Reproduced with Permission from the Downtown Alliance.
It’s Women’s History Month, and, though we should be celebrating women every day of the year, this is an extra-special time to support the women and women-owned businesses in your life. That’s easy to do in Lower Manhattan, where we’ve got plenty of eateries, shops and the like run by some incredible ladies. Here’s where to spend your money for the next few weeks (and beyond).
Blue Park Kitchen
Downtown is heavily supplied with fast-casual bowls, but Kelly Fitzpatrick has ensured that her dishes at Blue Park Kitchen (70 Pine Street) are smart, healthy and filling. You can customize as much or as little as you’d like. And while it’s so slick you’d expect them to have hundreds of locations nationwide, there is the first and only location.
At OneSeed (111 Murray Street) you can take assurance in knowing that your meals and treats are free of dairy, gluten and refined sugars. Founder Nicki Hamilton, who opened her first restaurant in Dallas in 2015, returned to her home roots in Lower Manhattan to contribute her perspective on a wide variety of healthy, feel-good meals. Food should be fun, healthy and delicious, according to Hamilton, an argument that is evident in her menu.
Magic Mix Juicery
Ready to get healthy and feel great? Jil Larsen is a certified health coach whose Magic Mix Juicery at 102 Fulton Street makes healthy living effortless for those who want to balance the hustle and bustle of the New York City lifestyle with healthy living. Stop by to experience their freshly pressed juices and their delicious vegan offerings.
Martin Busch Jewelers
Longtime independent jewelry shop (85 John Street) that is now managed by Martin’s great niece Eva Busch offers excellent options for all price ranges, original designs and watch repairs.
With a happy hour that runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sara Williams has maintained Fresh Salt (146 Beekman Street, photo above) as a local favorite. Craft beers, interesting wines and tasty bar bites and sandwiches round out the menu.
This vegan cafe (19 Rector Street) owned by Australia native Ana Ivkosic is a lovely independent spot, one that boasts excellent superfood waffles, organic bites and excellent coffee blends for all flavor profiles.
Pick up some cool pieces at this stylish jewelry boutique (71 Murray Street), where mother-daughter Yafit and Tyler Goldfarb create and curate meaningful talismans, art and home decor.
As if you didn’t already have five perfectly legitimate reasons to spend your lunch break at this Nassau Street salon, this month you can support owner Sadia Brangan by popping in for a relaxing facial.
Owner Mena Maguire always provides a welcoming ambience and an extensive menu at Ryan Maguire’s (28 Cliff Street), ranging from wings and burgers to their tried and true Shepherd’s Pie — proving this Irish pub a hit in the kitchen and behind the bar. To get the best of both worlds, enjoy their $19.95 bottomless brunch, offered on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
When you need some flavorful takeout, this spicy standby at 85 Greenwich Street will never let you down. Owner Dolores Cordova recommends a mole poblano that is already calling our name.
To learn more about women-owned businesses in Lower Manhattan, visit the Downtown Alliance at https://downtownny.com