Women running the business.
The women in your life should be celebrated every day of the year, but as Monday, 8 March is International Women’s Day we put the call out on Instagram for you, our readers, to suggest, nominate, and give a shout-out to women-led businesses in Melbourne that we can follow, support and celebrate. (Featured image: @cowomen)
So whether you’re looking for a workout to get you into better shape, an awesome picnic for two or a gift for someone special, these Melbourne businesses run or owned by women can and will sort you out.
1. NOAH Rooftop Training
NOAH Training began as a bushfire fundraiser last year with Workout For Wildlife, but since then NOAH Training has grown and grown and grown. It now does group classes on a Richmond rooftop for strength, Pilates, HIIT and yoga every day of the week (except Sundays) as well as online and PT classes with founder Alice.
But back to the rooftop because we love rooftops and although we’d normally be thinking of cocktails and sunsets, we think that working out on a roof is taking your next gym sesh to new heights, literally. Just check out those early morning views to inspire you further.
For more info, see here.
2. Epicurean Tours
Epicurean Food and Wine Tours takes all the hard work and hassle out of organising a trip to Victoria’s winemaking regions so you can take it easy and go along for the ride to enjoy premium wines, cheese, chocolates and gins. At Epicurean Tours, they think that time should be well spent which is why they have curated a number of small group tours like the Yarra Valley Luxury Tour which sees guests be chauffeured to De Bortoli Estate for a cheese and wine pairing as well as a two-course lunch.
For more info on Epicurean Tours, see here.
3. Ethic Models
The fashion industry, like many others, is no great friend of the environment but the tide is slowly changing and Ethic Models is at the forefront helping other businesses ”make more sustainable choices” and raise awareness. Born out of Melbourne’s looooooong lockdown, Ethic Models is all about ethically-focused brands and models (all of which are either vegan or plant-based eaters) and a future that is more eco-friendly, cruelty-free and fair trade.
For more info on Ethic Models, see here.
4. Bellatopia Picnics
Bellatopia is a startup that has begun providing unique picnic experiences for Melburnians across the city. Bellatopia’s latest picnic theme, Regal Rendezvous, is inspired by the popular Netflix original series Bridgerton and sees guests graze on a mix of sweet and savoury platters, pair wine and cheese and enjoy time spent with their friends and partners in gorgeous locations that have been meticulously scouted by their team.
For more info on Bellatopia, see here.
5. The Melbourne Map
The Melbourne Map is not anything new with the iconic hand-drawn map of Melbourne first produced back in the 90s. However, since then many things have changed and in recent years, Melinda Clarke is back with a new team and the Melbourne Map has been reborn for a new generation.
For all Melburnians or those that have fallen in love with our city, the map can be purchased in colour or black and white, as a jigsaw puzzle and postcards too. You can even get your hands on the vintage Melbourne Map but they are limited edition.
See more about the Melbourne Map here.
Pellekare (pronounced Pel-care), founded in March 2020 by three women, is a gender-neutral, homemade skincare brand made from 100% natural and Australian sourced ingredients that wants you to fall back in love with your skin no matter who you are.
For more on Pellekare, see here.
Burn it with style is one of Kedis’ mottos and style is one thing that Kedis is not lacking. Founded by Antonette Golikidis and Patti Mikedis, two women who have extensive experience with the sense of smell having worked across cosmetics and fine wines, Kedis offers a journey and a sensory escape from the pressures of modern life.
For more on Kedis and to view their range of exquisite candles, see here.