Today is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day; it’s celebrated on November 19th every year. According to a 2019 report by American Express, women-owned businesses continue to fuel the economy and represent around 42% of all companies. A good chunk of those is in the wellness sector, which is reported to be a $4.2 trillion industry.
The fact is, women have long been change-makers in the world of health. The wellness industry spans a wide range of products and experiences — everything from athleisure to functional food. The wellness scene in Indianapolis has grown tremendously thanks to women entrepreneurs opening a variety of businesses from organic juice companies, yoga, and cycle studios to mindfulness apps so that you can be your best self. Read on to see just a few women-owned businesses in Indianapolis you need to know and support!
Shaya Sangster, Owner of Just Ride Indy
Shayna Sangster is an entrepreneur, marketing guru, and all-around badass who owns and operates Just Ride Indy, an indoor cycling studio in the heart of downtown Indy. Shayna is passionate about positively impacting her community through fitness by providing a fun way for people to reach their fitness goals. We love Just Ride Indy, and they serve up the best classes with the best playlist!
Jennifer Chow, Owner of The Barre Code Downtown Indianapolis & Carmel
Owner Jennifer Chow became a master instructor for The Barre Code while living in Chicago and wanted to bring the same fitness options to Indianapolis. The Barre Code welcomes all fitness levels and offers three core formats: Barre, Bootcamp, and Brawl. (a high energy kickboxing style class). Whether you are a fitness fanatic or just beginning your journey, you will find a class style that is perfect for you. Jennifer owns two locations of the fitness franchise, including Downtown Indianapolis and Carmel.
Charlie Redd, Owner & Founder of Haven Yoga Studio
Haven Yoga Studio aims to be where yogis can practice peace, no matter their size, race, or experience level. Founder Charlie Redd has been practicing yoga for nine years and teaching for four and states that her studio is a space for marginalized groups to explore holistic health practices. The studio offers a variety of meditation and yoga classes for all levels!
Katara McCarty, Founder & Owner of EXHALE APP
Katara is a sought-after coach, author, and podcast host dedicated to cultivating brave spaces where all Black, Indigenous, Women of Color belong. As a Black woman, she is committed to amplifying the richness of BIWOC and their stories while also advocating for and providing emotional well-being resources for BIWOC through her app EXHALE. The app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play channel.
Shea Rankin, Owner of YogaSix Indianapolis
YogaSix is a boutique yoga fitness studio offering six different class types, from hot and powerful to slow and mindful and beginner classes, and sculpt classes. Teachers are trained in the YogaSix methodology to provide a consistent but creative experience for each class type every time. The new yoga studio will be located in the new Bottleworks development, slated to open before the end of the year.
Salma Qaddourah, Owner & Founder of 317 Juicery
317 Juicery serves up 16oz bottles of juice made with 100% organic fruits and vegetables. Owner and Founder Salma Qaddourah is on a mission to make it easy to be healthy on the go in Indianapolis. You can find 317 Juicery at your favorite farmer’s markets, coffee shops, or you can order online and get it delivered right to your home!
Rachel Klein, Owner of Revival Food Co.
Revival Food Co. was founded by dancer, turned mom, turned entrepreneur, Indy native Rachel Klein from her own kitchen six years ago when she handed samples out as a party favor to her wedding guests. The popular almond butter is known for its stone-ground texture and pure ingredients. The almond butter is now in high demand and recently launched at nearly 1,000 Walmarts nationwide, as well as Walmart.com.
Amy Peddycord, Owner of Invoke Studio
Amy Peddycord is the Founder and Owner/Operator of Invoke Studio, an award-winning, community-minded yoga, pilates, and wellness lifestyle studio. Invoke opened in January of 2005 in downtown Indianapolis, offering over 100 yoga, Pilates, fitness classes, monthly workshops, and accredited teacher training. Yelp recently named them the top yoga studio in the state, offering virtual classes.
Shanequa Boyd, Owner Pretty Brown Vegan
After going through her own weight-loss journey, Shanequa decided to transition to a vegan diet, which inspired her to launch and create Pretty Brown Vegan, a digital destination for new or transitioning vegans to learn fun and simple ways to enjoy vegan foods. She also offers recipe development and photography services through Prettybrownvegan.com.
Mary Herrera, Owner of Era Pilates
ERA Pilates is a fully equipped private Pilates studio offering high-quality one-on-one and small group sessions in the heart of Fountain Square. Opened in Summer 2018, ERA Pilates is owned and operated by Mary K Herrera, a Balanced Body trained instructor.
Victoria Davis, Founder & CEO of Make It Classy
Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, we have to be careful about what we put on it. Make It Classy is a plant-based beauty company that offers chemical-free beauty products and do-it-yourself (DIY) beauty boxes. Owner Victoria Davis Founder & CEO of Make It Classy, helping women healthy living journey. You can learn more about Victoria through her blog ClassyCurlies.com.
Suzette Daniel, Co-owner of SweattBoxx Wellness Center
Certified Personal, Group Fitness Trainer Suzette Sweatt, and co-owner of SweattBoxx Wellness Center, has long had a passion for inspiring people to live a healthier lifestyle. The SweattBoxx Wellness Center offers one-on-one fitness training and group classes for all your fitness needs.
Cristina Goebel, Owner of Massage Heights
In 2017, Cristina became the owner and operator of Massage Heights Indianapolis, a massage and skin care franchise. Helping to make self-care easier, Massage Heights aims to make regular massage and skin therapy affordable while still providing the level of service available at a five-star resort. Cristina is the Owner/Operate of three Massage Heights locations, one at the Ironworks Hotel Indy, Carmel, and Fishers District.