7 Favorite Women-Owned Businesses on LI

In the last 20 years, female business owners have soared. There were about 11.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States in 2017, according to a report commissioned by American Express. That’s more than double the 5.4 million in 1997. (Go ladies!) And a bunch of great ones are right here on Long Island. In honor of Women’s History Month, I rounded up a list of seven favorite new and old women-owned businesses on Long Island.

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Smallcakes: Cupcakery & Creamery, Patchogue

Smallcakes

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Nicole Ramirez and Kimberly Burkart brought this national cupcake chain to Patchogue in February 2017. The owners, former soccer teammates at Stony Brook University, told Pulse they start baking the goodies every morning at around 6:30am. Think more than a dozen signature flavors like pink vanilla, lemon drop and hot fudge sundae, along with house-made ice cream and beverages—cookie monster milkshake, anyone? Click to go

Paper Doll Vintage Boutique, Sayville, Huntington and Patchogue

Take a trip back to previous decades at Paper Doll Vintage Boutique. Co-owner Dominique Maciejka, who started selling clothes on eBay when she was 14, opened the shop in Sayville in 2012. Attracting customers for its vintage clothing, accessories and retro inspired pinup reproductions, the shop also opened in Huntington in 2016 and Patchogue in 2017. Paper Doll Vintage Boutique is additionally an artistic hub hosting monthly art shows, classes, events and even fashion shows. Click to go

The Baker House, East Hampton

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This award-winning boutique hotel has a long history dating back to the 1600s when it was a tavern, community center, meeting hall and a place for religious services. Fast forward to 1996 when Gary and Rita Reiswig turned it into an elegant and beloved hotel in East Hampton. Thirty years later, they sold it to the current owners, Antonella Bertello-Rosen and husband Bob Rosen, who revamped it with new amenities. There’s now a luxurious spa featuring a swimming pool, steam shower, sauna and smoking jacuzzi tub. The couple has turned the bed-and-breakfast into a charming hotspot. Antonella is heavily involved in day-to-day operations telling Modern Luxury in 2013 that she supervises up to five days a week. Click to go

Optical Heights, Roslyn Heights

Stylish vision is guaranteed at Optical Heights. Founded by Karen Sacco and Dianne Szwed in 1996, the store sells designer eyewear from popular brands, including Dior, Tom Ford and RayBan, while also giving customers the option to create their own frame. Eye exams and contact lens fittings for adults and children are also available. Click to go

North Fork Roasting Co., Southold

North Fork Roasting Co.

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Jennilee Morris and Jess Dunne (both chefs) founded North Fork Roasting Co. in 2015 with a shared love for specialty coffee. The rustic shop, adorned with couches, wooden floors and a fireplace, sells various types of coffees with beans from all over the world. The food is another plus with breakfast and lunch options that include the popular duck egg burrito and monster hash made with sweet potato, sautéed greens, gruyere, a sunny egg and balsamic glaze. Click to go

Gabriel Loren the Salon, Riverhead

After working in the salon industry since 2004, Raquel Dispenziere opened her Riverhead salon in 2014 when she was 28. The salon offers haircuts for men, women and children, as well as blowouts, thermal styling, deep conditioning and updos. (The latter is Dispenziere’s specialty.) Customers rave about the friendly atmosphere and the way the salon colors hair. Keratin treatments and even manicures and pedicures are available. Click to go

Charlie’s Hot Dog Truck, Islip Terrace

Charlie Summa’s beloved hot dog truck operated for about 50 years in Brentwood before shutting down in 2006 due to permit issues. Jeanne Summa-Becvar, the daughter of the disabled WWII veteran who died in 1998, decided to continue the legacy of Charlie’s Hot Dogs. She reopened the truck in Islip Terrace in 2017 and Long Islanders swarmed over on opening day. Click to go

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Anna Halkidis is a web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.