Women of Worcester

A snapshot directory of women-led businesses and organizations in the area, adapted from our Bingo game at the 2021 Kick-off Event!

There are so many incredible women-owned and led businesses and organizations in Worcester and we want to make it easy for you to find them! This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a solid starting point for the awesomeness you can find in Worcester. Some of these are co-owned by men - we can appreciate a good partnership. Contact us (contact@ypwaworcester.com) if you have any you want to add (or if you notice any errors)!

Bakeries

The Queen's Cups

The Queen’s Cups is a bakery specializing in cupcakes and a rotating daily menu.

Owned by: Renee Diaz

Our suggestion: The Matilda, whose name stems from the cake in the movie, is an experience you won’t forget.

Crust Bakeshop

Crust has two locations that serve delicious coffee, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches! You can also find their pretzels and other treats in some breweries, like Redemption Rock and Timberyard.
Co-owned by: Alexis Kelleher
Our suggestion: Grab a dirty chai and a chocolate chip cookie and sit on the patio at their West Boylston Street location. You can also grab local treats like jams and honeys while you’re there.

BirchTree Bread Company

BirchTree Bread Company is a bakery in the Canal District specializing in fresh, artisanal breads.

Co-owned by: Avra Hoffman and Rob Fecteau

Our suggestion: Try the whipped feta. It tastes good on anything, even a spoon.

Bean Counter Bakery & Cafe

Bean Counter has three locations in Worcester and Shrewsbury serving up coffee, cakes, and other sweet treats.

Owned by: Alice Lombardi

Our suggestion: Get the oreo cupcake and an iced caramello latte (with an extra espresso shot if you’re really tired).

Glazy Susan

Worcester’s first specialty donut shop that bakes and glazes the classics, vegan, and seasonal offerings that melt in your mouth.

Co-owned by: Susan and Joe Skrzek

Our suggestion: Order your must-try donut online, and then when you stop in to their DCU location to pick up... surprise yourself with more donuts and one of their seasonal drinks!

Pig Out Bakery (inside New Tradition Company)

Pig Out Bakery is a vegan junk food bakery that has different pop tart flavors every month.

Owned by: Mandy Sherman

Our suggestion: The pop tarts may change each month, but don’t sleep on the blueberry muffins!

Other Sweet Treats

Mrs. Moriconi's

Serving up from-scratch artisan ice cream, Mrs. Moriconi’s can be found at events all over Massachusetts or during certain hours at their home base, The Sprinkler Factory.

Owned by: Julia Moriconi

Our suggestion: The Milk & Cookies ice cream is a partnership with Crust Bake Shop - double win!

The Cookie Lady's Daughter

A cookie company specializing in decorating events and take-home activities, The Cookie Lady’s Daughter hosts classes at local breweries and wineries: like a paint night, but with cookies.
Owned by: Veronica Adams
Our suggestion: Grab tickets to one of her classes at Redemption Rock Brewing Co. - you can grab take-out from somewhere on Shrewsbury St, get there early, and have dinner and a beer before you decorate your dessert.

Minuteman Kettle Corn

Operating out of the Worcester Regional Food Hub, Minuteman Kettle Corn can be found popping their corn at events all over Massachusetts, as well as packaged inside small shops in New England.
Owned by: Sue Flynn
Our suggestion: their Classic Kettle Corn can’t be beat.

Activities

Worcester Center for Crafts

Offering classes in glassblowing, pottery, metal working, photography, and more, the Worcester Center for Crafts is the perfect place to find a creative outlet. 
Executive Director: Elaine McKenna-Yeaw
Our suggestion: Sign up for a pottery class, and then binge The Great Pottery Throwdown on Netflix!

Restaurants

The Vegan Nest

An amazing vegan restaurant tucked away behind the DCU center, as well as in their new spot in Clinton!
Co-owned by: Nicole Broushet
Our suggestion: The jackfruit sandwich is amazing.

Mama Maebelle's One Love Cafe

One Love Cafe is an Authentic Jamaican Cuisine Restaurant located inside the Worcester Public Market.
Owned by: Venice Fouchard
Our suggestion: Try their Veggie Patty (which is full of vegan curried goodness), or their Jerked Pork, available only on Fridays!

Specialty Shops

K. Sense Co.

K. Sense Co. is a full retail eco-conscious gift boutique located inside the Worcester Public Market.
Owned by: Katherine Aguilar
Our suggestion: A Koquito scented candle… coconut rum, cinnamon, & vanilla, mmmmm.

Tidepool BookShop

Located right on Chandler Street in Worcester, this book store has new and classic titles carefully selected and arranged to engage, inspire, and inform.
Co-owned by: Jo and Huck Truesdell
Our suggestion: The cookbook section is a great way to “spice” up your cooking habits!

Sweet Jane's Designer Consignment

A short walk from Armsby Abbey, Sweet Jane’s is a fabulous shop filled with designer bags, on trend clothing, and a great place to scoop up something new to your closet.
Owned by: Amanda Setaro (A 2021 40 Under 40 winner!)
Our suggestion: If you have an upcoming event (the onslaught of delayed events shall be upon us for a while), we suggest scoping the racks for some swanky dresses and heels.

The O Shop

Tucked right into the residential West Side is Worcester’s newest boutique for lingerie and intimacy products. The store has been curated to truly celebrate all bodies, and the team creates a safe space so you can feel your best for any event!
Owned by: Stephanie Ramey
Our suggestion: Their Evelyn & Bobbie Defy bra is like wearing angel wings on your boobs, snag one in a neutral or check out their seasonal colors and thank us later.

Crompton Collective

Crompton Collective is located in the Canal District and sells vintage and new home decor and handmade gifts from local makers.
Owned by: Amy Lynn Chase
Our suggestion: Visit the column to the left when you walk in to find goodies from tons of awesome local makers!

Worcester Wares

Worcester Wares is located inside both the DCU center and the Worcester Public Market and sells locally made Worcester gifts and souvenirs.
Owned by: Jessica Walsh
Our suggestion: Grab one of their stickers (designed by local artists!) for your water bottle or laptop to represent your city.

Events

Ladies Night Out Worcester

An annual ticketed event, held this year in the Higgins Armory building, where 60+ women-owned shops, businesses, and groups come together for the best day of shopping and networking that you can imagine.
Owned by: Allison Hale
Our suggestion: We hope you stopped by the YPWA table ;)

UMass Cancer Walk

The UMass Cancer Walk supports adult and pediatric cancer research taking place right here in Central Massachusetts at UMass Chan Medical School. In 2021, it was actually at Polar Park!
Coordinated by: Julie Bowditch
Our suggestion: Join the YPWA team yearly!

Health & Wellness

Maker to Main

Maker to Main is a full-service grocery store downtown that is filled with goods from makers and farmers in Massachusetts and all over New England.
Owned by: Lynn Cheney
Our suggestion: Mi Nina Jalapeno Agave Tortilla Chips and Kitchen Garden Farm Salsa: a perfect combination.

NKD Beauty

NKD is an esthetics studio for both women and men, specializing in waxing, lash extensions, skincare, and permanent eyebrow makeup.
Owned by: Kristie-Lee Laskes
Our suggestion: Book an appointment with Marlena, NKD’s resident massage therapist. She is a pain relief wizard, and on your way out book yourself one of the seasonal facials as a treat for your next visit. 

Vita Hydration

Holistic wellness center offering a variety of services: IV vitamin therapy, infrared sauna, halotherapy, yoga, meditation, and more.
Owned by: Alana Giannopoulos
Our suggestion: The salt room looks super relaxing - give it a try and let us know what you think!

Breweries

Redemption Rock Brewing Co.

One of Worcester’s B Corp businesses, Redemption offers a beautiful, bright space for humans (and their furry friends) to sip delicious beers and coffee beverages while snacking on cheese and hummus boards. 
Co-owned by: Dani Babineau
Our suggestion: Get there on a Tuesday and join in the brewery’s weekly run club. You might even catch a glimpse of Jimmy, the brewery cat, who runs the place.

Nonprofits

Main IDEA

A non-profit that empowers youth by providing quality accessible arts programs to under-resourced communities, specifically in the Main South area of Worcester.
Executive Director: Joy Murrieta
Our suggestion: twice a year they collaborate with The Cookie Lady’s Daughter to accept donations sponsoring cookie activities for the kids! Follow along on social media for more info.

Services

Stephanie Audette Design, LLC

Stephanie Audette Design is a branding & graphic design company for small businesses.

Owned by: Stephanie Audette Connor.

Serving Worcester County and the surrounding area, Stephanie has helped build the look of Worcester by offering her branding services to some of our favorite local spaces.