As Women's History Month marches to a close and we look forward, it’s important to keep the stories of the women who make Connecticut wonderful in mind. There are so many incredible female-owned and/or operated businesses across the state— here are a few highlights!Reboot Eco
131 River Road, Middletown.
The Reboot Eco origin story is one of a true trailblazer. When Yasemin Ugurlu couldn’t find a sustainable shop that was affordable and accessible to her needs and those of the central Connecticut community, she decided to create the brand of her dreams. An environmental entrepreneur, Ugurlu created her zero waste and refill shops to offer alternatives to inspire eco-conscious change at any level. The Reboot Eco refill stations offer bulk alternatives for typical household cleaning products, and the shops are stocked with low-waste alternatives to help the average person integrate sustainability into their lifestyle. Visit Yasemin in either of her locations in Chester or Middletown.Leslie K LLC Hair Salon
247 S Broad St, Meriden.
Leslie Kogut graduated from H.C. Wilcox Technical High School’s Hairdressing and Cosmetology program and hit the ground running in pursuing her passion. She opened Leslie K Hair and Nail Salon to operate as a family-friendly space that offers various beauty services to the greater Connecticut community. The all-female staff has undergone rigorous training and certification in order to provide customers with the best service possible. A Meriden gem for over 15 years, the Leskie K team has earned themselves a name through their expansive services, friendly staff, and philanthropic commitment to bettering the community they serve. Tailoring Plus
100 Elm St, Cheshire.
When Silvana Pannone had a fresh start after immigrating to the United States from Italy, she knew her tailoring skills could pave the way to her success. Now after launching her own business, Tailoring Plus, over 25 years ago, Pannone has become a Cheshire staple. Known as a dedicated, hard-working tailor and storyteller, the central Connecticut community can always count on Tailoring Plus to provide seamless (pun intended) alterations for any occasion.Dawg House Bar & Grill
999 Broad St, Meriden.
For folks looking for a friendly local watering hole with great food and great company, The Dawg House has become the place to go. Opened by mother-daughter team Louise and Bianca Jacques in 2017, The Dawg House Bar & Grill aims to pay homage to the best parts of the bar’s past while also adding their own personal flair. Once known as “Quality Time” under different ownership, the bar and restaurant was rebranded and reopened with a goal of keeping the spirit of the space alive while also making things interesting as they learn and adapt to the challenges and joys they face every day. To catch a game in HD, enjoy a unique draft, or make new friends, head on down to The Dawg House.
Behind every business lives a story. Behind every women-owned business is the story of a person who was brave enough to start something and never look back despite doubt and uncertainty. When you support a women-owned business, you support a dreamer’s dream so get out there and show some love to Connecticut’s great female leaders ASAP.
Francesca Fontánez is a Meriden-based journalist, educator, and creative. Email Francesca at email@example.com with tips on what you want to read about next, or just to say hi!