Shop These Female-Owned Businesses In Little Italy For Women’s History Month

Little Italy is known for its beautiful charm, walkable streets, delicious foods, and amazing business owners. As March approaches, the Little Italy Association celebrates our neighborhood’s female-owned businesses for Women’s History Month.

Shop ‘til You Drop

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Stroll Boutique

Business owner and founder, Katie McCarthy opened her boutique called Stroll in 2014 in beautiful Little Italy. Her shop offers fun and affordable women’s clothing, accessories, local artisans and more. What should you expect when you walk into her store? It’s where boho chic meets the city streets. If that’s your style, this might be the boutique for you. Shop all new arrivals here.

Valmare Boutique

Founded by sister-duo Marla Ivanna and Valentina Sicoli, Valmare first opened its doors in 2019. The beautiful boutique offers a variety of the latest clothing from all over the world, specializing in resort wear, with new arrivals every week. They are also launching their new skincare line, Valmare Allure, this month which will be exclusively available at Valmare Boutique.

Additional female-owned boutiques include Rosamariposa, Bluza Boutique, Crema Boutique and Verde.

The Arts

Adelman Fine Art

Adelman Fine Art is a contemporary boutique gallery owned and operated by two art-loving and dynamic sisters, Marcia Adelman and Nicole Adelman-Brewer. Their gallery offers original paintings, limited edition signed prints, art glass, sculptures, artisan jewelry and unique gifts all at a very affordable price, because they believe original arts belongs in every home or office regardless of budget. Browse their collection here.

Stefanie Bales Fine Art

Stefanie Bales opened her own boutique artist studio and gallery Stefanie Bales Fine Art, in the heart of Little Italy in 2019. She is a contemporary fine artist who uses multiple mediums to create her masterpieces and her recent work is mostly inspired by the coastal topographies of Southern California. At her studio, you can find a large selection of original fine art paintings, prints and one-of-a-kind gifts. See what artwork she has available for purchase here.

Meyer Fine Art

Co-owned by Kathi Meyer, Meyer Fine Art first opened its doors in 2006 on the North end of Little Italy. Focusing on original graphics, limited edition prints, and other works on paper, specializing in 19th–21st century artists, the gallery also holds a complimentary selection of paintings. Their current collection can be viewed here.

Wellness on the Inside & Out

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Infinite Yoga

The founder and creative director of Infinte Yoga, Katia, opened her studio in the Little Italy neighborhood back in 2014. They teach a powerful and classic form of yoga called Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to all levels. They have classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings available. Sign up for private yoga lessons here.

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Often Wander

Founded in 2021 by Sarah Larson, Often Wander specializes in small batch natural soy candles, reed diffusers, bath & body and handmade jewelry. Before her dream came true to open her own boutique, she would sell her creations to friends, at the farmers market, and pop ups. Explore her eclectic collection of products here.

Pilates Room Studios

Opened in 2004 in Little Italy, owner Katia Pessoa has expanded Pilates Room Studios to an additional 5 locations. With a passion for helping their members feel empowered, inspired, and recharged, this studio focuses on integrity, passion, education, positivism, and balance. You can learn more about the best membership that works for you here.

Remedy Holistic Pharmacy

Founded in 2019, RemedyRX is a holistic pharmacy owned and operated by an entire team of empowering women. Owner and Pharmacist, Dr. April Segal, first opened Remedy to create a community space where people can feel comfortable asking questions about their medication, while potentially looking for a natural approach as well. Now, the pharmacy has aided the community in partnership with the Little Italy Association, by hosting a Covid vaccination clinic last year and plans for a blood drive later this year. To learn more about the pharmacy or book your appointment, you can visit here.

Theory Hair Studio

If you’re looking to get your hair cut, colored or styled, make sure to check out Theory Hair Studio, owned by Uyen Tran. She attended Paul Mitchel The School in 2005 and has worked hard over the years to perfect her cutting and coloring techniques. Her salon also specializes in hair extensions, lash extensions and makeup. Book an appointment here.

Sweet Treats & Little Italy Mercato

Extraordinary Desserts

Karen Krasne is the owner and executive pastry chef of Extraordinary Desserts – San Diego’s go-to spot for sweet and savory treats. From coffee cake to crème brulée to Danish Parisienne strawberry, this bakery offers everything you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. See their daily menu and order online here.

Little Italy Mercato

The Little Italy Mercato was founded by Catt Fields White in 2008. She had a strong desire to provide people in her urban neighborhood with a great source of fresh food. Now, members of our community can in this integral part of our neighborhood all thanks to Catt’s hard work and innovation. They offer a selection of farm produce, artisan foods, meat and eggs, plus crafts and plants at an excellent value. Currently reduced in size to maintain distancing, the market still features over 85 vendor tents each weekend stretching over four blocks of West Date Street.

See you there, San Diego!

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