Small Business Passport Supports 14 Women-Owned Memphis Shops

The Small Business Passport includes discounts for each shop and a map to encourage Memphians to shop local and women-owned.

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re in need of gift ideas or just everyday needs, you can easily refer to the new Small Business Passport. Keep reading to see what discount each store will offer!

women-owned passport title graphic for passport
Passports can be picked up at any participating shop

Fourteen area shop owners have come together to help raise awareness about their businesses and to support the growth of women-owned businesses in the city through this passport initiative.

Each business is offering a special deal when shoppers with the passport make a purchase from now through December 31, 2023. Passports can be picked up at any participating shop. Shoppers collect a passport at one of the participating shops and get it stamped at every store they visit. 

The idea originated with Whitney Winkler, artist and shopkeeper at Whitney Winkler Art in the Broad Ave. Arts District, after a quiet day in her store.

"I just remember having a hard day, and thinking, 'Surely I am not alone in both the highs and lows I feel as a brick and mortar entrepreneur.” She added, "It felt vulnerable to reach out at first, but after our first meeting, I knew we all were going to be so much better together."

passport graphic showing map of women-owned shops in Memphis

The passport was designed by sisters and owners of ARCHd in downtown, Kristen and Lindsey.

“What excites us most about this partnership is the potential to grow our business right here in our hometown with our fellow women-owned businesses,” they said. “Imagine if we all got 5 new customers from each of our fellow shops. That’s 65 new customers for each of us! Being downtown, we get a lot of tourists coming through asking for recommendations. Now we will have a tangible way to provide that to them in the way of the women-owned passport, all while supporting our fellow women-owned businesses.”

There are so many great shops from Downtown to East Memphis participating in this passport – many that we have featured here on the blog too thanks to our wonderful shop local contributor Kim Thomas. We’ll link to all of our blogs so you can learn more about each and see how beautifully done they all are.

We’re big fans of women supporting women so we love to see the small business community come together in this way.

“This is the beginning of business sisterhood, where we are choosing support for one another instead of competing against one another,” Grace Byeitima, owner of Mbabazi House of Style, on Broad Avenue said.

Don’t miss out on all the Memphis goodness!

Participating Shops and Deals:

Free 8x10 art print with $20 purchase
Our blog about ARCHd in the Open on Main initiative 

Avenue Wrapping
Buy one greeting card, get one free
Our blog on Avenue Wrapping

Blue Suede Vintage
Free earrings with $20 purchase

Boshi Botanicals
Free bath bomb with $20 purchase

Cooper-Young Gallery + Gift Shop
10$ off purchase + chance to win a $200 gift basket

Everbloom Design
Free Everbloom candle with $30 purchase
Our blog on Everbloom Design

Five in One Social Club
Free gift with every purchase

Golden Hour
Free Golder Hour tote with $50 purchase
Our blog on Golden Hour

Mbabazi House of Style
Free earrings with $40 purchase
Our blog on Mbabazi House of Style

Paradox at PeCo
Free Paradox canvas tote with $50 purchase
Our blog on Paradox at PeCo

Penn Home & Design Co.
Free Wax Melt with purchase of any candle
Our blog on Penn Home & Design Co.

Shop Mucho (inside PRIMAS)
Free 6x9 Memphis Loteria Tiles print + 15% off purchase
Our blog on Shop Mucho/PRIMAS

Snapdragon Floral
15% off your in-store purchase

Whitney Winkler Art Studio & Shop
Free 8x10 or 11x14 art print with $20 purchase

About the Author

Hello! I'm Jalyn Souchek, the Director of Content for I Love Memphis Blog! I love calling the 901 home. When I'm not running the blog you can find me cheering on the Grizzlies, at a concert, exploring a new restaurant or kicking back at one of our breweries. I hope you'll love experiencing Memphis with me.

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