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Celebrating Women’s History Month the Baltimore Way

Posted March 10th, 2021 dining, retail, shopping

Established in 1987, Congress passed a resolution decreeing the month March as Women’s History Month. About 100 years ago, women obtained the right to vote. From this day forward, women have been on a journey to find true equality. March is a month to celebrate the contributions the women of America have made to the United States. This month celebrates and honors women for all that they are.

Honor and celebrate the women of Baltimore by supporting these small, female-owned, businesses not too far from your home here at Luminary. 

Emma’s Tea Spot

Partake in the perfect, prim and proper British Experience at Emma’s Tea Spot. Owner Emma Canoles has created a venue emphasizing British cuisine and tea, local produce and sustainable lifestyles for customers. Based on her own extensive traveling experience, master gardening license, and holistic practitioner background, Canoles uses this as her inspiration for her business. Grab some authentic British pastries or sandwiches to go, order on GrubHub, or walk in and smell the aroma inside Emma’s Tea Spot!

Foreman Wolf Restaurant Group

Chef Cindy Wolf is an esteemed and award-winning Chef. French based cuisine and fundamentals are the backbone of Wolf’s culinary achievements. Foreman Wolf is a restaurant-group based in Baltimore. Their restaurants and locations include: Charleston, Cinghale, Bar Vasquez, Cindy Lou’s, Petit Louis Bistro, Johnny’s, Bin 604 Wine and Spirits, and Bin 201 Wine and Spirits. As co-owner and head chef of Foreman Wolf Restaurant, Cindy Wolf‘s menus will never disappoint your tastebuds!


Judith Golding, owner of Cosima and proud dog-owner, has situated her restaurant in a historic mill, right by the Jones Falls in Woodberry. As a lover of nature, Golding hopes her customers will enjoy delicious drinks and Sicilian-inspired dinners in a calm, welcoming atmosphere.

Sally O’s

Inspired by her grandmother’s cooking, Jesse Sandlin is happy to base her restaurant in a place she has always called home, Highlandtown. Jesse is an experienced chef, having cooked in restaurants from California to Australia. She even competed on “Top Chef.” Sally O’s Steak Frites, Highlandtown Smash Burger, and homemade ice cream taste just as good at home as they do in the restaurant! Support this woman-owned business by reserving a table, ordering out, or getting delivery!

Teavolve Cafe

A self-proclaimed hippie and tea lover, Sunni Gilliam began TeaVolve in 2005. Gilliam is proud to share her “good vibes only mantra” with customers throughout Baltimore. With over 30 types of loose-leaf tea and food for all types of dietary needs, Teavolve has something for everyone. Gilliam wants her customers to be part of an experience that inspires the senses and simply, makes you feel good!

Greedy Reads

Julia Fleischaker buys the best of the best for her independent bookstore, Greedy Reads. As a hands-on owner, Fleischaker will help you find books you cannot get your nose out of and even help sign you up for book clubs. With locations in Fells Point and Remington, curbside pickup or appointments for in-store browsing will fill your hands with the best books around. If you are lucky, you might be able to see Fleischaker’s dog, Audie, running around her store.

American Visionary Art Museum

Did you know the American Visionary Art Museum was owned by a woman named Rebecca Alban Hoffberger? Her unique idea for a museum emphasizes creativity, invention, and art. With an outdoor theater, 2 outdoor plazas, a wildflower meditation garden, and a total of 67,000 square feet under a roof, the AVAM is the largest major visionary art environment open to the public. Hoffberger’s heart for charity, art and the environment is prevalent within and around her museum.

B. Willow

Bring the outdoors inside with B.Willow. Liz Varya, owner of B.Willow, is helping society feel more connected to nature to start prioritizing sustainability and repairing our planet. Join Varya in reducing stress and beginning rejuvenation by interacting with nature. Her job as an assistant plant designer has cultivated and morphed into her own beautiful botanical store. From air plants, to succulents, to terrariums, and potted plants, there are thousands of plants to live in your home!  

Support Local

Now, more than ever, it’s important to support local. Throughout the month of March and beyond, be sure to support local, Baltimore women. If you visit any of the businesses above, be sure to share your photos with us at @LuminaryLiving

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