Women's Empowerment Marketplace
My name is Liza Rivera and I am Salvadorian American. For the last ten years, I have dedicated myself to the nonprofit sector, primarily in supporting low-income women, regardless of their legal status, to start their own businesses. As well as a variety of other social justice efforts. Shop Bajo la Luna (Under the Moon) is a celebration of Latinx culture and women empowerment. You will find items from different parts of Latin America, my handmade creations, and Craft and Sip Workshops. Follow me on Instagram @ShopBajolaLuna for shop updates and new product launches.
Belle's Nest makes small-batch goods that evoke feelings of timelessness and beauty.
It is a pleasure and joy for me to be involved in such a special event that will help those in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing.
In addition to supporting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, it is wonderful to join other businesswomen and makers who feel just like I do!
In addition to supporting Habitat LA, using code PWPT21 at check out will give you 5% off your order!
In 2013, I set out on a journey of self-fulfillment. I was determined to tread this earth with grace, so I kicked off the shackles of desk-job-accountant and began a gourmet store in Pasadena called The Bea’s Knees. We brought in Beyond The Olive a year later and eventually bought the brand.
We won Best of Pasadena – Gourmet Food Store as well as Best Grilled Cheese. We even hosted a stage and BBQ for Make Music Pasadena. I watched the magic on customer’s faces when they tasted truly remarkable olive oils or were delighted with a cheese and chocolate pairing. I started finding my own farmers and like a winemaker, I began my own proprietary blends – winning gold medals in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. I began hand blending our balsamic vinegars with fruit from California. I joined the California Olive Oil Council and make sure our extra virgin olive oils are certified by them each year.
Dissatisfied with the olive dips we were selling, I brought production of these items in-house and procured California olives and real extra virgin olive oil for our tapenade.
I love what I do and I don’t pay attention to the time. (That’s only a problem when I fall asleep at the laptop and your email reads “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”.) When I have a break – I travel, hike, ski, garden. I am the mother of extraordinary girls. I’ve taught yoga in our county jails. I volunteer teaching art and art history to children in the local schools and look forward to returning to a museum when we can safely.
As a lifelong book lover, I created a 'mobile book business' back in 2004 to bring good, quality, curated books with more female authors featured than routinely presented, to the greater public, beyond the traditional brick and mortar book stores of my upbringing. We designed, built, and implemented a way to 'show' about a thousand books at a time to be used at pop-ups, art shows, school events, and any place that was looking to feature books. As a female-owned and operated business, we have grown into operating independently, successfully, and now broadening our scope to provide first-hand business knowledge to other small enterprises, particularly women and BIPOC communities. While we continue to bring books to the people, now online more than ever as we navigate this 'different' business model, our number one goal has always been to connect to people, and people to books. Our business blossomed in Los Angeles, particularly in the thriving arts area of downtown, and as we look for more ways to give back to the community, the chance to help Habitat LA in any way, particularly at this time as people struggle through these trying times, is a great honor. We will always be booksellers, but our commitment to female empowerment through community service is our lifelong endeavor.
At CANDLESSENTIALS we strive to evoke joyful moments and happy memories; arousing feelings of being in an amazing time and place, a world of no worries and delightful experiences.
All CANDLESSENTIALS candles are handmade with love in the heart of Los Angeles, California without the use of animal products or additives. We use coconut wax in combination with high-quality fragrances infused with essential oils. A conscious effort is placed on the design elements and creation of each candle, ultimately delivering an eco-friendly enjoyable product.
When creating the line, owner Tashah Johnson was inspired by the thought of spreading light into the lives of others. Coupled with her love of the idea of filling a space with delightful scents, Candlessentials was born.
I'm Chrissy, an artist and the maker behind Casual Magic - a line of small-batch, handmade home goods and accessories. Based in Long Beach, CA, I'm originally from the East Coast, and draw inspiration from my favorite places on both coasts, in addition to my favorite destinations abroad. My line embraces simplicity at its core, with the aim to bring beauty and joy to your casa. Creating a safe and happy "HOME" has taken on renewed significance over the last year and I'm honored to align with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) for this special event - I've been a supporter of their mission for many years, even building houses in NJ as a kid.
Cr8tive Genes is a jewelry line unlike any other. Our purpose is to empower others and uplift, shift our state of awareness to a mere positive state. Through wearing amulets that each have a unique design. Crystal and stones from the earth are used and everything is made with intention and compassion from the heart!
Hellena Jones Elbling is a self-taught artist residing in Venice Beach, CA. Her life-changing journey into the arts came through her study and certification as a life coach. There she learned that things do not have to be perfect – they just have to be. This philosophy allowed her to create a distinctive style in which flow, color and playfulness work in perfect harmony.
In her studio, she applies chromatic and achromatic colors of alcohol inks and resins to porcelain trays, ceramic coasters and wood serving boards, transforming them into wonderful home décor and one-of-a-kind works of art. Her aesthetic is minimalist, celebrating negative space and an understanding that art needs room to breathe so it can be best appreciated. Her abstract art has become popular because every viewer can delight in the images they discover. As the artist explains, “I create art that allows people to see through their imagination.”
Hellena applies the same principles to her jewelry line. As a designer who celebrates being different, semi-precious stones with an interesting cut and shape appeal to her most. They remind her that people, like the stones, have qualities that make them unique. Using sterling silver, 14K GF or copper, she creates the perfect. Like her abstract art, negative space becomes part of the design in her artisan collection, allowing the stone and metal to shine.
A husband and wife duo who started our business wanting to make pretty things for our daughter. Our business is named after her “Emma” spelled backward “Amme” but pronounced “aim.” Partial proceeds go towards feeding deaf children in Thailand as well as sex trafficking victims.
A little note about E+S:
Embroidery + Sage creates modern DIY embroidery kits and digital patterns, in sunny Los Angeles. With vibrant colors and textured stitches, nature and urban designs come to life with needle and thread. Each kit includes beginner-friendly instructions and everything needed to complete a project from start to finish. Through our kits, we hope to encourage others to learn new stitches and experience what generations of embroiderers have long known—how deeply rewarding it can be to create art with your own hands.
A little note from Alexis:
As a former Girl Scout and Peace Corps Volunteer, I am excited to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles to help families achieve homeownership and build a strong foundation for their future. Thank you for supporting the LA community and happy stitching!
Established in 2018, INO Vintage is a Los Angeles-based small business offering a thoughtfully curated selection of modern and minimal vintage clothing, jewelry, shoes, purses, and accessories in classic silhouettes.
Born and raised in LA, I grew up scouring thrift stores, vintage shops, and estate sales, and starting this company was a lifelong aspiration. While an appreciation for design and individuality sparked my initial interest in vintage, I am also drawn to the sustainable attributes and utilize eco-friendly packaging and materials as an added step toward supporting the environment.
Shop online March 13th - 14th with code GIVEBACK-15HZ in your cart or at checkout on kendrascott.com, and 20% of your purchase will benefit Habitat LA.
Kendra Scott is a leading fashion accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott. With over 2,000 employees, Kendra Scott has over 100 standalone stores across the US and is sold in premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, and 600 specialty boutiques worldwide and boasts a thriving web business. Kendra Scott is best known for its kaleidoscope of fashion jewelry accessories as well as the customizable Color Bar™ experience, and in recent years has expanded into the categories of fine jewelry, sterling silver, home décor, and beauty. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of "Family, Fashion, Philanthropy" and since 2010, the company has given back over $30 million to local, national, and international causes.
LB Love Organics is a consciously created organic skincare company, handmade in California. Headed by founder + formulator Meredith, we believe in the simple, healing power of Nature- the fewer ingredients the better. Because of this, we use all organic natural oils + butters, and our beeswax is sourced from a local beekeeper. Our product line of deodorants, lip care, body butter + baby care are scented with essential oils only and contain no artificial fragrances, colors, preservatives, or synthetic chemicals. Organic skincare should be straightforward, simple, and for Every Body.
Hello friends! My name is Lauren but most people call me LaLa and I am a self-taught calligrapher and muralist.
Letters x LaLa was born in the middle of the pandemic. Feeling a little lost as I navigated through online school and transitioning my career into health care - I once again found comfort in doodling and teaching myself calligraphy. I had no idea my little habit as a kid would turn into its own business but here, we are and I am loving every second of it.
Some quick fun facts about me: I love to run. I am a big fan of waking up way too early to run an absurd amount of miles in the mountains...for "fun". Dessert is my favorite meal of the day, give me ice cream all day every day. My guilty pleasures are diet coke and quoting The Real Housewives taglines by heart. I have a nephew; he is two and I can safely say I am 100% his favorite person (if I have the right snacks).
Thanks for stopping by Letters x LaLa!
Lola Ade (pronounced “Law-lah Add-A”) is a jewelry line based in Los Angeles infused with color and culture. Since 2010, Lola has been making and curating a mix of minimalistic and statement jewelry pieces inspired by her Nigerian heritage and travels.
Andrea might have started her career in publicity and advertising for an indie punk label - but what really makes her badass was when she took the leap to pursue her love for all things CLAY. With a BFA in Ceramics from CSULB in one hand and a love for combining modern and vintage aesthetics in another, Andrea produces all sorts of ceramics pieces from ring dishes, to jewelry trays, to planters and cups & plates.
Madame Lemy is an all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, limited ingredient beauty brand specializing in chemical and aluminum-free deodorants. The unique three-in-one powder formula can be used as dry shampoo, body powder, and deodorant.
Made for Queens, LLC was envisioned and established to cater to women from ALL backgrounds who aspire to add that touch of culture and style to their daily outfits whether casually or professionally. It is made for the woman who wants to flaunt African prints with poise and femininity. All of our Ankara print pieces are handmade and sourced from Lagos, Nigeria (located in West Africa) by a group of women who have a great eye for quality materials and vibrant colors.
The Founder and Creative Director behind the Brand is Nigerian born Osato Oshodin, a Civil Service Professional turned Entrepreneur. She has always had a passion for the evolution of African styles and trends coming out of West Africa. Her love for the versatility of Ankara inspired her to showcase the vibrant material through accessories that are worn on a daily basis. The idea to spread this knowledge originated during her many trips to Nigeria when she saw how many people wore Ankara print with such confidence and pride.
Stacy Lee, Professional Organizer & Certified KonMari Consultant, founded Minimalee to help people design and unlock their dream life by organizing their homes and workspaces for more joy. Stacy’s organizational philosophy is inspired by the KonMari Method®. With a love for productivity design and creating structured systems, organizing is a passion and great joy for Stacy. Depending on your needs, Stacy handles organizing projects, offers hands-on support, and provides personalized coaching to help you with decluttering and organizing. Stacy is a graduate of USC and when not tidying (and it’s not the pandemic), enjoys live entertainment, exploring the newest restaurant or museum exhibit, and traveling to places near and far.
Moody Girl Candles is a Long Beach, CA-based company. The line is hand-poured in small batches using natural, clean-burning coconut wax, phthalate-free fragrances, and essential oils. Each candle is distinctly made with love behind every pour, all while keeping health, wellness, and your overall Moody Girl experience in mind.
Use code "HUMANITY10" at check out.
Neha Assar is a local henna artist who has been adorning brides for South Asian weddings across the nation with bespoke ornate mehndi and body art since 1994. She is now opening doors to many opportunities that are leading to creative collaborations and groundbreaking projects. Her mehndi art is now being translated into dimensional wall art, apparel, and glassware that encompasses the traditional art form and significant elements of Indian culture. The concepts used are original and the designs are expertly applied freehand. Neha Assar has become a celebrated and much sought-after figure in the industry. Her artwork has been recognized via various media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, DuJour Magazine, and South Asian Bride Magazine to name a few. Neha Assar’s artwork has also been exhibited at LA Fashion Week, The Oscar Awards, The Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and The Grammy Awards. Her list of celebrity clients is ever-growing, already consisting of such names as Kylie Jenner, Drake, G-Eazy, Shaunie O'Neal & family, The Pussy Cat Dolls, Jessica White, Nazanin Mandi, and Asa Soltan. Neha Assar’s invaluable experience and eclectic aesthetic for producing flawless custom designs are sure to leave her clients speechless!
No Fear of Flying is a fashion brand out of Long Beach, CA, that specializes in limited edition and one-of-a-kind pieces of clothing and accessories.
Everything is designed by Eva Estrada (owner), who also happens to be a longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity. Eva has shopped with both Torrance and Bellflower stores for years and also, while in High School, helped build a home in East Long Beach for a local family in need. Everything is designed and made locally here in Southern California, as NFF is proudly made in the USA. As a company, we are highly inspired by all of natures wonders, whether it be animals, flowers or sunsets, and equally influenced by California's classic street style. All products are made with premium fabrics and notions. Every piece is designed to meet an effortless, laid back, California aesthetic but with a sophisticated, luxury brand feel. NFF is proudly taking casual to new heights.
One Delightful Cookie and Habitat LA go back a long way. Audrey served them on her vintage furniture store’s coffee bar. She is affectionately known as ‘Cookie lady!’ at the Bellflower and Torrance store, where she delights the Habitat LA staff with cookies on her trips to source furniture pieces to repurpose for her shop. Audrey is currently a realtor who directs her DIYer clients to Habitat LA for do-good building materials that are also a fraction of the cost. She bakes for fundraisers and her favorite cookie monsters.
Newlywed, born and raised in Los Angeles. Have been designing and making jewelry for about 17 years now. Started my company Panache 15 years ago after I graduated college with a major in Art with an emphasis in jewelry design from Cal State Long Beach. I have my website but my favorite is traveling around L.A. and doing pop-up markets and events. Getting to meet my customers, chat and see them try on pieces, and hearing what they love. In 2020 I expanded my business to selling crystals and gemstones on a larger scale for home decor, meditation, or self-healing. Crystals hold so much power and beauty.
Plant Scouts is a plant-inspired gift and decor creator located in beautiful Southern California. We focus on creating unique designs that withstand the test of time.
👅 🐶 ❤️I’m so excited to present to you designer inspired clothing and accessories for your furry family members. My goal is to put a smile on your face while upgrading your pet's wardrobe to match the love we have in our hearts for them. Ms. Prawda Jewel is a Biewer Terrier, and she is a perfect little angel. Prawda has brought so much light and love into my life, I’m inspired to fuse my long desire to own a boutique with my new inspiration Prawda. We will carry top designer names such as Coco Chewnel, Furberry, Pawlenciaga, Chewy Vuitton, Pucci, and my new exclusive line “Prawda!” So excited to share Prawda and all her fashion favorites with you all. This will be so much more than just a Pet Boutique, this will be a real experience for our beloved pets as well as us, as their human caretakers. Thank you in advance for your support! Kisses and Licks
Quinn and Ivy are sisters who love crafting! We create custom calligraphy signs, wood splices, macrame, and so much more. Quinn and Ivy launched in June 2020 and has grown quickly! You can find us on Etsy, Instagram, and at local pop up shops.
Created by Liz Townsend, Sand + Sky is a coastal lifestyle jewelry brand, handmade in Santa Monica, CA. We are happy to support Habitat LA because every human should be able to have access to a safe and affordable home.
Soup Queens' is ready to bring nostalgia to your home by modernizing mom's traditional herbal soup recipes into ready-to-make pouches. This is a female-owned business inspired by female role models. The goal is for Asian Americans to preserve and love their culture and for non-Asians to learn about the gentle nourishing tonics of herbal remedies.
Venus Body Sculpting is a non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery. We specialize in fat reduction, cellulite treatment, skin tightening, lymphatic drainage, and post-op care. Each treatment is non-invasive, with no incision, no pain, and no downtime needed for recovery. We help our customers achieve their body goals in order to gain confidence and feel good about themselves.
Use code PWPT21 when booking your services!
The Willow Field is an online blog/shop for eco-friendly mama Cait to share the things she loves - handcrafted apothecary she makes herself, educational books, ethical and sustainable fashion through Sseko Designs, and more!
Whiffs on Wheels aims to spread positive mood enhancement by way of their mobile, eco-friendly aromatherapy experiences! They provide their customer-friends with a chic and upscale candle-shopping experience, minus the expensive prices. Whiffs on Wheels is dedicated to their business mantra - “We don’t just make candles, we create experiences!”