Selling or trading homemade goods was a women’s business for years. But only since the end of the 20th century, women opened stores to sell their baked goods, and all over the country, bakeries owned and managed by women started to open. With the beginning of the 21st century and the rise of the cupcakes and candy stores, more and more #MadeByWomen businesses opened. Some stayed as local stores while others expanded. Check out this list of bakeries, cupcakes, and candy shops, all #MadeByWomen.
1. Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
Twice the Cupcakes Wars winner, Doron Petersan unlocked the secrets of vegan pastry. The only all-vegan bakery cafe in DC offers a varied menu that includes dairy-free cupcakes, cakes, and bakery sweets, alongside dishes such as chili, quesadillas, and tempeh bacon – all lower in saturated fat and without hydrogenated oils.
1370 Park RD NW, Washington, DC 20010
2. Sweet Crimes
Since childhood, founder Catherine (Keri) Lijinsky has been a creative baker, inspired by the local cuisine of the places she lived overseas. When finding out she has gluten intolerant, she began experimenting with gluten-free baking. Sweet Crimes is serving delicious and enjoyable gluten-free baking goods, including bread and bagel, brownies, cakes, and the special award-winning donuts.
Catherine (Keri) Lijinsky
1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
3. Milk Bar Flagship @ Logan Circle
Since 2008, the award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi integrates her formal culinary training and her passion for home baking of classic American sweets. This unconventional sweet shop offers original menu items such as Compost Cookie, Milk Bar Pie, and Cereal Milk Soft Serve, alongside classics such as truffles, cookies, and layer cakes. The flagship location in DC is among several shops located across the US and Canada.
Pastry Chef Christina Tosi
1525 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
4. Tatte Bakery & Cafe
From a film producer to a pastry chef, the Israeli-born founder of Tatte Bakery & Café, Tzurit Or began baking from her home kitchen and soon opened her first café in Brookline, Massachusetts. Today, Tatte Bakery & Café creates a sense of home in 18 different locations in the Greater Boston area and Washington, DC. Tatte specializes in pastry and desserts such as croissants, tarts, whole cakes, and gluten-friendly baked goods, accompanied by delicious coffee. The menu includes different dishes, such as sandwiches, shakshuka, and salads.
Tzurit Or, Founder
1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
5. Sprinkles Georgetown
Sprinkles was the world’s first cupcake bakery when it was opened in 2005 in Beverly Hills by Candace Nelson, a former investment banker. Sprinkles Georgetown is an all-American dessert bakery, offering cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and layer cakes – all fresh-baked with the finest ingredients. The customers’ favorite red velvet is available vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
3015 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
6. Georgetown Cupcake
In 2008, inspired by their grandmother baking, the Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne pursued their dream and opened Georgetown Cupcake in a small house in Washington, DC. By 2020, they have expanded to six locations nationwide. Georgetown Cupcake offers a wide variety of cupcakes, including the classics such as Red Velvet, chocolate birthday, vanilla & chocolate, and seasonal specials such as peanut butter fudge, lemon blossom, and Cherry Cheesecake. There are also delicious gluten-free and vegan options.
Sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne
3301 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007