12 Wonderful Women-Led Independent Businesses In Glasgow

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Here’s some local, women-led businesses recommended by you.

International Women’s Day (March 8) has arrived and Women’s History Month is well underway so we thought we’d share some of the best women-owned businesses in Glasgow. And, who better to tell us the best spots but YOU. We asked Secret Glasgow followers what their favourite women-led businesses were, and you did not disappoint, giving us some truly amazing places to shout about. From clothes shops and cafés to florists and jewellery makers, here’s what you recommended.

1. Curate Glasgow

This amazing Glasgow platform, created by Kate Maxwell, stocks an array of items that are perfect as gifts. From handcrafted jewellery and pottery to sleek furniture and funky prints, Curate Glasgow offers unique pieces to suit all tastes. The woman-owned shop was founded on a love for independent shops, handmade homeware and sustainably developed projects and we’re a fan too.

2. Spin Pottery

Nestled away in Glasgow’s Hidden Lane, Spin Pottery not only offers amazing bowls, mugs and home decorations, but also cute DIY pottery boxes for you to have a go at from home. The Glasgow business can create boxes filled with all the tools and equipment needed to make your own pottery creation, such as glazing your own pot. They also offer ‘spin’ classes to take part in at their pttery studio during non-Covid times. Definitely worth booking a session post-lockdown!

3. Emily Brooks Art

Emily Brooks creates amazing paintings as well as trinket dishes and prints, with her most recent art collection, Window Shopping, going on sale last wee. If you’re in search of a more personal print then you may like Emily’s one of a kind works of art that will not be reprinted. So, if you or someone you know  wants a unique, eye-catching piece, then why not have one designed by this small, women-owned Glasgow business?

4. 33 Dowanhill

Who else is counting down the days until they can get a facial? Well, this women-owned beauty salon is definitely worth a visit. Offering a wide selection of treatments to suit your needs, 33 Dowanhill will provide you with a facial that’ll have you leaving the salon feeling like a boss if you didn’t already. Plus, they offer a number of beauty sets featuring facial oils and massage tools as well as hand-poured candles to create a spa experience from home.

5. I Am Nomad

This independent, women-led business began offers everything you could possibly need to turn your house into a home. I Am Nomad offers a range of homewares to turn your space into a showroom featuring candles, furniture, lighting, crockery, vases and ceramics. Their aesthetically-pleasing Instagram posts scream save-worthy content.

6. Bonnie Bling

Mhairi Mackenzie, owner of Bonnie Bling, creates jewellery from acrylic, and some even feature recycled and sustainable materials. You’ll find necklaces, keyrings, earrings, bracelets, badges, brooches all beautifully-crafted and located on her online store. Bonnie Bling recently launched a spring collection featuring sunflower designs that are bound to brighten your day, as well as pins to highlight endometriosis and raise funds for Endometriosis UK.

7. Law Design Studio

This clothes company based in the Glasgow area, creates apparel with a difference. Law Design Studio creates minimalist clothes designs using sustainably-sourced materials and plastic-free packaging, plus their clothes are made to order, so not only are you helping to support local, women-led businesses, you are also doing good for the planet. Win-win.

8. Blooms

Looking to feed your plant obsession? For all the avid and wannabe Glasgow plant mums and dads out there, this women-led Glasgow business is the perfect go-to if you want to decorate your home with plants. Based in Glasgow’s West End, you’ll find a selection of houseplants and flowers to suit all living conditions, as well as pots and plant accessories.

9. Cafe Strange Brew

We’re all in need of a treat, especially when in a pandemic, so why not try a brilliant brunch to takeaway from an independent, woman-owned café? Cafe Strange Brew in Glasgow’s Southside  features the likes of bagels, burritos, pancakes, toasties and breakfast buns on their menu. The small business also offers incredible bakes and drinks to takeaway too.

10. Pearl and Plum Photography

Owned by Carli Kieran and Leigh Irwin, this Glasgow photography company hair salon is one of the women-led businesses chosen by you that is run by two women. Pearl and Plum Photography is an award-winning photography studio and great if you’re in need of pics for weddings, events or simple portraits to brighten your home.

11. Dear Green

Wake up and smell this coffee. Dear Green is a women-led coffee roastery that is not only bringing us top notch beans for our morning brew but also bringing about change when it comes to ethical coffee. Their packaging is biodegradable and Dear Green aims to source their coffee through direct trade links. Plus, they’re the founders and organisers of Scotland’s biggest coffee party, Glasgow Coffee Festival. Their Ballroom Blend with notes of toffee, pink grapefruit and plum is a firm favourite for many customers.

12. Hidden Lane Brewery

Another women-led business in Glasgow who is bossing it is Hidden Lane Brewery. Owner Rachel Suttle really knows her beers with a CV stretching back to her days at Budweiser and now uses her craft and skill to bring refreshing beers to the people of Glasgow and beyond. From lovely lagers to their thirst-quenching raspberry saison ale, these organic craft beers are definitely worth shouting about.

[Featured Image: Hidden Lane Brewery, Bonnie Bling]

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