Old town French Quarter covered food and flea market inside in Louisiana city and people shopping

Neighborhood News: Celebrating International Women’s Day at Ravenswood-Lincoln Square’s International Women’s Day Market

Old town French Quarter covered food and flea market inside in Louisiana city and people shopping

Giving credit to my 18-year old, Lev, for this post today. I was wondering out loud how to best focus on Women’s History Month for Neighborhood News. “Why don’t you talk about women business owners?”

Great idea, kid! And as it stands, women dominate the small business market. The Global Entrepreneur Monitor (GEM) says there are 80 women (small business owners) for every 1 man. Globally, GEM says women were more likely than men to be solopreneurs (1.47 women solopreneurs for every 1 man).

Celebrate women business owners during Women’s History Month with the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce this weekend, March 9 and 10, at their 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Market at Artifact Events, 4325 N. Ravenswood Avenue.  The event runs from 10am-4pm each day. 

The market features pop-up shops curated by locals, women-owned businesses selling unique products from jewelry, beauty products, home goods, food, drinks, and more. Some of the women-owned businesses include Amy’s Candy Bar, featuring handcrafted chocolates, truffles, caramels, marshmallows, and candy. Andria Green will be featuring hand-block printed textiles and home goods inspired by nature & color, as well as illustrated art prints. Anne E. Terpstra Pottery bringsher ceramics and pottery. Others include Bon Femmes, featuring home decor, accessories, beauty products & clothing. All items at Bon Femmes are made and designed by women with a percentage of every sale donated to a woman led charity, and CHIRP Radio, a woman-founded and led, volunteer-driven, community radio station focused on music, arts, and culture.

In addition to The National Organization of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is sponsoring a Speaker Series at the event. On Saturday at 1:00 pm,  Melinda Herron of 103 Collection, will present ‘The Blueprint: Crafting a Winning Strategy for Retail Partnerships to Scale Your Brand,’ which “unravels the secrets to forging impactful retail partnerships and unlocking the potential to elevate your brand to new heights.”

It’s not all about business, either. Sunday at 3:00 pm Lisa Marsh, of Ms. P’s Gluten Free, presents ‘Getting Healthier One Step at a Time.’ As she describes, “For many of us rapid change doesn’t work well, we try diet after diet to no avail. While there is no magic pill for getting healthier, there are small steps that can be taken to get there little by little. Join me as I tell you how I am overcoming family health tragedies and history, to have a brighter tomorrow.”

The International Women’s Market is free. For more information, click here.

Alison Moran-Powers and Dean’s Team Chicago