Today (March 8) is all about celebrating and championing equality for women.
To help you do that locally, we put together this list of woman-owned businesses in Tucson. Bookmark this for later to continue supporting women who make our community stronger.
And yes, we know this isn't a comprehensive list. Share your favorite Tucson spots owned by local women. You can fill out a survey with your info here. We also want to hear from lady makers and artists — and that includes Etsy entrepreneurs — as we start to expand this list.
Antigone Books has so many books and gifts for all the badass women in your life. It's an independent book store right on Fourth Avenue that has been in business since 1973.
If you want to go the extra mile, buy the whole store. Its current owners, Trudy Mills and Kate Randall, are looking to hand the keys over to someone who is "the best match."
Where: 411 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 760 S. Stone Ave.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Bra Spa's Margo Hall, the owner of this local lingerie boutique, wants to make bra shopping enjoyable. She specializes in fittings and helping customers find the right fit and style — especially if you're size triple D and beyond.
Where: 6544 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Store hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Bravo Boutique, owned by Katrina Anderson, also specializes in lingerie and bras. The Plaza Colonial shop offers a spa-like atmosphere.
Where: 2840 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 140.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Buffalo Exchange is a higher-end secondhand store, selling-gently used brand name items.
The national chain is owned by Kerstin Block and was started here in Tucson in 1974.
Where: 2001 E. Speedway
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Store hours: Collette: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Boutique 816: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Desert Vintage sells vintage styles inspired by the Southwest. Salima Boufelfel and Roberto Cowan own the shop and curate its inventory. Pieces span the beginning of the 1900s through the 1970s.
Where: 403 N. Sixth Ave., Suite 119.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Green Things has a Facebook page that will make you want to start gardening. And they'll teach you how. The retail and wholesale plant nursery is known for its poinsettias but also hosts classes on everything from drip irrigation to pest management (a few upcoming classes). They'll also teach you how to do a super cute DIY succulent garden or reuse broken pottery. Jan Westenborg owns the business.
Where: 3384 E. River Road.
When: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
How Sweet It Was Vintage has given shoppers a vintage outlet since 1974. Owned by Crissy Burgstaler, the shop came into a collection of vintage lingerie last spring. A perusal of the Etsy shop reveals there are still 1960s- and 1970s-era panties, baby doll sets and gowns for sale. But if that's not your thing, still go. There's so much to sift through at this shop.
Where: 424 E. Sixth Street.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Inside + Out has an air plant bar and tons of adorable gifts, including plenty of items that will make your cactus-loving heart happy. Cricket DeVries owns this shop. And bonus: Most of what you'll find here is pretty affordable.
Where: 5425 N. Kolb Road.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Little Bird Nesting Company, owned by Charlotte Lasselsberger, sells new, gently-used and handmade gear and clothing for babies and kids up to age 8. You can find expensive baby gear priced at 50 to 60 percent of retail.
Where: 4508 E. Broadway.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Living Rainbow Gift Shop might not make it into your day-to-day shopping. It's in Summerhaven. On Mount Lemmon. But the cute shop owned by Debbie Fagan sells wind chimes, beads and other quirky gift options. Plus it's just fun to browse. The shop has a resilient history — it rebuilt after the Aspen Fire burned the building down in 2003.
Where: 12789 N. Sabino Canyon Park on Mount Lemmon.
Store hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (Most days. Call first).
Mabel's on 4th is a kitchen shop that opened last year in the former space of How Sweet It Was Vintage. Mabel's has a fun assortment of modern and vintage-looking kitchen stuff. Nicole and Johnny Carrillo own the shop.
Where: 419 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
MAST will satisfy your desire for pretty things with its collection of jewelry, decór and artwork.
The three ladies behind the shop at Mercado San Agustín — Sofie Albertsen Gelb, Tasha Bundy and Mellow Dawn Lund — are also the creators of some of the store's jewelry and leather goods.
Where: 100 S. Avenida del Convento.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Mildred & Dildred, owned by Autumn Ruhe, sells toys that encourage your kiddos' imaginations. The local toy shop in La Encantada often hosts events geared toward children and doesn't mind if your kids play before you purchase.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Mostly Books is a local book store so lovely this couple got married there last year. The indie book store supports local authors and stocks latest releases. Shopping here supports owners and sisters Bobbe Arnett and Tricia Clapp.
Where: 6208 E. Speedway.
Store hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The shop was founded in 2008 by Jennifer Radler, Shannon Riggs and DeeDee Koenen, who have been featuring their work made out of recycled and refurbished materials in the space since the day it opened.
The store also has quite the number of items up for sale from local artists.
Where: 422 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Razorz Edge, an alternative fashion shop on North Fourth Ave., was founded by Lauren Baker and Rachel Balls and opened in March of 2007.
You'll find alternative, punk, goth, rock and rockabilly fashion, as well as makeup, handbags, wallets and accessories for men and women.
Where: 427 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Rosie's Barkét has everything you need to pamper you pooch. Full of dog treats, toys and other specialty items, the shop off of Fourth Avenue also has a self-serve go was station. Nicole and Johnny Carrillo are also the owners of Mabel's On Fourth.
Where: 327 E. Seventh St.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
The Running Shop is where you go to find running shoes that make the whole running experience slightly less painful. The store sells shoes, clothing and accessories for casual walkers and hardcore marathoners. They'll also help get you fitted correctly. Sharon Bart is the owner. The shop has been open since 1981.
Where: 3055 N. Campbell Ave. #153.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The Rustic Candle Company on Fourth Avenue is one of the best places in town to burn some wick without catching your wallet on fire.
There are plenty of pillars and scents to choose from. We're a fan of the Desert Sage candle, but their seasonal items are pretty great too. Monica Cota owns the shop.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Saguaro Market is a boutique specializing in handmade paper, gift wrap, letterpress arts, unique gifts and home accessories, as well as the artwork and crafts of Tucson artists.
It opens several days a month and is arranged and decorated differently each time.
The shop is owned by Kirstine Spengler and her husband, Steve Thompson.
Where: 657 W. St. Mary's Road
Contact: Click here for store hours and the next open market.
Sew Hip is a sewing boutique with adorable fabrics and sewing classes for beginners. They host classes for all ages and ability levels and clubs that work on projects together. You can even organize a girls' night here and use their machines. Sisters Kristin Owens and Brittany Severns own the shop.
Where: 3400 E. Speedway.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday by appointment only.
Silver Sea Jewelry sells handmade jewelry, hair accessories and other fun oddities. The store's owner, Lizzie Mead, creates a good portion of the jewelry and is one of the organizers of the annual Return of the Mermaids event. The shop has been open since 1993.
Where: 330 N. Fourth Ave.
Store hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Summit Hut, with its two locations, is Tucson's go-to for all things outdoorsy. In 2011, Dana Davis and her husband Jeremy bought the business from the previous owner, Dave Baker. We love this store for finding the gear you need for hiking, camping, birding, climbing and more.
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: 3065 N. Campbell Ave.
Store hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Chic Boutique has it all: Lingerie, designer bags and shoes, dresses and spa services. The store's owner, Stacy Madigan created the concept to help women feel beautiful inside and out. There's even complimentary wine, beer or flavored water while you get a pedicure or shop!
Where: 25 E. Congress Street
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Saturday hours vary, depending on events downtown.
Contact: 520-260-0000 or follow the FB page
Anita Street Market sells handmade tortillas by the bagful, but is also known for having some of the best burritos in town.
Owner Gracie Soto has continued on her family's business for more than 30 years in the Barrio Anita neighborhood.
Where: 849 N. Anita Ave.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday
Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches is known for its yummy sandwiches and homemade cookies. It opened its first store in 1984 and was founded by Cheree Garrett-Jeffries.
Where: There are nine locations to choose from. Click here to find one.
Store hours: Store hours depend on location. You'll find those details when you click on location.
Birrieria Guadalajara serves a variety of Mexican soups like birria, posole and menudo as well as chimichangas, flautas and more. The business is owned by Guadalajara-native Monica Gonzalez.
Where: 304 E. 22nd St.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Blue Willow has a fresh menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items, as well as a gift shop on the premises of the 1940's adobe house. The restaurant is owned by Rebecca Ramey.
Where: 2616 N. Campbell Ave.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Boca is a taqueria that serves gourmet Sonoran tacos in a casual setting. Check out owner Maria Mazon’s rotating list of creative salsas, with fruits and herbs like blueberry and basil.
Where: 533 N. Fourth Ave.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Café Poca Cosa has been a fixture of downtown since 2006. Owner Suzana Davila changes the menu twice daily with different healthy takes on traditional Mexican dishes. Also check out its sister restaurant The Little One, 151 N. Stone Ave.
Where: 110 E. Pennington St.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Cashew Cow is a non-dairy ice cream shop in Broadway Village shopping center. Owner Jennifer Newman uses cashew milk and a wide variety of fruits to create flavors like lemon poppyseed and chocolate chip cookie dough.
Where: 16 S. Eastbourne Ave.
Hours: Noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: Click here.
Ghini's is a French cafe and bistro that's well-known for its weekend brunches, with dishes like croque madame and eggs provençal. Chef and owner Coralie Satta is originally from Marseille, France.
Where: 1803 E. Prince Road.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
Ike's Coffee and Tea serves up hot caffeinated beverages, as well as sandwiches, salads and other treats. The coffee shop is owned by Jackie Sharma and opened its first shop in 2001 and currently resides downtown.
Where: 100 N. Stone Ave., suite 111
Store hours: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
La Cocina is a popular cantina and restaurant located in the historic Presidio district downtown. The outdoor oasis is owned by Jo Schneider, who also owns Bentley's coffee shop near the University of Arizona.
Where: 201 N. Court Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Renee's Organic Oven is known for its freshly-baked breads and healthy meals like the pasta primavera with the zucchini noodles.
Owner Renee Kreager fills the menu with local ingredients as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.
Where: 7065 E. Tanque Verde Road
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.
Yellow Brick Coffee is a single-origin coffee roaster and cafe headed up by Anna Perreira. She works with her brother David to educate consumers on the importance of working directly with farmers in Africa and Latin America.
Where: 3220 S. Dodge Blvd. Suite 1.
Cafe hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Bodyworks Pilates is designed to lead to physical transformation. It offers a full professional Pilates equipment in a supportive, non-competitive environment. There are private and semi-private sessions, as well as group classes.
It was founded in 1993 by Kyria Sabin Waugaman. She is also the founder and director of Fletcher Pilates, an international Pilates school.
Studio hours: Contact the studio directly for schedules.
Combat Krav Maga: Unit 545 is owned by Jenna Herder. Herder teaches Krav Maga classes for all levels and also has a women's self defense class that she teaches every Friday. Herder and her mom JoAnn Herder also own I-10 Self Storage at the same location.
Where: 3273 N. Freeway Road.
Gym hours: Visit combatkravmagatucson.com for class hours.
Dolly Quinn Salon Spa is a full service salon offering hair cuts, colors, styles, manicures, pedicures, facials, body treatments and much more.
The salon's owner, Dolly Quinn, has been in the cosmetology field since 1972.
Where: 6823 E. Camino Principal
Salon hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Floor Polish is a new dance studio on Fourth Avenue owned by Marina Cornelius. Don't expect boring classes here. The studio has a disco ball and classes include Cardio Party-O and Bollywood Groove.
Where: 408 N. Fourth Ave.
Studio hours: Check the class schedule here.
Contact: Call 333-5905.
Gadabout Salon Spas is the place to go to get pampered and beautified. You can get your hair done, a facial, mani-pedi, massage — anything to make you feel beautiful.
Pamela McNair-Wingate opened the first Gadabout Salon in 1979 with a staff of eight. Pamela's daughter, Jana Westerbeke is now the co-president of the company.
Where: There are several. Click here for locations.
Salon hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Contact: Click here.
Groomingdales Pet Salon is the place to take your pooch to be pampered. The doggy day spa has been a winner of Tucson Local Media's Best of the Northwest competition for pet grooming and is owned by Mary Alice Bushey.
Where: 4759 N. First Ave.
Salon hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Jay Bee's Auto Services handles general auto repair like brake repairs, tune-ups, cooling system and radiators, electrical diagnosis and repair, oil and filter changes and more.
The shop is owned by Jacqui Harry, who has been known to buy warm socks for her employees during the winter. It has been in business since March 1987.
Where: 5070 E. 22nd Street
Shop hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Lucky Cat Social Art is an airy studio in Oro Valley for paint and craft parties. Owner Michelle Schloss envisions the business as a replacement for happy hour. BYOB and get painting.
Where: 7872 N. Oracle Road.
Schedule: Visit luckycatsocialart.com for upcoming classes.
The Craft Revolt is the only arts and crafts studio offering classes and workshops for adults and kids on the far east side. It does paint parties as well as after school art for kids. Its owner, Libby Hays considers her business a revolt against technology and sees it as a way to get back to making things for people and creating together.
Where: 7545 S. Houghton Road, Suite 101
Schedule: Visit thecraftrevolt.com for upcoming classes and events.
Contact: 245-0340 or follow the FB page
Our Play Place is exactly what its name implies: A place for the kids to let their imaginations run wild and play. The business' owner, Mary Cliff has always believed kids learn best from play. So she created an indoor interactive space to explore and imagine. There's even a coffee bar for parents.
Where: 3951 W. Costco Drive
Cost: $10; $7 each additional child
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday; 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and 9 to 11 a.m. every first and third Sunday