Here in the Triangle, we are so lucky to be surrounded by hundreds of fabulous local business owners. In honor of International Women’s Day, I wanted to curate a list of the women in the bunch who are leading their industries and involved in our community. I plan to keep this list as a dynamic resource, so check back often to learn more about the female-owned businesses that are making waves in our area.
Click below to learn more about each business within the following categories:
Services (Insurance, Pet, Financial, Gifts, Event Planning, Photography):
Business and Marketing:
Acupuncture Center for Wellness
Location: 515 Keisler Drive, Suite 102 Cary, NC 27518
Meet Dr. Mary Jennings:
“Acupuncture can and does have a place alongside western medicine procedures. I want to help every patient achieve and maintain their good health as naturally as possible. I love utilizing acupuncture by itself or in conjunction with treatment provided by their healthcare team.I have personally embraced a wellness lifestyle – diet, exercise, regular chiropractic care, massage and acupuncture, the use of supplements, digestive enzymes, Chinese Herbs – and have felt the difference and want to share that knowledge with others struggling with their health. I know (personally – or have seen) the effects of not dealing with a problem – health condition in a holistic manner.”
Connect with Doctor Mary Jennings:
Facebook: Acupuncture Center for Wellness, LLC
Metamorphic Massage for Women
Location: 8384 Six Forks Rd #203 in North Raleigh
Meet Linda Zukowski:
“Metamorphic Massage for Women has been around since 2005, and I am proud to be one of the first women in the U.S. to have a massage practice focusing solely on the health and well-being of women! My business specializes in services for the childbearing years, we offer massage for women of all ages and stage of life, and currently are serving women from ages 11-86. I am one of the few therapists in the area providing breast health services. I also offer belly-casting for pregnant women, a service which is not easy to find in the Triangle.
Last year, I founded the North Raleigh Well Nest, a small wellness center, where we are beginning to offer classes and workshops. In the lobby, you will find the artwork of different women from the Triangle area on display, with 100% of sales going directly to the artists. Our small retail area is also full of products made by local women!”
Connect with Metamorphic Massage for Women:
Amanda Hagood, State Farm
Location: NW Raleigh, right off the 70/Millbrook / Duraleigh intersection
“My team and I aren’t the typical run of the mill insurance agents, we think of ourselves as risk advisors. We are a little different as we help people manage their everyday risks. We offer just about every type of insurance or know of someone who can, with a focus on home/renters/auto, life insurance, paycheck/income protection, cash for hospital visits and business insurance. I personally experienced a total loss / serious injury in 2006 which changed my life from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. From this experience I made lemonade out of lemons, and opened my doors in 2013, making it a personal mission to have the right kind of conversations with people called “Your World”, which is a blueprint of them and their needs, not what a company thinks they are. From this I have been able to make sure that when people have a life event like I did that changed my life, they aren’t impacted to the depths of which I was financially and emotionally. I never want anyone to go through what I did, and have a team equally passionate about this mission.”
Connect with Amanda’s team:
Live Joy Your Way
Location: Cary but can work with anyone virtually through Zoom or the phone as well.
“I am a personal success facilitator for teen girls and women. I work them to overcome the codependency on the need to please, on external validation and to be everything for everyone else and instead learn to be confident in their own abilities to manage life’s ups and downs, confident in the decisions and above all be in a place where they can live their authentic self and reach their ultimate goals and desires.”
Connect with Kamini at Live Joy Your Way:
Aleena Azhar: Being Basic
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with a community starting to grow and expand to other states!
“My company Being Basic is building a community of creators that can provide branding, social media, design, photography content creation, website design, videography and much more. We make custom packages depending on business needs and their budget.”
Connect with Being Basic:
Rock the TAZbah Photography Tammy Zukoski:
Location: Zebulon, will travel about to 30 miles from my zip code without charging an extra fee.
“I am owner/founder & photographer for Rock the TAZbah Photography. I specialize in Christening, Baptismal, Events, Landscape, Pet, Candid, Vehicles, Relaxed Portraits (Photojournalist), & Products/Branding. B/W or Color prints are available. I do not have a studio, so I do photo sessions outdoor or indoor on location. I love using natural lighting whenever I can. Since I do not have a studio I am a mobile photographer.
What makes me different then most photographers is I love to have fun with my sessions. There is no dull moment when having a session with me.”
Connect with Tammy:
I am a Fertility Educator and Birth Doula based out of Wake Forest. I provide in-person and online classes for women and couples wanting to learn more about fertility. With my assistance, my clients use this information to optimize their chances of conceiving, or to avoid pregnancy. I am privileged to be a part of SymptoPro, an NFP organization with over 40 years of research behind it and a documented 90-99% efficacy rate for avoiding pregnancy. As a birth doula, I take the education one step further and walk with expectant parents throughout their pregnancy, birth, and early postpartum time providing evidence based information, physical assistance during labor and delivery, encouragement and emotional support, as well as practical help in the early postpartum time.
As a North Carolina native, I have deep ties to the local community and health practitioners allowing me to provide comprehensive care to my clients and network with other professionals, including OBGYNs, midwives, chiropractors, nutritionists, etc.
My favorite thing to work with a couple from pre-conception counseling, through pregnancy and birth, and on into the postpartum phase providing all the information they need to make educated decisions on what is best for their family, their birth, their child. I do not push any agenda. Doulas are not only for women who want a natural, drug free birth at home. My clients are a diverse group with a myriad of reproductive experiences, goals, and outcomes. Personally, three of my four children were born via cesarean so I am well equipped to support clients during a surgical birth as well as unmedicated, “natural” births.
Connect with Tara:
Location: Off Six Forks and Sawmill Rd. in the Peachtree Plaza
Meet Christina: “I own Pinup Studio a Hair, Lash and Brow Salon. I also won WRAL’s top Salon for the year! I have been in business for almost four years, started out in a private studio and each year up graded to a bigger space with aspirations to eventually own a fully staffed salon. Pinup is known for top quality customer service, customized lash extensions, and specializing in Brazilian Blowouts, blondes and Balayage! We are a shabby chic salon with a warm and inviting atmosphere for all to come in and be themselves. I also am a Raleigh native, and my salon is actually 5 minutes from the neighborhood I grew up in. I’m ready to be Raleigh’s go-to hometown salon!”
Connect with Christina:
online booking www.vagaro.com/pinupstudio
Elizabeth Skibbe- Acorn Accounting
Location: Cary, NC but supports businesses both locally and remotely
“Acorn Accounting supports small businesses with bookkeeping, accounting, and financial analysis. We partner with local CPA’s for tax preparation.
I have an MBA and my experience is in corporate finance supporting groups as large as $42M with everything from capital expenditures, sales projections, pricing & costing, project accounting, and everything in between for budgeting and forecasting; this background has equipped me to understand a variety of industries and businesses. I STRONGLY believe that the tools and accounting support a small business has in place should decrease accounting stress, be easy to maintain, and provide insight.”
Connect with Acorn Accounting:
Morgan Goegette- Raleigh Media Co.
“I create videos for businesses to grow their visibility and ultimately their leads online. More specifically, I create promotional videos for businesses to use with ads, on their website, and on social media, and videos often consist of product launches, interviews, events, and kick starter campaigns.
My key differentiators are that I craft client videos with marketing and strategy in mind. It is incredibly important to consider a client’s business goals when creating a video to ensure that we can help them to meet their goals. My high video quality, quick turnaround and focus on customer service are also what sets me apart from others within the video creation industry.”
Connect with Raleigh Media Co.:
Sofya Gehkt Two Engravers
Location: West Raleigh and Cary
Meet Sofya: “We are a small engraving business that has just started out. We offer rotary/cnc and laser engraving for a variety of applications and pride ourselves in using a wide range of tools, materials, and techniques that help us produce outstanding, original pieces. We take custom orders as well as sell pre-made items. A high quality product and happy customer experience are the two most essential goals we pursue.”
Christine Walorz- Life Insurance
Location: Holly Springs however but will travel to her clients. She covers Wake County and all the surrounding counties and will serve as far south as Charlotte and as far east as Wilmington.
“I am an Independent Life Insurance Agent who specializes in 2 major areas: Mortgage Protection Life Insurance with Living Benefits for homeowners and Final Expense coverage for Seniors.
I have access to over a dozen different companies which allows me to find my clients the best coverage to meet their needs, within their budget and provide them with peace of mind!
I work within my client’s budget and believe that sometimes we can not afford all the life insurance we actually NEED, but I will still help you get what you can AFFORD. “
Connect with Christine:
Elizabeth Vest- Elizabeth’s Events
Location: Based in Raleigh but serves all of NC
“Elizabeths Events is an event planning company based in Raleigh NC who specializes in southern, classic affairs. With a focus on making each wedding unique and respecting traditions, Elizabeths Events creates memorable and heartfelt moments. We also event manage The Cannon Room in Raleigh which is a beautiful southern, historic venue that aligns really well with our own brand ideals and values.
Unlike many event companies who claim to do “all kinds of events”, we take pride in niching down to the kind of southern weddings that marry tradition and modern ideas with a focus on the emotions they evoke for both client and guest.”
Connect with Elizabeth: @elizabethsevents and @cannonroomraleigh
Sherrill Jacobson Paws Pet Concierge
Location: 4222 NW Cary Parkway, Cary, NC 27513, but also offer pet taxi and home visits in Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Raleigh, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina and Willow Springs.
We are a kennel free boarding and daycare. We offer grooming and in-home pet care along with pet taxi. We offer in-home pet care including overnights in client homes and we customize all in-home care to accommodate each pet.
We have great rates and provide updates to our clients along with photos and videos of their pets while in our care.”
Connect with Paws Pet Concierge:
Intangible Eyes, Tandrel Lennon
“I’m a certified eyelash technician. My drive, passion, and ambition sets me apart from others in my industry. I enjoy what I do, and I love seeing the look on my clients faces after a fresh set of lash extensions. It makes me happy to make my clients happy.”
Connect with Intangible Eyes: