A market is only as good it’s vendors and many of our vendors here at the Waterfront Market are female owned and operated.
Today is International Women’s Day and the Waterfront Market at Ruston wanted to give a wholehearted shout out to all of our woman owned businesses. Without your strong leadership, incredible market insights, business savviness and incredible products, the Waterfront Market would not be what it is today.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. This year’s theme is about breaking the bias, working towards a world that is free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
Below are just some of Waterfront Market’s women owned businesses and some stories, bios and offerings celebrating the International Women’s Day 2022:
Elonka Perez – Taco Street
“Being a Woman in business has many challenges and obstacles. I find inspiration from all the talented & extremely devoted women around me. Success never comes easy, and these women never give up. With each challenge that lays in front of us I witness resolve and determination to achieve the goals we’ve set. Balancing motherhood, personal life, and the desire to reach new heights in business has been the adventure of a lifetime and I hope that I’ve been able to show my daughter and all the other ladies along the way that there are no limits and only opportunities.
I would be nothing if it weren’t for the amazing team of women that I work with daily. Thank you all so much for all you’ve taught me along the way. “
Laura Byce – Black Fleet Brewing
“This weekend Black Fleet Brewing will be featuring Thea legacy at the market place . This American wheat ale originally brewed with Tammy Trinkle and Deidre Foss the great great great granddaughter of Thea Foss. Thea’s Legacy is an American wheat ale brewed with cherry blossoms and rose petals. It’s dedicated it to Thea Foss for her entrepreneurship well as her Contribution to the Tacoma community and women throughout our nation. Tammy Trinkle was a pioneer in her own right as well as one of the few women who help build the Tacoma Dome, she contributed and broke barriers for women throughout our area. Available in 32 ounce and 16 ounce cans this brew is so popular we bring it back every year in celebration of women everywhere. Black Fleet Brewing is a woman owned business. Today (Tuesday) Caitlyn Byce and Kyle Maxwell will be brewing a hibiscus brew which will be available for Mother’s Day.”
Annika Jones – Pashmina Palace
Annika Jones is the owner of Pashmina Palace, a clothing brand at the Waterfront Market at Ruston. Annika is local designer that “wanted to work with women and make them feel beautiful”. She has been at the Waterfront Market since the very beginning. After viewing the location for the first time, she knew this is where she wanted her business and loves the community aspect of working at the market. Annika is not only an immigrant, but an orphan as well. Annika mentioned that one trait she feels is most important for female business owners is perseverance and never giving up.
LaDonna Olmstead – Tea Madame
LaDonna is one of our newest female business owners at the Waterfront Market. Her business, Tea Madame is a one stop shop for anything tea related and is HIGHLY rated by her customers. She is one of the local authorities on tea and is a certified tea educator and has a total of three stores. Driven: That’s a word I would use to describe LaDonna. Her vision required her to be 100% in charge, she needed to be in control. It’s her vision, focus and the ability to execute that is making Tea Madame a very sought-after brand name in the tea industry. She only does business here in Peirce County and love the local Tacoma community. She is launching some tea tasting classes here at the market. These educational classes are super popular amongst the tea community.
Lilly Laurore – Sunflower Soul Apothecary
“Hi My name is Lily I own and operate Sunflower Soul Apothecary formerly known as Sage Onyx Soapery. I am proud to be an International women of color and women veteran. My business creates natural and artisan style soaps, aromatherapy and provide spiritual wellness items.”
Norma Irish – Eco Repurpose Boutique
“Eco Repurpose Boutique is owned and operated by Norma Irish a U. S. Army Veteran and minority women. Our mission is to find unique products that are eco friendly, cruelty free, made by people that are treated with respect and paid a livable wage. Our motto, “Recycling in a fashionable way!””