March 28, 2023
Celebrate Women's History Month with Visit Mesa!
Visit Mesa is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month for the City of Mesa and the state of Arizona at large. Powerful women in Mesa have shaped history and our community as we know it today.
Among the many influential women, Visit Mesa believes in supporting local, women-owned businesses. Read more below about a handful of Mesa’s woman-owned businesses. Support them this month and year-round as well.
Women-Owned Businesses in Mesa
Tucked away in The Greenbelt in Downtown Mesa, visitors can find a cozy cafe to sit and enjoy a delicious coffee blend. Known for their banana coffee, OBC does not disappoint. Owned and operated by a mother-daughter team, the vibes in the cafe are nothing short of splendid. Give it a try the next time you are in Downtown Mesa!
Worth Takeaway is owned and operated by a couple that lives right here in Mesa, Kelsey and Jim Bob Strothers. When the two first moved to Mesa, they loved the walkability and small town feel of Downtown Mesa, so they decided to create a business here.
The specially crafted menu is full of delectable options for all, as each sandwich has an alternative option, mindful of those with food allergies. Aside from the delicious foods, this sandwich shop prides itself on the community it has created. The Strothers have created an experience that uses a delicious meal to build a special moment.
After a lifetime of being a self-proclaimed "water kid," Heather Fetter took her love of being on the open water and turned it into her dream job. Heather is the owner of No Snow Paddleboard Shop, which she opened with her husband Court, a former competitive water skier, in 2012.
The shop's unique name pays homage to the couple's love of Arizona's warm weather and Mesa's close proximity to stunning rivers and lakes. No Snow offers paddleboard rentals, sales, lessons and even group events, including sunrise and sunset paddles.
When your bellies are full and shopping is on your mind, Nash Vintage Collective is the perfect shop to scout. Owner Heather Nash hand picks each piece in the shop, guaranteeing a wonderful item to take home with you after each visit. While many of the pieces are vintage and one of a kind, most of these items are still perfect and trendy for your wardrobe.
Karen L. May, owner and creator of this event planning business, discovered her passion for event planning as a teenager. She started off her journey in the industry by working with well-established events. Eventually, she decided to do it all herself. In 2017, Scottsdale Private Event Venues + Hangar Parties was created. Karen is proud of her ability to provide the full package to each of her clients. Since its start, the company and Karen herself have been recognized, receiving a handful of industry awards.
This event planning business offers catering, audiovisual, décor, rental, transportation, logistics, and consultation services to round out their full-service event planning and production support. The package that is offered provides relief to event planners who often source separate services from different providers.
Wildjoy all started when founder and CEO Lacy Cain discovered her love for adventures. One day during her senior year of college, she took a hike with some friends that led to a beautiful waterfall. In that moment, she recalls realizing just how beautiful life really was. She hopes to share that joy so people can get out in nature and get out of their heads. The passion behind her business stems from the idealization that people can experience pure WILDJOY with her business. Learn more about Wildjoy, Lacy Cain and Visit Mesa's Adventure Explorer passport here.
Tortilla Flat is a beloved spot for many tourists who venture to Arizona. Established in 1904, the town owner and self-appointed "Mayor" Katie Ellering has made Tortilla Flat a destination for families and friends to visit year-round.
The Tortilla Flat Saloon offers a full menu of delicious snacks, meals and drinks to choose from. The saddle bar stools bring in that western flair along with the restaurant's killer chili and signature prickly pear lemonade.
Owners Hope and Aaron were born and raised on the Navajo Reservation. They started cooking their grandma's frybread and opened their first brick and mortar location just 10 years later. Their homemade frybread is made fresh daily with both sweet and savory toppings, using only the freshest ingredients. This type of bread can only be taught by a loving grandmother like Hope and Aaron's. Along with the delicious frybread, they also sell other options on their menu that pair well with the bread.
This cozy, female owned restaurant is nestled in the heart of Downtown Mesa. The family-run bakery and cafe was opened in December of 2020 by Missy Glover. She started her bakery 20 years ago at the same location but reopened it in 2020 once her kids were older. While she has gotten a lot of help and support from her family, she stands as the proud owner of Main St. Sweets.
The bakery is known for its scrumptious cookies and treats, along with its savory soups and sandwiches. There is something for everyone to try.
Come support female-owned businesses!