York County is lucky to have several women-owned businesses for you to support not only during International Women’s Day, but all year long. These businesses enrich our community and make York a truly wonderful place to visit and live. Check back often as we are always updating this list with new additions.
Sunrise Soap Co. – Since opening in 2005, Sunrise Soap Co. has garnered a cult-like following that stretches beyond York County. What started out as a hobby for owner Chris Clarke has grown into a celebrated York-based company with three brick and mortar locations as well as on the shelves of Whole Foods stores across Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington D.C.
Crostwater Distilled Spirits – Vicki Close first took an interest in distilling after a trip to Virginia in 2011. There, she and her husband did a tasting and tour of a small distillery and joked they would someday distill vodka in honor of her Russian heritage. Seven years later, in 2018, Vicki opened Crostwater Distillery in northern York County. Now she makes some of the best vodka, rum, gin, and whiskey around. Each bottle of vodka tells the story of how her parents came to the U.S. from Russia.
Watchmaker’s Daughter – Karen Reiss Staub not only designs gorgeous jewelry, but she also carries on a family tradition dating back three generations. The original Reiss Jewelers sign from 1945 can still be seen at her location on N. Beaver St. in the city of York.
Keystone Kidspace – Co-founders Jennifer Tansey and Jessica Brubaker have spent many years serving the York community through volunteer work and in their professional lives. They combined their knowledge and love for York to open a premier STEAM-based makers-space for kids to stretch their creativity.
Rail Trail Café – Amy Hessel is the chef and owner of the Rail Trail Café since 2017. Amy hails from Houston and moved to Baltimore in 1998 to pursue a Culinary Arts degree from Baltimore International College. She dreamed of running her own café since her teens; when the opportunity to purchase the New Freedom Rail Trail Café came up, Amy knew without a doubt that this was meant to be! Amy makes everything, including the renowned baked goods, from scratch. There are no shortcuts when it comes to providing customers with a fabulous meal!
Tutoni's – Toni Calderone isn’t just a business owner; she is a one-woman powerhouse. Since opening her first restaurant, Tutoni’s, in 2016, she has created O.N.E. Hospitality Group, which includes 11 food and beverage brands across York and Lancaster counties.
Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast – Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast, located in the WeCo district of York City, is owned and operated by Joanne Wilmore. The gorgeous B&B boasts finely appointed furnishings reflecting diverse travel destinations and cultures including France, Mexico, Asia, Switzerland, and the African Diaspora, all hand-picked by Joanne.
Grace Manor is the only Black-owned and operated Bed and Breakfast in south central PA, one of five in the state, and one of a mere 4% in the nation. Grace Manor is named after Wilmore's maternal grandmother and the photo on her logo that adorns the sign of her business is her maternal great grandmother Ethel.
Candi J. Duda Stained Glass and Garden Art – Candi has been creating stained-glass artwork for nearly twenty years. Her shop has been a Red Lion staple since 2014 and is the perfect place to pick up items for your garden and home or take a fun class.
Symmetry Holistic Collective – Leandra Witchwood has more than 25 years of knowledge and experience with herbs and spiritual self-care. Leandra and her partners are committed to creating a truly holistic experience for those who need healing, who seek balance, and who need peace.
Old Republic Distillery - Denise Mathias has co-owned Old Republic Distillery with her brother, Bill, since 2013. After graduating college with a degree in business, Denise wanted to start a unique business in York County. Bill was always interested in all things craft beverages from wine to beer. Once Pennsylvania made limited distillery licenses available, they saw their opportunity. They were among the first to apply for the license and were the first distillery to open in York County. Nine years later, they are still going strong with locations in West Manchester Town Center and Ephrata, and their bottles on shelves in PA Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across the state.