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This International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re getting behind the Valley’s female-owned businesses to recognise the amazing girl bosses and women doing things their way. From design-driven dames to music mavens, and boss bakers to movers and [cocktail] shakers, here’s some of our fave female-owned businesses to support in the Valley.

Cakes & Sh!t
Serial entrepreneur Samantha Fitzpatrick has her finger in a few Valley hospitality pies. She’s not only the head baker at the sweetly subversive Cakes & Sh!t in Bakery Lane, Samantha is also co-owner of Uh-Oh Spaghetti-o late-night pasta joint and Uh Oh Bottle-O with partner Sam Holman, just to mention a few of their joint ventures. It’s clear this carb queen knows what people want and is serving it up to them while infusing the Valley with some much-needed fun times.
 
Forge Forward
Amy Crow is a creative force to be reckoned with. This polymath owns Forge Forward, a design-driven space-slash-hairstyling studio-slash-workshop venue that celebrates and connects local creatives of all stripes. Head here for crafty workshops and networking events and to shop amazing art from around the globe. Forge Forward will also host the Future – Female Reloaded launch event on 12 March, celebrating local brands and spaces run by women.
 
The Zoo
Taking over as owner of iconic Valley venue The Zoo in 2016, Pixie Weyand was also named Telstra Queensland Young Business Woman of the Year that same year. As The Zoo’s director, Pixie wears many hats, including venue booker and manager, and is a well-known advocate in the local and independent music scene.

Alice Nightingale
Crafty creative Alice Veivers is a one-woman enterprise that spans her handmade vintage-inspired label Alice Nightingale, weekly social sewing classes, craft workshops and online craft swap meets. She even finds the time to coordinate the Valley Laneway Market. We love her style and the sunny vibes and rainbow colours of her California Lane shop.
 
Jess Blak
A silversmith by trade, Jess Blak’s eponymous store and label is a showcase for her handcrafted jewellery hewn in traditional methods and ethical practices. Her organic style is inspired by nature and the environment and counts other unconventional fierce females, such as rapper Brooke Candy and singer-songwriter Zola Jesus, as fans.
 
Finney Isles
As the new owner of Finney Isles cocktail lounge, Tuyen Huynh is shaking things up with seasonal menus that showcase innovative methods and delicious ingredients for visually stunning cocktail confections. This female bar owner can be found behind the bar and in front of the impressive array of liquors and spirits as the mixmaster of her domain.
 
UnCommon Store
Jodie Hilton is so passionate about supporting and mentoring emerging fashion designers, she established two complementary Valley businesses. UnCommon Store is a retail showroom for the local brands nurtured by The New Garde fashion agency, which are both founded by Jodie and promote the independent style the Valley is known for.
 
Practice Studio

Kathryn Walsh set up Practice Studio as a combined workroom and retail space that’s designed to bridge the gap between maker and consumer. With an emphasis on sustainable style, as well as stocking emerging designers with an ethical ethos, Kat offers in-store alterations and garment-mending services and supports the maker network in the Valley.
 
The Little Red Company
The Little Red Company has had a distinguished career since its inception in 2012. With a new home in the Valley, co-director Naomi Price is at the helm of this award-winning Brisbane-based production house and as one of Australia’s leading cabaret and music theatre performers, she’s also a multi-award-winning dynamo in her own right.


– March 2021