Today, March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is also being marked as A Day Without A Woman, an initiative to “highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women and gender nonconforming people continue to face.”
Women, who can, are encouraged to take the day off from paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses, and/or wear RED in solidarity.
Montclair Bread Company is honoring the day by closing. “Our bakery will be closed to honor all the women who work hard everyday to support themselves and their families along with all the women throughout history who have paved the way to make this world a better place. All of our employees will be paid for their normal hours.”
However you personally choose to honor the day, you can support our local women owned businesses:
- Grab a cup of coffee at Java Love
- Get a bottle of gourmet olive oil at Olive That and More
- Have lunch at Plum on Park, BLondon, or Toast
- Get a bottle of wine at Amanti Vino
- Get a beer at Egan & Sons. they’re opening at noon for women taking the day off!
- Buy something sweet at Little Daisy Bake Shop
- Pick up books at Watchung Booksellers (they’re offering a 20% discount on all books written by women today!) and then get lunch at Tiny Elephant
- Get your hair done at Parlor Hair Studio, Allure Hair Studio,or at Ahava Felicidad Hair & Body
- Treat yourself (or someone you love) to beauty products at DollyMoo or Chelsea Square (which also sells locally made Miss Nicky’s Gourmet Toffee)
- Order flowers from Blooms in Hand or R. Merritt Flowers
- Take a yoga class at Yoga Mechanics Montclair or Zura
- Buy some athleticwear at Sweat & Strut and then go take a fitness class at Corefire Studio, Boone Studio, or Pure Barre Montclair. Then get stretched out at Power Stretch Studios.
- Get some spring fashion at one of the many women owned boutiques — Nouvelle, Aris Couture, Dot Reeder, Valley Girl, to name a few.
- Or buy some items to spruce up your home decor at verdigreen, Jafajems, or Howell.
- Get the kids a gift at Apple Village, Sunshine Sam, or Dirt & Noise. Then take them to play or learn at Kidville, L3 Academy, or Music Together.
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Just get out there and let our local women know what they mean to our community! Let us know in comments any other women owned businesses that deserve a shout out and how you’re honoring the day.