7 Local, Mom-Owned Businesses to Know

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The holiday season has arrived! As a small business owner and mom, I am always searching for local fellow makers and creators.  We share seven local, mom-owned businesses to shop from to cross off everyone on your list. These makers and moms are bosses in business that create with passion and perseverance. From handcrafted children’s gifts to seasonal adult treats–local businesses are at the top of our wish list!

1. Mother Procraftinator

Mother Procraftinator, a Baltimore-based home décor shop, is adding sass to the holiday season. Owner Jess launched her business after giving birth to her son in 2018. Many of her products – from the Charm City journal to the state silhouette wood ornament – highlight Maryland pride. Her bathroom signs, wood cover journals, and other handmade items are perfect to give this holiday season!

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2. Bug and Bloom

Bug and Bloom (formerly Centaur Rising) offers children’s clothing, accessories, and other creations that embrace individuality in childhood. As a mother of two, owner Vanessa has been inspired by her children to create products that they love. Her little ones often grab her creations before they are done. From dolls and blankets to ornaments and beanies, your children will love the colorful selection at Bug and Bloom.

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3. Auggie Froggy

From stay-at-home mom to maker, Kathleen spends her days designing, cutting fabric, sewing, and painting wands in her DC-based home studio. After a few years of receiving compliments on things she’d made for her son, Kathleen launched Auggie Froggy.  She enjoys sharing her creations with other children and families. Auggie Froggy inspires imagination and creative play with whimsical wands, soft-soled shoes, and colorful crowns.

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4. Katie Jane Co.

Katie Jane Co. is a clothing line of workwear for pumping moms. When Molly, a mother of two, returned to work, she discovered the lack of professional dress options for breastfeeding mothers. With the support of her husband and a community of local business owners, Molly collaborates with mothers in the DMV during a significant transition in motherhood. If you know a pregnant or new mom, check out Katie Jane Co.’s collection of conscious and convenient dresses for holiday gifting!

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5. Infuzionz Desserts

Treat yourself this holiday season! Infuzionz Desserts creates dynamic and delectable treats including sweet potato cheesecakes and fall-themed cupcakes. Business owner, baker, and mother of two, Shihnara, has been bringing joy to the DMV through her memorable edible art for seven years. Peach cobbler or drunken apple cupcakes are perfect for mid-shopping goodies and new Friendsgiving favorites.

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6. ROSIE Candles

ROSIE Candles bring a sense of relaxation and comfort to make it through the holidays. Owner JaLaura encourages self-care and maintaining balance in a busy lifestyle. Two years ago, she launched a collection of soy handcrafted candles to help customers release stress, anxiety, and negativity. In addition to candles, ROSIE offers room sprays and hand soaps. Add “Cozy Cuddles” – one of her most popular holiday scents – to your wish list!

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7. Play Follies

Want your kids to get creative? Get Play Follies building sets! Play Follies is a local, DC-based business founded by Chloe, an architect turned toy creator (who is also a mom!). Play Follies for kids and babies has innumerous creation possibilities. We especially love that they are not only fun to play with, but aesthetically pleasing.

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Terrena Smith is a Maryland-based mother of two with a passion for entrepreneurship and maternal child health. Through motherhood, Terrena discovered the incredible world of lactation and has been breastfeeding for over three years. As a lactation consultant, she hosts feeding lounges, facilitates daycare training programs and works with mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals. In 2020, she launched Knotty Boutique, an online shop for handmade children’s bows, headwraps, turbans, bonnets, clips and matching sets. Terrena’s products – all handmade by her and packaged by her eager toddlers – have been featured at two local stores, as well as pop up shops across DC, Maryland and Virginia. In addition, she has over ten years of experience in commercial and luxury residential construction. When she’s not working with parents or sewing, Terrena enjoys crafting, baking, shopping and exploring with her kids.

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  1. Diament Jewelry in the wharf is an awesome mom-owned boutique who also buys products from lots of other women-owned small businesses. They will help you create thoughtful gift packages.

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