This is not the full and complete list – how could it be? This list will go on and on like Celine’s heart in Titanic and The Song That Never Ends. For now, though, take a little time to stop and enjoy the women-owned, lesbian businesses making a difference in your community, Seattle. And if you see one not listed here, don’t be bashful – let us know!
Best friends Rachel Venning and Claire Cavanah founded Babeland in Seattle (1993) because they couldn’t find a sex shop geared to women. When the store appealed to people of all orientations, they expanded to New York and Los Angeles as well.
“We are lesbians, and that has put a distinctly queer stamp on the business,” the owners said in 2010. “We know how important a great dildo can be, how hot the right harness can make you feel, how hard it can be to open up to a salesperson who may not know anything about lesbian sexuality.”
Visit Babeland at 707 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 or call (206) 328-2914. Visit them online at www.babeland.com.
Century Ballroom & The Tin Table
Support two lesbian-owned businesses at once when you dine at The Tin Table and dance the night away at Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill. Owner of both establishments, Hallie Kuperman, has an eye for classic dance and a taste for excellent food and wine. Not only does she own the Century Ballroom, she has also been the lead instructor since its inception in 1997.
Want to learn how to Lindy Hop, Swing, Salsa, Waltz, West Coast Swing, or Country Western Two-Step? Century Ballroom has classes for all levels and interests.
As for the Tin Table, the exposed brick and modern vibe induces a calming sensation for its patrons. Reservations are required and the price is mid-range and worth every penny. Delight in a new vino or savor the made-from-scratch entrée fresh from the oven. Whatever you do, save some room for dancing!
Who doesn’t want to eat a cupcake and support lesbian-owned business? In 2012, Cupcake Royale owner Jody Hall created a formal Political Action Committee (PAC) to distribute $7,000 to the fight for marriage equality in Washington state via a rainbow cupcake!
Owner of six stores in the area, Hall has been asking her customers to “Legalize Frostitution” for years, and they are listening!
Get your frosting on at Cupcake Royale in Ballard, Madrona, West Seattle, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, or the company’s pre-order only Bellevue store. Hours and locations are located on the website: cupcakeroyale.com.
Contractor Nicole Dumas, owner of Dumas Build, was lead carpenter for Seattle Homes & Lifestyles’ “Kitchen of the Year.” Rated favorably on Angie’s List, Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and by various customers on their official website (dumasbuildllc.com), Dumas Build offers high quality renovations for your outdated kitchens, baths, basements, decks, and more. Visit their website to show your love to the lady with the magic hammer.
DJ Wildfire and her wife Armida run the Inferno (formerly Hot Flash) all-women’s dances that take place throughout the month in either Seattle or Portland. With the tagline “Open Minds = Happy Times,” this power couple is in it to win it.
Uniting the community at Neighbours Nightclub in Seattle (1509 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122) on the first and third Saturdays of the month is only the beginning for the Inferno Gals; Wildfire and Army also own Portland’s Escape Bar & Grill in their “spare” time.
Jenny GG Photography
Jenny Goldberg-George runs the elegantly stylish Jenny GG Photography. With photographs to commemorate your wedding day, engagement, newborn arrival – you name it, if it’s something you never want to forget, call Jenny GG. She even does Boudoir photos for the perfect intimate occasion.
Trusted by our readers and Seattle community for years, Jenny GG Photography is the cat’s meow. Visit jennygg.com to check on rates and schedule your session.
Kamala and Roz say they believe in “delivering daily Aloha to Seattle!” and their thousands of customers seem to agree.
Marination is a staple in Seattle’s foodie industry. Dubbed “America’s Sauciest Food Truck,” Marination extends well beyond the mobile feel to also include brick and mortar locations in some of the city’s best avenues. Marination Ma Kai on Alki (1660 Harbor Avenue SW) offers a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline and the freshest fish tacos in the area. Marination Station on near Broadway (1412 Harbor Avenue) is the quick pick-me-up you need to succeed through the rest of the day. And then there’s Marination Mobile, more commonly known as BIG BLUE. You can find BIG BLUE all over town so check the schedule on their website to track her down: marinationmobile.com/locations.
SugarPill is Capitol Hill’s neighborhood herbal apothecary, featuring medicinal and culinary herbs, cocktail bitters and bartending essentials, gourmet salts, pantry staples and hard to find chocolates, as well as a divine selection of natural products for your body and home. Experienced herbalists are on staff and consultations are always free of charge.
Community Herbalist & Homeopathic Consultant Karyn Schwartz is the Capitol Hill apothecary’s heart and soul. Her business is run by more than dollars and cents – there’s a whole lotta love involved, too. Visit the website (sugarpillseattle.com) to learn more, and stop by to support nature’s best friend – Karyn.
Taste Seattle Food Tours
Taste Seattle Food Tours is owned by two lesbian women, Felicia Watson and Roen Ako, both of whom are West Seattle residents and are excited to share the unique culture of Seattle’s largest neighborhood. Roen serves on the board of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied business and professional chamber of commerce. They were recently married this past January and were one of the first couples married in Hawaii after the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act made same-sex marriage legal in Roen’s home state. Together they share a passion for great food and guiding both locals and visitors off the “eaten path.”
Seattle has a wealth of amazing food, and Taste Seattle aims to allow their guests to sample tasting portions, which allows eating at multiple locations to give a broad sampling of the best the neighborhood has to offer. They partner with local, artisanal businesses that offer superior and unique products that showcase Seattle’s rich food scene. Eating and biking your way through a neighborhood is a fun and flavorful interactive activity.
Cruising along the Alki bike trail affords amazing views of Puget Sound, Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains, Bainbridge Island and the city of Seattle. One of the bonuses of this food and biking tour is eating all those delicious bites is guilt-free because you are riding approximately three miles each way, working off the calories as you go.
Taste Seattle Food Tours offers a Pioneer Square excursion as well. Visit the website for hours, locations and booking details (www.taste206.com).
The Seattle Lesbian
The Seattle Lesbian, now on its fourth year, is Seattle’s trusted LGBT news source operating out of West Seattle. Owned by brave two women, Sarah Toce and Stephanie Brusig, who are just about as famous as their brand, these gals have made big business from scratch look easy. The Seattle Lesbian has quickly hit the national media market as a trusted go-to source for news relevant to the entire community spectrum – no matter where you live.
A daily online publication with substantial content delivering piping hot content globally, The Seattle Lesbian exists by the kindness and generosity of its advertisers. To place an ad and support female-run journalism, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and terms.
Creating clothing for active, independent women is one thing – turning the world of fashion on its ear is quite another, and TomboyX is doing just that!
Naomi Gonzalez and Fran Dunaway have teamed up to create the perfect fusion of women’s wear and tomboy style. With an impressive line that features jeans, casual wear, jewelry, and even underwear, TomboyX has the style the celesbians can’t wait to put in their closet. Notable ambassadors for the brand include actress Traci Dinwiddie, singer Catie Curtis, and rocker Hannah Thomas.
The TomboyX SODO Showroom is available by appointment only. Contact Fran and Naomi to get on the “It” list: tomboyx.com.
Local, independent animal clinic Urban Animal (909 E. Thomas Street, Capitol Hill) is a go-to spot when you need to take care of your loved one in his/her time of need. Veterinarian Cherri Trusheim envisioned Urban Animal as a safehaven for pets during their recovery. The principles of affordable care provided by individuals who are highly trained and experienced have helped set Urban Animal apart from other veterinary clinics.
Now celebrating their 30th year in business, the Wildrose bar is the only women-exclusive bar in Seattle. In other words: if you’re looking for a lesbian bar, you’ve found it. Small, minimalistic, understated are all words one might use to describe the décor and atmosphere, but if you want to support lesbian-owned business, support this one.
The Wildrose sponsors a softball team and they also pull out all the stops for their beer garden every Pride (last weekend in June).
Drinks are plentiful, but food is not so eat before you head in.
The Wildrose is located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood at 1021 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122. Visit their website (thewildrosebar.com) or call for more information (206) 324-9210.