature and rotating flavors include Cookie Monster, Maple Walnut, Hot Cocoa & Marshmallow, and Alligator Tracks, as well as non-dairy flavors. Try some at 3114 Corrine Drive or 1817 S. Ferncreek Avenue.
Naked Bar Soap Co
Treat yourself to all-natural spa day with the small batch creations of Naked Bar Soap Co. Owned by Natasha and Jennifer, two women with a passion for green beauty and natural products, the Naked Bar Soap provides quality products with all-natural ingredients such as shea butter, olive oil, and natural essential oils. Learn more about the benefits of all natural ingredients at 1520 Edgewater Drive.
Brandy Tezak is dedicated to providing the Orlando area with original and unique vintage clothing. Each piece at Retromended Vintage Fashion is hand selected by her. A stitch here and a button there updates vintage styles for the modern wardrobe. If you love vintage and unique fashion, visit them at their shop on 930 North Mills Avenue.
Indulge in heavenly pies, cakes, and magic bars at Sister Honey’s. The bakery is owned by award-winning baker Evette, who grew up cooking with her mom who was affectionately nicknamed Sister Honey. At their location on 247 E. Michigan Street you can find baked goods by the slice and individual portions, as well as an option to order whole pies and cakes.
The Rusty Spoon
One of Orlando’s most delicious farm-to-fork restaurants, The Rusty Spoon is the perfect place for fresh flavors and inventive dishes. The restaurant is owned and operated by Kathleen Blake, an experienced chef who’s received multiple awards for her tasty creations, including two James Beard Award Nominations. Come experience the fresh flavors of Orlando at 55 West Church Street.
Zou Zou Boutique
Wendy founded this stylish boutique at a time when such specialty shops were scarce in Central Florida. Today, Zou Zou Boutique boasts two Orlando locations which offer trendy, fun clothing and accessories in a space styled and designed by Wendy herself. Try on new looks at 7988 Via Dellagio Way and 2 North Summerlin Avenue.
All of these local, women-owned businesses are just minutes from Rosen Inn. Located on International Drive, Rosen Inn makes it easy to explore Orlando and provides all the amenities you need for an excellent vacation. Book your Orlando holiday by calling 407-996-4444.