International Women’s Day is March 8, and we are excited to highlight some of the amazing women-led businesses that we support on the shelves of New Pi. Below are just some of the women-led businesses who sell their products through the co-op. Join us in empowering these enterprising individuals!
Kristy Guerra’s skin and hair care line is designed to boost your natural assets with healthy nutrients. Acure products are free of parabens, formaldehyde, sulfates, paraffin, and mineral oils, and are never tested on animals.
Washington native Prairie Rose Hyde and her husband Olowo-n’djo Tchala, from Togo, West Africa, founded Alaffia in 2003. Alaffia makes skin and hair care products that are Fair for Life-certified, and uses a portion of their proceeds to support Empowerment Projects in West Africa.
Dirty Face Creek Farm
Jessica Stutsman uses her background in watershed restoration to care for the organic farm she began with her late husband, Mike. She grows organic herbs and vegetables at Dirty Face Creek Farm with her daughter, Sophie.
Mallory Lefkowitz was a Division I field hockey player at the University of Iowa. She was consistently using protein powders that were developed for the male body building industry and just didn’t work for her and her teammates bodies. After reaching out to elite female athletes across the country, it became clear that these women shared her frustration at the lack of female-specific formulations. She formulated a plant-based, simple superfood powder called FEM Power Restore.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Wendy Zimmermann has been making juices as a healthy and healing treat for over two decades. Now, she and her staff are making the most of Eastern Iowa’s locally-sourced produce serving up customizable smoothies and cold pressed juices. Maintaining a truly farm-to-bottle spirit, they’re committed to staying completely compostable, sustainable, and natural -- and you can taste the difference in every sip.
Bea Dixon, founder of Honey Pot Co., began a natural feminine care line after her own personal struggles. Made with natural herbs and without chemicals, toxins, or artificial fragrances, this line is both refreshing and healing.
Pam Walden is the owner and winemaker at Jezebel (and Willful Wines). She makes her critically acclaimed, fruit-forward wines at Southeast Wine Collective in Portland, Oregon.
Carmen and Carlos Legaspi and their family are behind La Reyna, the brand that is proud to be “Hecho en Iowa” since 1991. They are known for their excellent fresh pico de gallo, guacamole, queso sauce, and more.
When Denise Woodward's daughter was diagnosed with severe food allergies as an infant, the food industry came up short on healthy snacks that were safe to eat and delicious. Frustrated by the lack of options, Denise left her corporate job and set out to make her own. And that’s how Partake was born.
As a Black female CEO & founder, Denise is passionate about raising awareness of Black and female entrepreneurship and increasing opportunity for women and people of color seeking careers in the food industry.
Iowa City, IA
New Pi staffer patti zwick (known for her beautiful quiltz) makes one-of-a-kind watercolor and quiltz-inspired cards by hand. Patti’s eye pillows, filled with organic flax and organic lavender, are also available at the Co-op, where she has worked for over 30 years.
Seed Savers Exchange
Diane Ott Whealy and Kent Whealy founded Seed Savers in 1975 with two sets of family heirloom seeds from the 1870s. Today the organization promotes biodiversity by preserving heirlooms and sharing seeds from more than 20,000 plant varieties.
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Iowa City, Iowa
Katy Meyer, owns and runs the Trumpet Blossom Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Iowa City. She works with a variety of local farmers to supply fresh produce for her recipes. Find vegan wraps and salads in our to-go coolers in Iowa City and Coralville.
Triple Creek Dairy
Long Grove, IA
Brendia Kempf makes award-winning cheeses (in an array of flavors) from the milk of her award-winning goats. Triple Creek takes pride in creating products that can be enjoyed by people who can’t have cow’s milk – and everyone else, too!
Iowa City, IA
Walker Homestead has humble roots that began with five acres and a vision for a little bit of Napa in the Iowa countryside. They now produce 6 varieties of wine on their farm on the west side of Iowa City.
Iowa City, IA
Mary Paoli started producing her own cleaners and laundry detergents after learning more about the chemicals that are often included in them unnecessarily. Whoa Nelli’s all-natural products are made with simple, natural ingredients that clean well and smell great. Added bonus- Whoa Nelli products come glass to help cut down on plastic waste.