Celebrate Women's History Month by getting to know the 8th-Street Women-Owned Businesses! With a rich cultural history spanning fashion, food and the arts, 8th Street is one of the Village's and New York's most storied streets. Learn about how today's current female business owners are contributing to 8th Street's dynamic neighborhood.
Sadie Kurzban - While still in college, Sadie founded 305 Fitness. Meet the pint-sized 28-year old and you’ll know: she ain’t exactly a shrinking violet. From a home that was half-Jewish half-Cuban, she owes her loud mouth and sense of humor to her “Jewban” roots. Sadie is both grounded and upbeat. Sadie’s style of coaching is all about liberation; she will push you to your limit so you can unleash your inner beast within.
Sadie Lincoln - Sadie Lincoln is the co-founder and CEO of barre3, a fitness company focused on teaching people to be balanced in body and empowered from within. Starting in 2008 with the flagship studio in Portland, Oregon, barre3 has grown to include more than 140 franchise studios powered by female entrepreneurs, plus an online-workout streaming-subscriber base in 98+ countries. What started as a workout has blossomed into a full-blown movement made up of millions of people focused on body positivity, being empowered, and redefining what success in fitness means. Sadie is on Inc.'s Female Founders 100 list, has been featured on NPR's How I Built This, and speaks regularly on the topics of mindful leadership, the power of body wisdom, and the movement to redefine what success in fitness means. Beyond running her company and being a global spokesperson, Sadie still enjoys teaching barre3 classes to many of her founding clients in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Jennifer Appel - Jennifer began her professional career as a clinical psychologist, but the culinary arts were in her blood – she remembers her mother and grandmothers creating a variety of masterpieces in the family’s kitchen. Jennifer enjoyed cooking and baking to relax after a long day. Before long, her hobby became a passion. In July 1996, she threw herself into the bakery business full time, opening Magnolia Bakery in New York City’s Greenwich Village. In August 1999, Jennifer ventured out on her own to open Buttercup Bake Shop. Since its opening, the shop has experienced outstanding success with its old-fashioned American desserts and the inviting ambiance. Buttercup’s classic American desserts continue to be enjoyed by New Yorkers of all kinds, including Martha Stewart, Al Roker, and Senator Hillary Clinton, among others. Buttercup has appeared on The Today Show several times, and featured on MTV, Fox, CNN and more, as well as in the romantic novel A Match Made on Madison by Dee Davis.
Jenny Ammirati - Jenny is a professionally trained pastry chef who trained at the Institute of Culinary Education and has worked at the famed Bouchon Bakery in New York. Jenny’s passion for great tasting foods and culinary innovation has helped Culture create some of the most tantalizing toppings and flavors to accompany their assortment of yogurts! They pride themselves in having all-nautral/organic ingredients and the fact that everything is made on-site from scratch. Culture has received a lot of great press as one of the Best Frozen Treats in New York City in Timeout NY, Village Voice, and New York Magazine. Read more on Jenny Ammirati through Jennifer N. Baker’s interview HERE.
Katrina Mc Namee - Eliza’s Local opened December 2018. Katrina worked in the bar industry since moving here from Ireland 17 years ago. While she had many positive experiences, she had always wished many things were done differently, particularly in this male dominated industry, so she decided she would open her own and be her own boss. Eliza’s is their second location which she runs with her brother. They wanted to honor the history and residents of St Marks and when they discovered that Eliza Hamilton once lived right next door to the restaurant, it seemed like the perfect choice. Eliza was influential in many ways but particularly for her vital role in opening the first orphanage in the area. The fact that she was an influential “female” resident, made it even sweeter. They like to think she would have made them her “local” bar if she was still around. Eliza’s is dedicated to supplying locally made beer, spirits, wines and food. They are committed to supporting the local community and their small businesses.
Sarah McNally & Sandeep Salter - Sarah McNally, owner of the acclaimed McNally Jackson Books in SoHo, and Sandeep Salter, the former Architecture, Art, and Design Book buyer for the bookstore, joined hands in 2013 to create West 8th Street’s favorite stationary store, Goods For The Study. The best lesson that they have learned in opening a shop is to be flexible in their approach while staying true to their concept. Their advice for people interested in opening a business is to start small and pay attention to details. Surround yourself in their stationary galore and find chic, vintage supplies and modern furniture that are perfect to decorate your home office. Read more about their story HERE.
Kariné Kazarian - As a young girl in Yerevan, Armenia, Kariné was enamored by the beauty secrets that the women of her family would share during their afternoon gatherings at the local beauty parlor. When the opportunity arose for her to study at the renowned Institute de Beaute (Moscow Beauty Institute) in Riga, Latvia, she began her training under highly celebrated experts in European dermatology, often revered as the absolute best world-wide. It was here that Kariné mastered the scientific skill and gentle grace that only few can truly provide in luxury skincare. During the early stages of her career, Kariné searched for the best products available for her clients. In the late 80s, her research led to Biologique Recherche – a French company known for combining organic botanicals with marine bio-extracts. The secret to Kariné’s success stems from her early partnership and deep understanding of this collection. Kariné moved to New York in the early 90s and strategically positioned herself alongside top beauty consultants at uptown Manhattan’s most exclusive spas. Since then, she has developed a cult following of celebrities and skin enthusiasts alike. Kariné is thrilled to offer the uptown exclusivity of luxury skincare at her downtown location in Greenwich Village.
Tricia Caminos - Tricia Caminos, creator of Ono Bowls, has been enjoying smoothie bowls for many years. Juicing since she was 19, Tricia is married to a native Hawaiian, who introduced her to the juicing trends of Hawaii. Tricia said, “I was eating smoothie bowls for 10 years. They became popular in Hawaii and California, and are only just becoming a thing on the East Coast. ‘Ono’ means ‘delicious’ in Hawaiian!” Ono Bowls is located at 33 East 8th Street. The menu has raw juices and smoothies typical of a juice bar, but the ono bowls are truly what set it apart. Each ono bowl consists of a thick smoothie base (often made with acai or pitaya for added heath benefits), topped with granola, fresh fruit, honey, and other delightful toppings. Tricia uses organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Read more about Tricia Caminos and Ono Bowls HERE.
Camie Lai - Camie Lai never lost sight of her dream of opening her own restaurant. Lai, 47, spent nearly 24 years living in New York illegally after her father brought her and her brother from Malaysia when they were teenagers. Her terror of being caught kept her out of the city's schools and, for decades, prevented her from pursuing her longtime goal of owning her own business. That all changed when Lai finally got a green card in 2002, enabling her to get her GED and associate's degree and, late last year, allowing her to open Rasa, a new Malaysian restaurant on West Eighth Street, with her brother. She has decades of experience as a home-schooled chef and learning from their mother, picking-up recipes for famed Malaysian street food dishes as well as Malay, Indian and Peranakan cooking. Prior to opening Rasa, Camie had managed Malaysian restaurants in New York from the 1990s till present day. Together with her brother, Camie has created the menu for Rasa which features traditional fare such as Kampung Fried Rice, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Penang Assam Laksa. Camie also makes her very own Cincaluk, which is featured on the menu at the restaurant. Read more about here story HERE.
Vernelle Murphy - Salon V was founded by wife and husband Vernelle and Alan Murphy in 2004. They wanted a friendly “no attitude” retreat for New Yorkers and new comers alike to enjoy. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Vernelle has planted some roots in New York City since moving here in 1999. In the time Vernelle has been doing hair, she has had experience working in some of the most prestigious salons in Honolulu, Los Angeles and New York City. Her work experience includes hair for music videos, indie movies, photo shoots and New York Fashion Week, but her passion remains in the salon where she can work personally with her clients and continue to grow long-lasting relationships. She is meticulous, has a strong eye for detail and loves to make her clients happy.
Kelly Valleta and Isa Rodrigues - Kelly Valletta and Isa Rodrigues are some of the founding team-members and currently the Co-Executive Directors of the Textile Arts Center on West 8th Street. Kelly attended Pratt institute where she received her Masters in Art Education, and is now an experienced art educator. She believes that the arts can play a vital role in community engagement, and thoroughly enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of art with people of all ages. Isa is a textile artist and educator from the South of Portugal. After receiving her MA in Textile Conservation, Isa moved from Lisbon to New York to work and learn from the ethnographic textile collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Isa has been on staff at the TAX since 2009, and is the founder and Director of the Sewing Seeds project. She likes to experiment with weaving and natural dyes, and her best ideas normally appear to her in dreams.
Ana Ivkosic - At the beginning of 2017, Ana Ivkosic opened up her first Wattle Café in Murray Hill. Having worked in finance for 20 years, Ana reached a point when she became a mother, and started to think about the legacy she was creating. She also wanted to get back to her passion of wellness. In her case, Ana saw the need for healthier food options here in New York and more broadly. As healthy food and great coffee are synonymous in Australia, this combination made sense to her. Having an American daughter, Ana wanted for her to have access to the simple but wholesome food that she grew up with in Australia. Read more about Ana Ivkosic’s interview with Australian Women in New York HERE.