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Women Owned Businesses to Support and Shop in Champaign County

March 9, 2022

When you choose to shop local, you're putting your money into a local economy that builds our communities through economic development, entrepreneurial spirit, and strong, robust reasons to choose a neighborhood retailer over the big-box stores. Taking things one step further and shopping women-owned businesses even further supports the creative, innovative women in our community who run our favorite shops and stores.

Across the greater Champaign County area, you'll find women owned businesses that sell clothing, coffee, home decor, books, natural beauty products. You can sort by women-owned business in our Shopping Directory, or check out a few of our favorite options here!

outside of Ordinary Women Owned Businesses to check out in champaign county

When it's time to update the wardrobe with new attire, Champaign County is the place to shop. A lot of great businesses in our area stock up on options ranging from casual and athleisure wear to outfit options for fancier nights out and special occasions! A great place to stock up on everything you'll need is Bluebird Boutique in Urbana. With a keen sense for up to date fashion trends and clothes that feel as good as they look, this is a stellar stop in our area for all things to keep you stylish all year long. Fashionable styles for the finest in today's fashion trends are easy to shop as well thanks to Fira Boutqiue in Savoy, or the resident and visitor-favorite Circles Boutique in Downtown Champaign. 

While clothing helps ensure you look great, your home needs the perfect home decor to look its best too. When you're itching for new home fashions, you'll want to make sure to make a stop at Ms. Becky's Country Primitive Gifts & Decor in Homer. This shop has helped residents and visitors to Champaign County for years in their mission to find those perfect items to keep a cozy home feel welcoming with a variety of decor styles and items you won't find anywhere else. Their seasonal displays for every holiday throughout the year is also a treat! Find even more incredible pieces for the home at Winterberry Store & Antiques in Tuscola or head to the curated shelves and tables of Yellow & Company in Mahomet.

While we're talking about home items, we can't forget the comfort a fantastic scented candle can bring to the home. Your new favorite stop for shopping locally made candles is sure to be Champaign's Fire Doll Studio. Here you'll find artisan candles, candle accessories, bath & body products, stationary, and much much more. If you're thinking you need a new scent that fills the home with joy, then you'll be pleased to find a wide array awaiting you here at Fire Doll! For the ultimate self-care haul, make sure to stop at the nearby Walnut Street Tea Companywhich opened 41 years ago and just opened a second location as well.

Not too far from Fire Doll is another new shop that will come in handy - especially for book worms! When you're ready for a new read, whether it's the latest best-seller or a classic you haven't gotten around to yet, The Literary in Downtown Champaign is a great place to stop. Whether you're in the mood for fiction, non-fiction, or just about any genre, they have it here! Plus, they're attached to a full bakery and kitchen run by Hopscotch, so you can even get started on your read in-store while you enjoy a cocktail, quick bite to eat, and so much more.

Lastly, that book you pick up is going to go great with something from Geschenk Coffee, Café & Gifts in St. Joseph. With great baked goods to-go and even kits to bake from home, you'll be able to pair a good read with everything from artisan coffee, cute kitchen items, and gifts if you're buying for others while you're at it.

SHOP LOCAL AND PURPOSEFULLY

 Visit Champaign County is working to highlight women-owned and led businesses in collaboration with Miss Market, a new local business aimed at helping customers discover and shop women-owned, led, and founded businesses and brands both locally and on a national-scale. Be sure to check them out at The Miss Market on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website at themissmarket.com.

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