In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8th), we wanted to take the time to highlight some amazing women ‘bosses’ in our lovely Spokane community. Spokane is full of incredible women that work their tails off day and night. How awesome is it that we get to recognize and celebrate all their hard work together?! Here you’ll find (just some) of the great women-owned businesses in town to support on International Women’s Day and beyond!

D’bali // 12924 W Sunset Highway // 509.230.8629 // Mama Jeannie

Mama Jeannie started D’bali Asian Bistro with the goal of sharing her passion for Southeast Asia, travel, and culture with the local Spokane community. We think that she has done a stellar job doing just that. So, next time you’re craving Asian fusion, D’bali is the place to go!

First Ave Coffee // 1011 W 1st Ave // 509.863.9442 // Deborah

Deborah started her coffee journey back in 2010 when she founded, Roast House Coffee. Here she began a roastery committed to sourcing earth-friendly coffee while supporting a sustainable coffee supply chain. In 2018, she opened First Ave Coffee…and we’re so glad that she did! Stop by for your drink of choice and don’t forget to pick up one of their fantastic gluten free pastries!

Chaps // 4237 Cheney Spokane Rd // 509.624.4182// Celeste

Celeste believes that comfort food has the power to commence imagination and to transcend through time. Lucky for all of us, she has proven that time and time again at Chaps! We’re currently obsessing over her oatmeal for brunch, but anything you decide to try won’t disappoint.

Arbor Crest Winery // 4705 N Fruit Hill Rd. // 509.927.9463 // Kristina

Kristina is committed to producing exceptional wines using Washington’s best fruits. Making wine is the passion and purpose at Arbor Crest but getting to share their jaw-dropping location, with a view of the city, makes visiting a must. Take any excuse you can to get out to see this gorgeous property overlooking the Spokane River. And while you’re at it, enjoy some lovely libations.

Maple Street Bistro // 5520 N Maple St // 509.328.0473 // Betty & Emily

Betty and Emily purchased Maple Street Bistro back in 2019 and since then have been feeding our caffeine and foodie addiction. We love their sandwiches!! These ladies are passionate about high quality coffee, pastries, and sandwiches, while maintaining quality and serving everyone with a smile!

Amy’s Donuts // 11519 E Sprague Ave // 509.862.4391 // Amy

Amy launched Amy’s Donuts in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2013. As one of our favorite donut shops in town, we are beyond thrilled that Amy brought her donut business all the way out to Spokane! Grab a dozen fun flavored and crazy topped donuts the next time your sweet tooth calls.

Birdie’s Pie Shop // 1003 N Spokane St. // 208.457.7004 // Sharee

Sharee has pie making running through her veins! Grandma Birdie used her specialty, making pies, to win countless pie contests. Sharee has continued the share the love of Grandma Birdies flaky crust through Bridie’s Pie Shop that opened in 2019. We can’t drive by without stopping to pick one (or four) up.

Hello Sugar // 419 N Nettleton St // 509.868.0475 // Amy

Amy is the queen of made to order, fresh hot, and covered in glitter mini (and totally instagramable) donuts! She is a huge “yes” person which lead to Hello Sugar blessing the Spokane neighborhoods. They are truly bringing people together one sugar rush at a time and we couldn’t be more on board!

The Scoop // 1001 W 25th Ave // 509.535.7171 // Jen

Jen runs the quaint neighborhood ice cream shop that just expanded to a Kendall Yard’s location. The Scoop has their doors open and the smell of waffle cones wafting through the streets…irresistible if you ask me. They serve small batch, scratch made flavors that keep us drooling winter and summer the same!

Queen of Sheba // 621 W Mallon Ave // 509.328.3958 // Almez

Almez does the most by treating Queen of Sheba as an extension of her home. She has traveled all over the world but realized her dream was to open an Ethiopian restaurant in Spokane. If you have never tried authentic Ethiopian food, you’re in for quite the treat. This cuisine is made to be eaten with your hands, no complaints from this Mama!

Peoples Waffles // 509.251.7061// Alyssa

Alyssa uses the recipe handed down from her Great Grandmother, GeGe, to craft her incredible savory and sweet waffles. You can find these wonderful waffles served out of their food truck now but keep an eye out for their permeant location launching soon! Pro tip: Don’t try and pick just one, order a savory and a sweet waffle when you stop by and you can share if you want.

Cole’s Bakery and Café // 521 E Holland Ave// 509.413.1739 // Jeanine

Jeanine founded Cole’s in 2013 with the mission to provide a 100% safe place for people with allergies to enjoy a meal. In 2016 this mission turned into a fully operating restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner all seven days of the week! Cole’s Bakery and Café continues to proudly serve gluten and peanut free food as the first and only full-service gluten free restaurant in Spokane.

Bistango Martini Lounge // 108 N Post St // 509.624.84.64 // Reema

Reema established Bistango, Spokane’s first martini lounge in 2005. Her mission is to provide fair pours, premium liquor, and food crafted from fresh quality ingredients. Located downtown, Bistango is a must add to your list! Don’t miss their happy hour specials!

Mi Flavor // 3403 E Sprague Ave // 509.315.4516 // Ella

Ella is an amazing pastry chef who offers a true Parisian patisserie. She’s spent time wandering the streets of the City of Lights indulging in every patisserie she could. miFlavor is the place to go when looking for a piece of Paris in the states. The macarons are huge, croissant sandwiches are perfection, and don’t even get me started on their gelato.

Sweet Frostings // 10406 N Division St 102 // 509.368.9811 //

Coffee, cake, cookies, and (most importantly) cupcakes! You can pick them up in store or get them safely delivered anywhere in town.

Owned by the dynamic mother-daughter duo, Sally and Jessica Winfred, Sweet Frostings continue to win over the hearts and taste buds of all who try them. With four locations in town, (Downtown, Northtown Mall, Valley Mall, and Whitworth) these treats are never too far away!

Fery’s Catering // 421 S Cowley St, Spokane, WA // 509.458.5234 //

Over thirty years ago, Fery Haghighi left her home in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to Spokane with her family. In 1980, she opened her first business in town which eventually led her to opening Fery’s Catering, and well… the rest is history!

Not only is she an amazing cook, Fery truly loves what she does. Fery’s Catering is only open Mon-Sat, but you can routinely find Fery at her business on Sunday either reading a cookbook, trying a new recipe or simply having a cup of coffee. This love extends to her customers as well. Fery appreciates and cares for her customers, something that I experienced personally. As soon as I walked in the door, I was greeted with open arms and instantly felt like a part of the family. Fery’s food may get you in the door, but her kind spirit will keep you coming back.

Garland Sandwich Shoppe 3903 N Madison St // 509.326.2405 // Kristen

Whether it’s The Big Dill. The Classic Reuben, The Garland Dagwood, or a ‘build your own’, The Garland Sandwich Shoppe is serving up fresh-as-can-be sandwiches made with only the finest Boar’s Head meat and cheese.

They are currently open from 10AM – 4PM Monday – Friday so swing by and say hi to Kristen!

That wraps up our break down of a handful of Spokane’s finest women-run businesses! This Internationals Women’s Day, and beyond, we hope you find yourself supporting these amazing women or many of the others in town. And one final note to the ladies… GIRLS RULE!

We also wanted to take a moment to remember an incredible woman that we lost way too early in December from this awful virus. Emily Bozzi who was the founder and publisher of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine and such a powerhouse female in our city. You are missed, Emily!