8 Favorite Women-Owned Long Island Businesses

During Women’s History Month, we often honor historic and famous ladies—Susan B. Anthony, Oprah, Amelia Earhart. But in our own communities today, women continue to push forward and make local and national names for themselves through businesses. In honor of Women’s History Month, I rounded up some popular women-owned Long Island businesses.

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South Shore Vintage, Patchogue

Patchogue Village may be emerging as a dinner destination, but it has also racked up some serious style points. The shop, opened by Elizabeth Plotz in November, stocks an eclectic mix of home furnishings and decor. Think nautical wooden signs and paintings, bohemian rugs and couches that look like they’ve been plucked out of the Victorian era (but are cozier than anything you’d find at IKEA). Go

Designer Exchange, Syosset

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Someone’s decade-old Chanel is another person’s new treasure at this consignment shop. Owner Shari Berg is legendary for her ability to spot a fake from a mile away and loves helping customers jazz up old purses with other accessories like scarves and tassels. Go

Naturally Beau, Huntington

A personal struggle inspired Kimberly Bastible, MS, PRA-C CPCP, FAAM to go into cosmetic tattooing. Bastible was in a roller blading accident at 28 and a doctor suggested having her lips tattooed to help hide some of the accident and surgical scars. She did—and today she helps others rebuild their body images at her Huntington studio. Go

SmallCakes, Patchogue

image: facebook.com/smallcakespatchogue

image: facebook.com/smallcakespatchogue

Some of the best things in life come in small batches. Long Island natives Nicole Ramirez and Kimberly Burkart made a trip Patchogue Village even more of a treat when they opened SmallCakes in February. The sweet shop, which has 100 franchise locations across the world, bakes cupcakes on-site daily and even makes cupcake-infused ice cream. Customers are already known to leave happy, but for those who come in down-in-the-dumps—there’s a bright pink wall with the words “maybe a cupcake will help” painted on.  A moist, red velvet one should do the trick. Go

Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, Westbury

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“My greatest joy is finding the perfect anniversary, birthday or surprise gift for a client to give to their special person,” said Esther Fortunoff of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry

The Fortunoff name is as timeless as a pearl necklace. And after the family’s decades-old retail business closed in 2009, Fortunoff was set on keeping the legacy alive. After launching FortunoffJewelry.com in 2010, customers clamored for a brick-and-mortar shop where they could use her advice, which comes from years in the industry, to find their perfect pieces. And though she stocks plenty of silver and gold, expect to unearth gorgeous stones like pink and purple sapphires—Fortunoff loves color. Go

Olga Lucia Permanent Cosmetics, Manhasset

Olga Lucia has been around drawing her whole life—her father was an architect and she adored painting as a child. But Lucia’s biggest dream was to work in health care. She ended up getting the best of both worlds with permanent cosmetics. At her Gold Coast studio, she uses permanent make-up to enhance or draw on eyebrows, cover scars and performs nipple areola regimentation. Many of her clients are cancer patients, who say her work runs more than skin deep—it gives them a second chance to feel aliveGo

Optical Heights, Roslyn Heights

Owners Dianne Szwed and Karen Sacco, who opened this North Shore eyecare center in 1996, are often lauded for their warm and inviting attitudes. But they don’t skimp on style. People can find the latest designs from top eyewear brands like Ray-Ban, Oakley, Roberto Cavalli and Tom Ford. Go

Blum’s, Patchogue

Blum's boasts perfect gifts for friends heading to warmer waters image: facebook.com/blumsli

Blum’s boasts perfect gifts for friends heading to warmer waters image: facebook.com/blumsli

Warmer temps mean swimsuit season is around the corner, but those who have yet to sweat off those holiday cookies need not start panicking. This intimate swimsuit shop owned by Cherie Alleyne stocks tummy-controlled one-pieces and tankinis. Customers also love the lacy tunics and cover-ups that make going from beachside lounging to dockside cocktails a sea breeze. Go

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