Local Women-Owned Businesses
Our mission is to support local women-owned businesses and help you to do the same! Want to be included? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Art Coop, Inc., Urbana
Art Coop, Inc. is an art supply store and gift shop located in Lincoln Square Urbana. Art Coop has been owned and operated by local artists since 1971!
Bruno's Barkery, Monticello
Pet boutique focused on carrying the best quality foods and treats for cats, dogs, and small pets! Offering free delivery to Champaign, Bloomington, Decatur, Springfield, Danville, and more!
checkered moon was founded by sharon crow in october of 2000 in champaign, Illinois. sharon’s style stems from her florida roots – a blend of modern, friendly, and fun rolled into a shop! she added her second store in in the quaint town of mount dora, fl (just outside of orlando) in february 2014. checkered moon prides itself on it’s great energy, great staff, great selections and most of all it’s great customers! with a curated mix of styles and price points, checkered moon is a shop that brings people together and always makes you smile. it doesn’t take itself too seriously – the way life should be! our fabby finds are inspired by sharon’s eclectic taste and fun sense of humor – she invites you to follow along and keep up with the constantly changing collection of pieces and items for you and yours!
Findings Boutique, Champaign
Contemporary clothing & accessories, handbags and gifts. Specializing in modern classics with a focus on quality fabrics and construction.
Hartfield Book Company, Monticello
Independent bookstore in downtown Monticello selling new books and bookish gifts.
The Laurel & The Linden, Decatur
Handforged jewelry, faux stained glass art and wine bottle lights, and various creations in between created by mother-daughter duo Laura Harrison and Lindsey Kirk.
Monticello Mercantile, Moticello
Opening in 2016 In an Italianate -style home built in 1860, the Monticello Mercantile is located in downtown Monticello on E. Main Street, across from Monarch Brewing Company. The "Merc" is centered around making the connection between your shopping experience and memories. With a wide selection of home décor and kitchenware, patrons can also find boutique women's clothing and accessories, baby and shower gifts and accessories, and bath and body products. The Merc prides itself is giving local makers exposure, and has monthly events spotlighting certain lines and products. Visit the Monticello Mercantile Facebook page to discover our eclectic wonderfulness!
Posies & Pattycakes, Tuscola
We are a shop located in downtown Tuscola that offers embroidery, creative customs, and DIY workshops. We create shirts for one person or a group of 100. Our workshops cover a variety of topics from custom signs to wreathes and arm knitted blankets.
Yellow & Co., Mahomet
Shop downtown Mahomet- Full of art, accessories, home decor, jewelry, candles, paper goods, baby items, apparel and more! Much or our merchandise is handmade by local and regional makers, women-owned companies, or companies with a mission to do good in the world. We are now home to Paint Like ME! Party Studio. Visit our new location at 604 E. Main St, downtown Mahomet.
BEAUTY & BODY
Bouffant Salon focuses on healthy hair. We strive for excellence on guest service. Our mission is to not only do great hair in our salon but teach our guests how to use the right products, styling techniques and tools at home to maintain their style!
Soaps, oils, facial and body products, workshops, coaching and more! CONNECT you to your highest, truest, best self. EXPAND your mind beyond what you’re used to PROVIDE you with the tools to discover and achieve EXACTLY what you want from this beautiful journey of life.
A local beauty lounge where we cultivate “a fusion of authenticity and creativity to generate beauty”.
Wedding beauty experts since 2012, we are on-location glamour that provides make up and/or hair for weddings, events, photo shoots and more. Based in Champaign, Illinois, but we have a passion for travel. We can go anywhere a car or plane can take us! Available at Wingard Salon in Champaign, 805 S. Neil Street for trials and in salon events as well.
Family driven Aveda Concept Salon in Mahomet, Il. Focuses on haircuts, highlighting, formal hair, waxing, facials, and nail services.
On our small family farm in Camargo IL, we are committed to raising our goats, honeybees and botanicals organically, ethically and holistically. Each ingredient in our products begins in a pasture, field or forest, not a factory. Any ingredient that we are unable to grow ourselves is sourced from organic farms and fair trade suppliers around the world. The essential oils used in our products are of the highest therapeutic grade providing an unparalleled benefit to our clients. Beeswax, honey, goat milk and botanicals for our products are grown and harvested by hand on our farm. We then package each product by hand in environmentally friendly, recyclable packaging before shipping to you, our wonderful customers! It is our desire to create a unique and luxurious skincare experience using only the best that nature has to offer from the roots up!
Upscale hair salon in downtown Mahomet. Certified in Brazilian blowouts, micro bead sew in extensions, balayage, formal updos, airbrush makeup, and all other hair needs. Appointments available for everyone in the family. Follow us on Instagram at salon105kb. Call or text the salon at 217.714.2628 for inquires or booking.
Aveda concept salon and spa specializing in cuts, color and extensions.
The Wright Soapery is a small batch, palm oil free, artisan soap company located in Urbana, Illinois. Soap is our passion and we are committed to crafting the highest quality bath soaps that not only look and smell good but, most importantly, feel great on your skin. We want you to love using The Wright Soapery soaps as much as we love making them.
CANDLES & HOME GOODS
I utilize health and environmentally conscious materials to create beautiful and functional folk art and home decor through repurposing. The nature of my work allows for fun and funky expression while encouraging thoughtfulness with regard to what we can do with the things we normal just throw out. This is home decor you can feel really good about.
Jarah's Naturals handcrafted soy wax candles are made in small batches and handpoured in Central Illinois. As a busy mother of two, making candles is a fun, creative outlet combining my love of nature, beautiful and responsible apothecary packaging, amazing fragrance, and quality ingredients. My products are phthalate-free, lead-free, and bpa-free. Fragrance has the power to set a mood and even bring back a special memory of a time, place, or person. I strive to help my customers find that special connection with a fragrance in my handmade candle collections.
When we started candle making we knew we were on to something. Wonderful smelling candles, responsibly sourced products, delivered in beautiful packaging that was not over priced? How could we not launch this into a business and make wonderful smelling soy candles available to everyone? And that's how Soy Fabulous was born. We use 100% soy wax for EVERY candle. All products are sourced from the United States. All candles are made in small batches and hand poured, this allows for greater quality control. We hope you find these candles as amazing as we do!
Tracks on Wax opened up shop in 2015 after Amber decided to combine her love for art and music. Her handcrafted soy candles are a true work of art. Each candle represents a musician or song and is combined with a scent to capture a story. Much time, patience, and heart went into the construction of each candle. Amber also drew the “album art” for each scent.
Be the Benchmark offers confidence and communication coaching for teen and tween girls (and occasionally adult women as well!) Benchmark services include monthly Fierce Girl events, 1:1 coaching, and group workshops. Utilizing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Erin keeps clients of all ages connected to their "why" and accountable to their short and long term goals. She brings the perfect balance of fun, friendship, and challenge to her clients and workshops; creating an environment that is equal parts motivational and inspirational. Benchmark Mantra: Choose your thoughts. Create your life. Change the world.
From student athletes to developing artists to scholastic bowl champs, students of all types trust Illini Tutoring to help them get better grades and test scores. Our team of experienced, full-time staff of certified teachers and tutors offers second-to-none tutoring, homework help, and test prep for all math and science classes for 6th-12th graders. Our ACT, SAT, and SSAT prep programs have helped thousands of students get into their dream schools and win major scholarships.
Nannyville is an enhanced sitter service that specializes in connecting reliable-qualified caregivers with busy Champaign-Urbana families. Beyond helping families find the perfect nanny for their family we offer a Babysitting Membership. Families enrolled in our Babysitting Membership have access to qualified, pre-screened babysitters for on call and last minute babysitting. Whether it’s last-minute help when your regular childcare arrangements fall through, an extra pair of hands on the weekend, an unexpected sick day, or an occasional date night, we’re here to help!
Tutor Doctor provides in-home, one-to-one tutoring and test prep services in any subject and all ages.
I'm a licensed teacher with a licensed preschool in my home. I teach a hands-on, real life, experience- based learning style. A touch of Montessori influence mixed with kindergarten readiness skills, community involvement and many field trips to local places is the best way to learn in early childhood. I provide children unique, creative and fun experiences that will give them an excitement for learning.
Full-service bridal salon. We offer bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, mother’s dresses, tuxedos and suits, flower girl dresses, and bridal accessories.
A small-batch bow shop offering hair bows made from unique and vintage materials as well as one of a kind embroidered bows.
Polished Prints is a parenthood-inspired collection of modern apparel, gifts and wall decor. We believe in simple, creative designs that are a reflection of this time in our lives — pure, playful and strong. Our prints intentionally boast meaningful, positive messages that are intended to push more love out into the world.
Kurtz Counseling opened in October 2017. Rachel Kurtz, owner and LCSW, has been working with children, adolescents and adults since 2010. Her goal is to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential. She strives to connect with her clients and help them feel safe and secure in her office. Feel free to connect with her via Facebook, Instagram, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Roads Wellness opened in 2015 and is owned by Jessica Nemecz, Lori Young, and Heidi McGill with a shared vision to change lives through holistic mental health services. It has two locations including Danville and Champaign. They offer a variety of services to help you live your best life including counseling with 11 counselors available, supplementation support, medication management, and nutritional counseling with 2 nurse practitioners available, and community education. They help support children, teens, adults, couples, and families.
EVENT VENUES, RENTALS & PLANNERS
Bluestem Hall is a historic even venue located on the beautiful 120 acre Barnhart Prairie Nature Preserve! A family treasure, Bluestem Hall was built in 1963 and stands strong today with its original wood and metal interior. Brand new restrooms, bar, and multi-use room connect to the 250 guest main hall. Outfitted in a gorgeous hand-charred cedar siding, the building and the expansive views of the prairie seen from the wrap around porch create the most magical setting for any event. Open for tours now and available to book!
Hillary Rae Events is a team of event planners who create beautiful events from start to finish for weddings and corporate clients looking for help turning their event vision into reality — with step-by-step guidance along the way. We also specialize in vintage décor rentals by providing custom event design and antique décor for events looking for a non-traditional look. We provide unique items to rent for centerpieces, place settings, and more! Hillary Rae Events is located in Champaign, Illinois. We would love to work with you to plan your upcoming local or destination event!
Wedding design and rentals
Your event. Your way. Perfectly organized. Exceptionally executed.
We specialize in WOW! Lumen offers event design and management services and premium bar catering in Champaign-Urbana and the Central Illinois area. We customize your event to you, whether you are celebrating at one of our preferred venues or your location of choice. When planning events, Lumen aligns every detail to the vision and mission of the client. Lumen immerses guests in a unique world, if only for a night, and creates memories for a lifetime.
I am a Certified Wedding Planner from Taylorville Illinois. However, I do travel to any location and have decorated and coordinated weddings out of the state. I offer a large variety of decoration rentals from any kind of linens to centerpieces and barn doors and arches. I set up and take down decorations for your wedding/event. I can coordinate your event with all your included vendors or even coordinate your entire day. I do not only do weddings but all events such as graduations, bridal/baby showers, retirement, anniversaries, business meetings, and more. My consultations are free!
FITNESS & DANCE
Defy Gravity is a pole fitness, aerial arts, and group fitness gym that welcomes people of all shapes, sizes, and gender identities, no matter what your current fitness level. Gain strength, confidence, and a positive body image while interacting with a diverse and supportive community. We will cheer you on as you meet your goals and have loads of fun! Our instructors are certified pole and aerial fitness professionals with the knowledge to make your experience safe and energizing!
FIT4MOM believes is the strength of women in motherhood. We offer fitness and social programs for women in ever stage of motherhood. Our classes are specifically designed to assist women with child birth, to recover from childbirth and to gain a village of friends while working out. We have stroller based programs so moms can workout with their young kids in tow and teach them healthy habits and we have classes just for moms! Your first class is free, join us and you could meet your new best friend!
FLOWERS & NATURE
A. Hunt Design is a studio florist working out of her home offering whimsical floral design for everyday and special occasions as well as weddings and events. Andrea of A. Hunt Design was born and raised in Champaign. She traveled the country to study and explore life through her 20s and 30s and recently moved home to raise her family and root her business in her hometown.
Backyard Beauty is a flower & art farm in White Heath that offers sustainably-grown cut flowers, medicinal herbs, and on-farm workshops. In partnership with Intuit Studios, unique creations for the home and garden are also offered. Backyard Beauty’s owner/operator, Megan Murphy, is the 4th generation to live on her family’s centennial farm.
Delight Flower Farm is a sustainable, women-owned cut flower farm. Since 2011, we have provided the Champaign-Urbana community with access to beautiful, fresh and safe cut flowers. What began as a humble experiment in a backyard garden, has grown into a thriving small farm that provides an alternative to the status quo of the present day global flower industry.
Wedding and Event Floral Design
FOOD & DRINK
Remember all those amazing jams and jellies and pies your Grandma made? That is how Holly's Country Canning came about. When my Grammy passed away a few years ago, I inherited her recipe boxes, all 8 of them. I thought about what I learned when I was in the kitchen and wanted to bring back the recipes of yesteryear. I make over 25 kinds of jams and jellies from plain fruit to alcohol infused fruit spreads. Wine jelly, sauces, bacon jam and salsas are also in the line up. I do custom baking using my jams and jellies in cakes, pies, and desserts made to order, along with my famous ginormous cinnamon rolls. I added catering to my business last year and custom make amazing dishes for any wedding type and venue.
Coming spring 2019- Industrial Donut is a made-to-order donut and coffee shop, located in Savoy, IL. FRESH cake donuts, customized by YOU... the possibilities are endless! Industrial Donut proudly serves coffee from locally owned and operated, Columbia Street Roastery.
Just BEE Açai is a vintage 1963 Shasta Compact Camper that is currently being restored into a mobile food “truck”. Launching Spring 2019, you will start to see this eye-catcher of a beauty being pulled all around Central Illinois providing customers with both nutrient-rich food options and, more importantly, positive mindsets to help fuel their body as their on-the-go trying to keep up with this crazy adventure that we call life!
Established in 2017, Page Roasting Company is an artisanal coffee roasting business offering alternating single origin coffees, in addition to a few consistently available blends. Page aims to offer members of the community the highest quality coffee possible, manually roasted in small batches and made available to drink and for purchase at many Champaign/Urbana locations.
Grab-n-go meals at the Refinery Gym Don’t blow your work-out efforts with unbalanced take-out food. Pre-order a breakfast, snack or dinner and have it waiting for you at the gym! Get as many individual meals as you want, or order family-sized trays that serve 4. Pick up a ready-to-eat healthy, clean meal at a sensible price with the confidence that it’s a macro balanced, positive step keeping you on your meal plan. * Multiple Meals delivered to your home or office, early in the week, to make sure you have the healthy, balanced options at your fingertips. Ready made meals mean NO wondering what to cook, NO time spent on shopping, cooking and cleaning and NO temptation to go off-plan with delicious meals already in your kitchen.
HOME SERVICES & REALTY
My company, Ward & Associates, Realtors, Inc., offers over 40 years of real estate experience in all facets of real estate services - Residential, Commercial, Rental, Brokerage Services as well as Market Prep, Design and Staging, Renovation, Consulting, and Management. As an independently, locally owned agency we have an inherent passion for our local area, strong ties to our community and an intimate understanding of our market. The quality of our service and the level of care we bestow on our clients set us apart. We quickly adapt to the diversity of our individual clients and markets through an unparalleled industry expertise and our unwavering commitment to service. We are always on hand to provide astute insightful advice on all your property needs.
Helping families and seniors make a move from homes, condo and/or start an investment portfolio.
Buying and selling a home is one of the greatest decisions one can make in their lifetime. I work to help educate buyers on the process of buying a home and everything that happens from contract to close. When assisting sellers in the process of selling their home, I do so much more than stick a sign in the yard. From implementing an aggressive and current marketing strategy to maintaining regular contact with the client, I make sure the process is as stress free as possible. If you’re not quite ready to sell but want to start preparing your home for the market, I can help guide you on what investments you will see a return on and what updates might be better left for the next owner. I feel that I am the true definition of “when you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Organizing CU is really about reducing clutter and stress, saving time and money, and improving your quality of life by helping you get your house and life organized. Staying organized is ongoing, constant, and daily. I want to help you personalize a system that works for you that becomes a new lifestyle for your family.
MEDIA & NEWS
The top information resource for families in and around Champaign-Urbana.
"If Florence and the Machine made folk music, it might sound a little like Stone & Snow." --Katie Anastas, NPR Music. Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest NAMM 2019 edition for "Love is a Weapon". Stone & Snow is an alt-folk pairing of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Karen Bridges and Clint Thomson. In 2012, they began a collaboration filled with close harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. They gave it a name that gives nod to the mountain landscapes of the West-- Stone & Snow. Two successful crowdfunding campaigns resulted in the release of their first and second full-length studio albums, These Are The Hills (2014) and Devil That I Know (2016). They perform private concerts, events, and weddings in Central Illinois.
Boarding dogs in a home environment instead of a kennel environment. Also, going to homes to let dogs out when you are gone on a long day trip, or going to houses during vacations to care for cats.
Husband and Wife wedding photography team!
Hi! I'm Ashley, I specialize in Birth Photograhy serving Champaign, Decatur and surrounding areas. Birth is an amazing and emotional time for many. In the hustle of labor we often forget the little details and those special first moments. Don't let your birth experience be forgotten. Let me capture your precious memories and help you remember your little ones journey into this world!
Hi friends! I'm Karen, a wedding photographer based in East Central Illinois. I serve all of Illinois and travel coast to coast for engagement sessions and weddings, but my heart will always be here in the good old Midwest. I call myself a wandering homebody, an extroverted introvert and an all around joyful person. I'm a mom of five daughters, which I think makes me great at managing wedding days! Haha! When I'm not shooting weddings, you'll find me photographing seniors and a few families, or hanging out with my kiddos.
I am a newborn, child, family & senior photographer located just a short drive from Champaign. I have a studio for indoor sessions, and will travel for outdoor sessions.
la·cu·na/ləˈk(y)o͞onə/noun: an unfilled space or interval; a gap. The importance of storytelling initially was what brought Layla Alazawy, the gal behind the lens, to start her own photography company. Photography holds the power to complete the gaps to one's adventurous story without a single spoken word. By uniting her two passions, adventure and photography, Layla aims to serve as the eye to capture the love you may share with the people, moments, and things around you. Lacuna & Co specializes in small business photography, weddings, and portrait photography. Although based in the Midwest and Central Illinois, her soul belongs on the road and is always prepared to meet you where you are at.
Newborn, Children, Family and Senior Photography
Hello beautiful people! I am relatively new to the official business thing, but I have always loved taking photos. Currently located right outside of Arthur, I have my own indoor studio with 3 staging areas - I love to provide variety! I also do outdoor sessions as well as in-home Lifestyle sessions. I have a wide range of photo love: maternity, Fresh 48 and newborn, families, seniors, professional headshots, Love, and so much more! I’m willing to take on anything in order to help my creative mind grow! Adding to the list in 2019 will be videography, more professionally printed products (think unique metal and wood prints!), as well as design work.
Hey, hi, and hello! Stephanie Strick Photography is a boudoir, cosplay, portrait photographer that travels all around the Midwest! I frequent Chicago cons where I also schedule sessions at. I strive to make people laugh and feel confident and comfortable during our sessions and in the images we take! You can find me on facebook.com/stephaniestrickphotography and on Instagram @stephaniestrickphotography
We are 2 best friends, Heather & Kristin that have paired together for wedding and engagement photography, serving couples in Central Illinois and beyond!
Heather Wanninger, a life long C-U area resident and UI graduate, began Sweet Lemonade Photography in 2012 when her life got turned upside down. Life gave her lemons and she turned it into sweet lemonade. Sweet Lemonade Photography that is. Sweet Lemonade Photography strives to empower and encourage every client by showing beauty and joy in free-spirited fun images that inspire confidence and a strong sense of self-worth. Heather specializes in teen photography capturing memories that will last a lifetime through a process that’s equally as memorable. She recently designed a unique destination program for high school seniors with plans to expand internationally in the future. In addition, Sweet Lemonade Photography works with corporations to create branding images for marketing purposes, from social media to billboards, as well as standard headshots. Heather also photographs weddings, locally and internationally, branded under Sweet Darling Weddings.
Hello, lovelies! T-Stagg Photography is a lifestyle newborn, children and family photography business that also specializes in weddings, boudoir and headshots. During each session, I strive to give my families and couples the best and most comfortable session they've had. I want everyone leaving with a smile on their face and having felt like they'd made a new friend and are getting some wonderful photographs to commemorate this time in their lives. I believe in capturing the natural connections between people and your authentic self and do so using a warm and rich editing style. Each family, newborn, boudoir and couple's session is filled with cuddles and loads of laughter. I love capturing magical moments for people and giving them a product that they will love and appreciate and that the will be proud to pass down to generations to come.I hope to see you soon!
PROFESSIONAL DESIGN SERVICES & STATIONARY
Apricity Ink is a calligraphy and design studio that specializes in custom heirloom quality stationery, envelope calligraphy, signage, and paper goods for weddings and special events. I combine modern and classic styles and add in a bit of whimsy to create something that is unique, fresh and perfectly captures your personality. The result is so much more than just paper. I promise.
I got my start more than 15 years ago producing videos. Since moving to Champaign in 2009, I’ve produced videos for some of the most high-profile organizations in Champaign County and beyond, including Visit Chicago Southland, 40 North – Champaign County Arts Council, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, Visit Champaign County, United Way of Champaign County, Champaign Park District, City of Urbana, Illinois Marathon, Hyatt Place, The News-Gazette, and many, many more. I’m a storyteller at heart and I get that those stories need to be affordable. That’s why I can work with you and your budget to create engaging content for your website and social media that tells your story.
Visual branding through the art of graphic design. Jessie Scheunemann brings 15 years of professional experience to your dream design project. She believes logos are successful when they can shrink down, hold their meaning, and fit on a pen that you can hand out to your customers. She nerds out over typography and color. And loves a good photograph. And cheese.
Katie Goulet Design Co is a website design and digital marketing agency serving businesses that need an online presence and want to make a great first impression online. Started in 2011 and serving small businesses to medium size businesses with full-service web design and development and digital marketing consulting services.
Graphic design and web design for local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Landscape oil painter known for Plein Air oil painting impressionist artwork. Commissions welcome. Commisioned artwork is created onsite or in studio from photographs. Large inventory of original artwork available through her website or at Carolines studio/gallery - visit by appointment. Also available through The Gilbert Gallery, Prairie Fire Gallery, Textures Home Store and Catalyst Creative Studio and Gallery.
Mikayla is an independent artist from Blue Mound who paints bright, swirling abstract paintings and loves working on large canvases. Her mission is to bring joy to those who see her work and help viewers to see past their current heartache.
Weddings are a favorite of mine to capture. I understand the importance of capturing the precious moments that are often forgotten or overlooked, and how wonderful it is to revisit and relive that special day. As a solo videographer, it will be just me, in the background, capturing those intimate moments, allowing you to enjoy the day without even knowing I'm there! Candid moments are the best and that's what I capture - real and authentic emotion and love.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES & OTHER
Allaso Performance Solutions (APS) is a multi-faceted, management and consulting company focused on leading people, teams, and change. Our solutions approach is grounded in People & Talent , Strategic Planning, Operations, and Systems. We serve both individuals and organizations up to 500 members.
Have you found yourself saying... I forgot to pick up a gift for a party. I wish there was event I can attend regarding... Did I make dinner reservations? I would like my home decorated for the holidays. I think I need an event planner - DJ, photographer, video, catering. I need my car washed and tank filled with gas. I have a To-List a mile long and need help. I need a quick get-a-way for the weekend. My office needs decorating. I need a Personal Assistant! ParaElite Lifestyle Management is a personal concierge (assistant) service focused on assisting busy professionals find balance, calm, and spend more time doing the things that matter most - spending time with self, family, and others.