These Women-Owned Businesses in Owego Prove Girls Run the World
March 31, 2022
As women’s history month draws to a close, it’s important to remember that women and women-owned businesses are ever-present and should be supported all year long. Down in southern New York, there is a town that’s discovered just how many of the locally owned businesses are run by women. And because so many of the things to do in Owego are led by ladies, you’re guaranteed a unique and welcoming visit. From hotels and restaurants to shops and services, check out dozens of women-owned businesses in Owego.
The #OwegoWomenCreate campaign was launched in Summer 2021. It all started when local artist Chris Knickerbocker of Old Souls Home was getting ready to be featured in the Fall 2021 issue of Where Women Create magazine. Chris was featured for her very original and creative work. She describes herself as a dumpster diver who “collect[s] castoffs to breathe some new life into what was going into the garbage.”
But when she and her business were drawing attention, it sparked a conversation to find other women-owned businesses in Owego. It shocked everybody when they realized how many there were! Owego has nearly 50 different businesses that are owned – or co-owned – by women. It also happens to one of the most charming towns I’ve ever visited. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Women-Owned Businesses in Owego
With so many businesses run by the ladies, it’s challenging to list them all. So I’ll highlight a mixture of the businesses that stand out. It’s also worth noting that all of the women had input as to what their sign would say – and no two are the same.
Riverow Bookshop – Where Women Read
Find your favorite classic literature or discover a new local artist at Riverow Bookshop. Owned by Laura Spencer Eberly, Riverow is filled with shelves upon shelves upon shelves of books and other literary goodies. Feel free to ask for a recommendation from one of the shopkeepers. And definitely check out the dress made out of book pages at the front of the store.
Hygge Home – Where Women Cozy Up
Owned by Mandy (and supported by her husband Lou), Hygge Home is exactly what it sounds like – a home decor store dedicated to the hygge lifestyle. What is “hygge”? It’s a part of Danish culture pertaining to the quality and coziness of their lifestyle. At Hygge Home, you’ll find blankets, pillows, candles, signs, artwork, and so much more. I also loved the sustainable products section and the dog/cat gifts.
Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar – Where Women Percolate
Do you like to view artwork and listen to live music while you enjoy your cup of morning coffee? Well that’s exactly what you can do at Carol’s Coffee & Art Bar. The café is owned by Carol Ostrander-Livermore, and much of the artwork covering the walls is her original work. And yes, there is every flavor and style of coffee you could ask for.
The Cellar Restaurant
Sandy and Bob Layman are not only some of the kindest people in town, they also serve some incredible food at The Cellar Restaurant. Located right on the river, you can enjoy your meal with a view. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, there’s something on the menu for every palate. But if you’re not sure what to get? Ask your server. Ours did not prove us wrong! We had the bruschetta that was on special when we visited, and it was phenomenal. Order some if you can.
Katie’s Kreations – Where Women Kreate
Whether you’re shopping for a loved one, or looking to treat yourself, head over to Katie’s Kreations. Her shop features a wide variety of giftable products, including the ever popular Beekman 1802 and Magnolia Home items. You’ll also find hand-crafted jewelry, artwork, candles, and other home decor.
The Owego Kitchen – Where Women Cook
One of Owego’s most popular eateries, The Owego Kitchen has everything you could want for a casual breakfast or lunch. Julie and Ike Lovelass have created a spot where both locals and visitors alike feel welcome – and fill their stomachs. And yes, they have coffee and desserts too!
1867 Parkview Inn
Need a place to stay while you’re in town? Head over to the 1867 Parkview Inn. Beth and Mark Johnson purchased the historic property in 2011 and spent years and years bringing it back to its former glory. But an overnight at the Parkview is not necessarily for the faint of heart. With over 150 years of history, the inn is said to have some visitors who have… stuck around. Perhaps you’ll encounter one when you visit?
Stay tuned… a more in-depth story about the ghosts of 1867 Parkview is coming!
Fuddy Duddy’s Confectionery – Where Women Delight
Satisfy your sweet tooth and load up on snacks at Fuddy Duddy’s Confectionery. Kim and Steve Cruty have created a haven of chocolates, homemade fudge, old-fashioned sodas, and so much more. Plus, you can get everything you need to make an exceptional charcuterie board.
Early Owego Antique Center – Where Women Antique
If you love antiques, you have to check out the Early Owego Antique Center. Owned by Cornelia and Jim Mead, the “antique mall” features over 90 vendors throughout 2 floors of shopping. You could get lost for hours among all of the treasures inside. You’ll never know what you’ll find.
The Laughing Place – Where Women Play
If toys and games are more your style – or maybe you’re shopping for a younger friend, visit The Laughing Place. Stuffed animals, craft kits, children’s books, and more fill this shop with so much joy.
Where Women Create in Owego
So next time you’re in Owego, make a point to find the Where Women Create signs on the local businesses. They are each tailored to their own niche. Snap a photo with one (or several!) and share them on social media to show your support. Tag @OwegoNYWhereWomenCreate on Facebook and @owegowomencreate on Instagram.