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From delicious food to fitness hot spots and beautiful boutique shops, Arlington is proud to be the home of countless businesses founded and owned by women entrepreneurs. Use our guide to explore these women-owned businesses by neighborhood.
Ice Cream Jubilee
Topping lists for the best ice cream shops in America, Ice Cream Jubilee specializes in hand-made ice cream conceived by lawyer-turned-ice-cream-maker Victoria Lai. Ice Cream Jubilee uses all-natural, local ingredients to create unique flavor concoctions inspired by Lai’s Chinese roots, her travels, cocktails, and more. Try whimsical ice creams like Whiskey Toasted Marshmallow, Gin & Tonic Sorbet, and Cookies & Cookie Dough when you stop into their shop in Quarter Market.
The Brew Shop
Owners, Julie and Beth, are craft beer lovers, wine guzzlers, homebrewers, and the very best of friends. They created The Brew Shop, a local specialty beer store, serving the greater DC area with an eye towards all things brew. They emphasize local products, ranging from beer and wine to homebrew supplies and locally roasted prepackaged coffee.
“Our story begins in the litigation accounting world (think lawyers, giant documents, and papercuts) where we spent days and nights together, wearing business casual clothing and pouring over spreadsheets while eating takeout food. A couple of Midwest transplants, we were natural enemies (Julie being from Michigan, Beth being from Ohio) – until we bonded over homebrewing in our backyards. Homebrewing led to brewery tours, led to regularly scheduled wine nights, led to weekly searches for a new beer, led to drinking bubbly while dreaming of a truly unique brew space in Arlington. After a decade in accounting, we got the wild idea that we should jump head-first into the local beer community by opening our own shop.” – Julie & Beth (Owners)
Screwtop Wine Bar
This cozy wine bar offers a variety of wine, artisan cheese, meats, and gourmet goodies. For those that are new to wine, they also offer a monthly wine club and wine tasting classes.
Rincome Thai Cuisine
Local Thai eatery, Rincome Thai Cuisine serves fresh and flavorful curries, noodle dishes, and more. Customers rave about the Yellow Curry, Panang Curry, and the generously sized Chicken Satay.
Arlington Kabob specializes in delicious naan and succulent kabobs. The freshly made naan is baked in their clay tandoor oven. Visitors can also enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and baklava to-go.
Gaijin Ramen Shop
Visit Gaijin Ramen Shop to build your own ramen bowl with fresh ingredients. Unlike most ramen shops, you can choose your base broth and toppings. Unique options include beef bulgogi, pulled pork, fried chicken, and fried ramen.
La Moo Creamery
Locally owned La Moo Creamery serves award-winning rolled Thai ice cream. Hidden in a small shopping center on Lee Highway, they specialize in made-to-order ice cream with fresh ingredients that customers can mix in. Also, on the menu, crunchy Japanese Sweet Crepes and smooth Bubble Tea.
Good Sweat Spin
Located in the Rosslyn neighborhood, Good Sweat Spin is a cycling studio dedicated to giving exercise enthusiasts the best sweat of their life. This is the perfect workout spot for the socially conscious and community drive rider. Every time a purchase is made, they donate a portion of all sales to local charities chosen by their clients. They are currently offering outdoor rides (headphones required) due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I founded Good Sweat because I wanted to create a place where you could get the best workout while knowing what you spent was going back into the community. Our mission is to provide the most fun and challenging classes out there that focus on mental and physical health. Interwoven in that is our mission to make a social impact by consistently supporting local nonprofits. In just two years of being open, we have been able to make a difference and create a strong Good Sweat community that goes beyond the bike.” - Ali Hashemi (Founder)
Yene Damtew, the owner of Aesthetic’s Salon, recently went viral after styling Michelle Obama’s hair for the inauguration. The boutique-style salon features upscale décor, complimentary refreshments, and wifi and soothing music. You can’t go wrong with any of the charismatic, versatile, and skilled stylists.
Dogma Dog Bakery
Located in the quaint Village at Shirlington, Dogma Dog Bakery has been committed to healthy pet food and treats since 2000. All of Dogma’s treats are baked with human-grade ingredients to ensure your dog (or cat) gets a fresh and healthy treat. They also provide a unique selection of pet products for the pet-lover in your life.
Village Sweet Bakery
For beautiful treats made with high-quality ingredients, look no further than Village Sweet Bakery. They feature a wide selection of items including scones, cookies, bread, and counterculture coffee. Add the perfect touch to any special occasion by collaborating with Village Sweet on a custom order. They work closely with each client to create unique designs and are extremely accommodating of dietary restrictions.
“I was inspired to start Village Sweet to serve those that waned foods like our moms and grandmas used to make - baked from scratch with quality, seasonal ingredients.” – Dawn Hart (Owner)
eat.YOGA.drink offers traditional yoga and mindful experiences in nontraditional spaces. Take one of their workshops or small group/private lessons to improve mental and physical presence, balance, strength, and flexibility. You can find eat.Yoga.drink online (while covid-19 restrictions remain) and offering live, outdoor classes in nontraditional spaces, like rooftops, breweries, wineries, etc.
“I founded eat.YOGA.drink. in 2016 as a way to make yoga and mindfulness experiences accessible, affordable, and FUN! We take life seriously enough—these practices are so nourishing and self-healing, but also excite curiosity and joy so your mind, body, and heart are all happy! Namaste & Cheers!” – Erin Sonn (Owner)
Loving Heart Holistic Wellness
Loving Heart Holistic Wellness provides yoga, reiki, eft tapping, meditation, mindfulness, sound healing and many more holistic wellness services. Owner, Kara, offers all services in a sustainable, trauma-informed and compassionate way. Don’t miss out on the celebration of her fifth anniversary in May 2020.
“My intention is to provide mindful, compassionate, holistic services to promote healing and wellness, within a community experience.” – Kara (Owner)