Women-Led Eateries and Businesses to Check Out in Downtown
We’re celebrating Women’s History Month by honoring all of the amazing women in our downtown community. Below are a few spotlights of women owned businesses in downtown you can especially help support this month.
Open Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 3pm
Located 1341 Main Street, rear
Nosh is an eclectic from-scratch restaurant. Locally sourced ingredients including fresh seasonal produce, coffee, & New England breweries. Menu includes a variety of vegan & vegetarian options. Indoor and outdoor dining, as well as, takeout and delivery. NOSH started small from being a weekly vendor at the Shops at Marketplace weekly Farmers’ Market to a literal “closet” inside to their now cafe. Terri and her team are an amazing asset to the downtown. We’re excited to see those colorful tables on Market Street this summer and for her fun weekly events.
Monday – Friday 7AM – 5PM
Saturday 8AM – 2PM
One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA, in the MassLive Building
Photo courtesy of Palazzo Cafe
Palazzo’s is one of the warmest and friendliest restaurants in the area. The food and coffee is top notch, but the service is what they’re known for. Luisa and her team have been great partners to the Springfield BID, offering food at a lot of our events such as Cruise Night, Beer Gardens, Jam Fest, etc. They do AMAZING catering if you’re ever looking for someone.
Granny’s Baking Table
Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 2pm, Saturday 8am – noon
309 Bridge Street, Springfield MA
photo courtesy of Massive/Douglas Hook
Sonia Yelder, is the co-owner and chef/baker of Granny’s Baking Table. She is a Le Cordon Bleu in Europe & Umass Amherst graduate and is known for her pies, biscuits, scones, desserts and creative sandwiches. This is Sonya’s second establishment in Springfield. She also owns and operates Souper Sweet Sandwich Shop.
Granny’s Baking Table is on a mission to get back to the basics; of welcoming folks to our table, of lively conversation and fabulous food. Come on into Granny’s, the spirit is alive and well.
HOT OVEN COOKIES
Monday – Friday
12:30pm – 6pm
1365 Main Street in Downtown
The Passion For Cookies, Sheila Coon is the founder and chief baker at Hot Oven Cookies.
Simply put, she saw a need for love and better cookies, so she combined the two and made it her mission to “Share the Cookie Love” curbside to curbside in their retro modern Cookie Cart and now their quaint Cookie Shop.
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 2pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm
Sunday: 11am – 2pm
1611 Main Street, Springfield MA
Photo courtesy of Rockstar Nutrition
Rockstar Nutrition is a protein shake and energy drink bar.
220 Worthington Street
Take-Out only for now
Monday – Saturday: 2pm – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Click here for menu
Photo courtesy of 1636 North
Julie and her partner run 1636 North. Their menu is filled with decadent items that you literally can’t get anywhere else. We’re so excited for when they plan to open the restaurant for dine in.
1636 North is a new restaurant in Downtown Springfield located at 220 Worthington Street. For the time being, they’re only offering take-out and delivery from Uber Eats and GrubHub while the restaurant undergoes remodeling and logistics to ensure the safety of guests and staff. Stay tuned for their dine-in opening coming in November! 1636 North will provide a modern environment with an open kitchen design.
1636 North reflects Springfield’s history. When you walk in you’ll notice images on their walls of Springfield dating back to 1902. They plan on incorporating different elements of Springfield’s history within the theme as well. The name 1636 North comes from the year in which Springfield was founded in, and North is the direction which one faces while standing in front of the establishment.
Art for the Soul Gallery
Tuesday – Friday : 11am – 5pm
Saturday by appointment only
Located on Second Floor of TowerSquare
Photo courtesy of Rosemary Woods
Art for the Soul Gallery was created to provide a venue where the work of artists representing all cultures can exhibit and sell their work. We are committed to promoting the work of emerging local artists; educating the community through high-quality classes and workshops for adults and children; and inspiring appreciation and advancing understanding of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of these talented artists.
Ms. Woods believes art has real power. One of her signature achievements was an exhibition by Dr. Imo Nse Imeh (November 6, 2015–January 16, 2016), entitled Ten Little Nigger Girls: A Works-in-Progress, Open Studio Exhibition and the ensuing community conversations about race. Record-breaking attendance and the collaboration of area college and university art departments as well as the Healing Racism Institute of the Pioneer Valley underscored her belief and proved the truth of her vision.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Sunday 9am – 3pm
Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 4pm
TowerSquare, 1500 Main Street, Suite 111
Photo courtesy of Skin Catering
SkinCatering is led by Leanne Sedlack and Kim Brunton-Auger. This dynamic duo has years of experience in the salon and aesthetics industry and bring their talents to their clients here in downtown.
Rockstars, Hotel Guests, Professional Athletes, Busy Employees, Members, VIPs, Business Owners, and High-Powered Executives reduce their stress at SkinCatering! We provide clients with high quality massage, skincare, and spa services without the use of harmful chemicals to maintain a balance of healthy living. In late 2020, we added salon and nail services when we opened our expanded suite on December 3rd. Our team is dedicated to their profession and continually seeking education to support the evolving needs of our clients.
Surdoue Couture in Tower Square
Photo courtesy of Surdoue Couture
A modern fashion for today’s modern woman, Lisa is the woman behind the boutique. They’re celebrating their 10 year anniversary! The boutique is conveniently located in TowerSquare on the second floor. Click here for website
The boutique is open 11-6pm Monday – Friday, and Saturdays by appointment, closed Sunday. Lisa also does custom apparel and styling, image consulting. Stay tuned for events!
ATTRACTIONS / CULTURAL SPACES
Tuesday–Saturday: 10 am–5 pm
Sunday: 11 am–5 pm
21 Edwards Street, Springfield MA
Photo courtesy of the Springfield Museums
Since 2016, Kay Simpson has been running the Springfield Museums.
In addition to offering unforgettable experiences in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum and in our permanent collections in the art, history and science museums, the Museums have a varied array of special exhibitions on view. The Hall of Heroes exhibition celebrates America’s favorite superheroes through larger than life figures of Black Panther, the Hulk, Wonder Woman, and the Batmobile. In this interactive exhibit you can engage with displays while maintaining a safe distance from other visitors. Art lovers will enjoy the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery The Outwin: American Portraiture Today exhibition in the D’Amour of Fine Arts. For the first time, this triennial contest asked emerging artists from throughout the United States to respond to the current political and social context. The resulting presentation offers perspectives on some of today’s most pressing issues.
The Ethnic Study CoWork Cafe & Bookstore
Monday, Wednesday, + Friday: 9am – 5pm
Photo courtesy of the Ethnic Study
Simbrit Paskins and Stephany Marryshow are the ladies behind the new hotspot on Worthington Street. Simbrit was born and raised in Springfield, MA, Simbrit Paskins has been a community leader and advocate for change within the 413 area for almost 10 years. From her involvement in community gardening and urban farming to her youth development work, Simbrit has been an ever-present voice speaking truth to power around systemic racism and injustice. Stephany was also born and raised in Springfield, MA and has lived in Easthampton for the last 15 years. She is a local musician (singer, guitarist, and songwriter), a community organizer, and an activist. Stephany is also the co-founder of the 413 Stay Woke, Stay Active FB group with over 8,000 members, actively working together to end racism and save black lives.
The Ethnic Study space will fundamentally function as a Co-Working Space, where entrepreneurs and creatives can share in intellect and culture. To serve our community’s most marginalized members, it will be open and accessible for workshops, community events, and programming that is centered on Anti-Racism, Enrichment, and Empowerment. We believe that together with our community partners, our existence as a co-working space will heighten the economic and social fabric of our neighborhood.
Photo courtesy of The Hub
168 Worthington Street, Springfield MA
Photo courtesy of Make-it Springfield
Make-It Springfield, the downtown Springfield community makerspace, announced that it has hired Roberta Wilmore as its first Executive Director. Wilmore joins an already growing staff and will lead the organization into its next phase of growth, including a transition to a larger space.
“Roberta joins us with decades of experience in nonprofits, commercial real estate, creative entrepreneurship, and the equity and inclusion work that is so fundamental to our mission. Make-It will certainly benefit from Roberta’s veteran leadership, but Springfield at-large will benefit as well,” said Laura Masulis, co-founder of the makerspace.
Specifically, Wilmore’s consulting and training practice specializes in conflict management, board development, employee management, transition planning, and social justice. She has served as a trusted advisor, executive coach, and Board member for dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the region, ranging from creative arts organizations, to academic institutions and philanthropic organizations. Additionally, in 2001, Wilmore founded the Children’s Equestrian Center, connecting under-served families and children of color to the world of equestrian sports.
**This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are so many amazing organizations, offices, businesses and more that are led by woman here in our community. If you see a woman led restaurant, business, or attraction that is not on here, please email email@example.com.