Our Stories

We believe in the power of women.


EDENS knows first-hand the benefits to an entire organization and industry when women have a voice in leadership and policy. We are committed to supporting and celebrating our community of inspiring women entrepreneurs and retail partners. Explore our places below and join us by supporting these incredible businesses in your communities.


Union Market District

Washington, D.C., is one of the top cities in the U.S. for female entrepreneurs. Forty percent of businesses at Union Market District are owned by women, including Three Littles, Bitter Grace, Salt & Sundry, Shelter and Jungle & Loom, as well as entrepreneurs in the Market including Buffalo & Bergen, District Fishwife  and Puddin’, among others. The majority of businesses at La Cosecha are women-owned, including NOVA BOSSA, ArtTepuy, Serenata, Arcay Chocolates, Mosaico and La Casita Pupuseria.



Emilie Hoyt opened her first LATHER store in 1999 with a mission to make natural and safe products for people to feel the very best they can in their own skin. Today, LATHER offers a complete collection of hair, face, body and wellness products online and in stores nationwide.

Sisters Thai

When Bangkok native Sumontita “Tammie” Disayawathana opened her first restaurant in 2013, she achieved her dream of doing what she loves most: delicious food in a cozy, home-like environment. She and her husband now own several restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Sisters Thai locations in Mosaic and Cabin John Village.

Vivid Chill

One of Washingtonian Magazine‘s “Top New Shops of 2021,” owner Marika Tsombikos’s shop focuses on handcrafted, ethically made, sustainable, nontoxic, eco-friendly goods.

Princeton Shopping Center

Princeton Bridal

An experienced bridal consultant, owner Matija Tomasello offers private appointments and welcoming, light-filled environment for brides to find the gown of their dreams.


From Liguria, Italy, Francesca Casapietra, brings traditional Italian recipes to Princeton with a menu offering delicious Antipasti, Dolci, and fresh and dried pasta.

4 Elements Wellness Center

Since opening 4 Elements in 2017, Silvia Fedorcikova has been innovating natural wellness in the central Jersey area, combining ancient practices with the latest technologies to help boost energy, appearance and mood.

Bella Boutique

A fashion industry veteran, Christina DiDonato opened Bella Boutique in 2015, determined to create a warm, welcoming and highly personalized shopping experience. She draws on her previous career as a buyer to curate high-end fashion choices for women of all ages.

Color Me Mine

Inspired by her own experience learning to love artmaking’s healing and empowering qualities, Krystal Spadafora relocated her pottery painting studio from Hamilton, New Jersey, to Princeton last year.

LiLLiPiES Bakery

New Jersey native Jennifer Carson is a sourdough expert, but LiLLiPiES is much more than delicious bread and goodies (baked from scratch, every day). Jennifer sources from trusted local, sustainable farmers and businesses to produce the best quality product.

Cindy Shattuck Photography

An award-winning art director and veteran journalist, Cindy Shattuck opened her photography studio in Princeton in 2015, where she provides services for families, weddings and professional portraits.

Atherton – Charlotte, NC


Founded in 1992 by Julie Jennings, Uniquities is one of the oldest, most well known clothing boutiques in North Carolina.

Boem Boutique

Owner and buyer Megan Orrell’s flagship brick-and-mortar store offers attainable fashion and give women a comfortable, inclusive place to shop.

The Golden Carrot

Nicole Corriher opened The Golden Carrot in 2015 in New Jersey. Clients enjoy her carefully curated selection of unique treasures, handmade by independent jewelry designers. She now lives with her family in Charlotte, where The Golden Carrot has taken root once more.

Bookout Blooms

Ashley Bookout is the owner and head designer of Bookout Blooms and, in just three years, has designed and organized over 100 weddings.

Vin Master Wine Shop

In 2017, Rochelle Baxter transformed a favorite neighborhood wine shop into something much more: a market by day and wine bar at night—broadening the existing inventory with wines from all over the world, craft beer, and small plates from the pantry.

Andrews Square – Atlanta, GA

Lucy’s Market

Kim Wilson established Lucy’s Market in 2009, after working in advertising sales over 25 years. Lucy’s Market is now located in the heart of Buckhead, and it’s a bustling shop filled with aisles of prepared foods, flowers, gifts, and (of course!) only the best fruit and vegetables that you can find in Atlanta.


Longtime friends Liz and Lindsey work with a third generation family-owned factory in Portugal to create the perfect terry from 100% organic long-staple cotton for our Bath Towels and Robes.

RiNo-27th & Larimer

SideCar Public Relations

Founded by Sarah Cullen, SCPR specializes in commercial real estate, community building and placemaking, with a mission to provide clients with the tools and counsel they need to clearly communicate their platforms, products and ideas to the stakeholders that matter most to them.

Nocturne Jazz Club & Noble Riot

Nicole Mattson is proud to be wearing the many hats of an entrepreneur, including full-time “restaurant mom” to the team at Nocturne Jazz Club. In April of 2019, Nicole and her husband Scott joined forces with a third partner to open Noble Riot, a wine bar located next right door.

Transform Fitness

Beth Bedingfield has been an avid athlete her entire life, attending a D1 university on a track and cross-country scholarship. After teaching the Lagree fitness method exclusively for five years, she opened Transform Colorado in Denver last year.

Honey Elixir Bar

Owner Jocasta Hanson is combining her passions for health, psychology, community and art to bring something totally different to Denver’s bar scene: all the drinks at Honey Elixir Bar incorporate medicinal herbs, superfoods and other botanicals.


With a background in fashion design, Olivia Meininger has built a neighborhood curiosity shop where clients discover niche clothing brands in addition to lovingly curated home décor.


Uptown Park – Houston, TX

Elizabeth Anthony

As Elizabeth Anthony’s first brick-and-mortar store expanded into a full lifestyle brand, so did its loyal clientele. In October of 2003, Julie purchased legendary store, Esther Wolf, and has since grown her business into a revered luxury destination.

High Gloss

Twin sisters Kim and Lisa Glosserman grew up in a family of tastemakers and fashion retailers. In the mid 1990’s, they fused together their love of artisan jewelry, accessories and collectibles to open High Gloss.

Preston Royal – Dallas, TX

POSE Studio

POSE brings fitness and beauty together in one unique concept. Local resident and owner April Kyle Snyder provides a program of Vinyasa-style yoga classes alongside blow-dry salon services, for clientele with post-workout plans.


Carley Seale opened her first store, Favor the Kind, in Dallas in 2007, which quickly expanded to Houston and Crested Butte, Colorado. Her latest endeavor, ROAM Fine Goods, prioritizes responsibly made, give-back and mission-driven makers and goods.

The Toy Maven

A locally owned small business, The Toy Maven prides itself on a fantastic and unique selection of toys, games and puzzles, while providing personal attention to customers. A former teacher, owner Candace Williams is inspired by her love of knowledge through play.

Cabin John Village – Potomac, MD

Jurisdiction Clothing

Jessica Markham and Sarah Hais aim to serve a diverse customer base with inclusive sizing, moderate prices and representation from minority-owned, female-owned and queer-owned vendors.

Indigo Physio

Through personalized, private, integrative pelvic floor physical therapy, orthopedic physical therapy, and massage therapy, founder, Dr. Sam Duflo’s studio is the Mid-Atlantic region’s leading pelvic floor physical therapy practice.

Colada Shop

A native of Dominican Republic, Daniella Senior opened her first Colada Shop in 2016 to share the vibrant flavors and colors of the Caribbean with Washingtonians.

Freshfields Village – Kiawah Island, SC

Aubergine Home Collection

Embarking on a journey from the rustic charm of Ireland to the vibrant environment of Freshfields Village, Grace Cribbon’s story is an inspiring tale of entrepreneurship.

Salt Marsh Animal Hospital

Making her way to Freshfields in 2021, Dr. Christie Wiles consistently demonstrates a deep passion for animal wellbeing within The Village community and further afield.

Holly & Brooks

With over ten remarkable years in business, Nancy Whitmore’s local women’s clothing, shoe and accessory boutique has evolved into a vibrant community hub, marrying fashion and empowerment.


Erica Hank’s avant-garde boutique showcases a meticulously curated collection of high-end fashion and offers bespoke personal styling services, thoughtfully designed to meet the multifaceted needs of the contemporary woman.

Café Eugenia

Bea Shaffer’s Café Eugenia exemplifies a love for local traditions and cuisine.

Java Java

Jaki DiGeronimo’s café doubles as a local hub, where people gather, engage and celebrate art and community spirit.

Learn more about all of the female owned businesses at Freshfields.