Here are 15 women-owned businesses in the Corpus Christi area – Caller Times

It’s Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than by supporting local, women-owned businesses?
From restaurants and bakeries to jewelry and clothes, here are 15women-owned businesses in the Corpus Christi area.
This local shop showcases Corpus Christi designers and creatives for an assortment of Corpus-specific goods, including apparel, accessories, cups, home decor and more.
Made in Corpus Christi was opened by Nikki Riojas, who is also the president and founder of the Women’s Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi.
Where: 1524 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: 361-480-0800 or
The boutique, named after owner Jessica Jackson and her husband’s fashionable grandmothers, opened its first Corpus Christi location at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More:Corpus Christi boutique Betty & June opening new Port Aransas location in the spring
The store specializes in unique fashion from Los Angeles and New York based designers. 
Betty & June started in Abilene and is set to open another location in Port Aransas.
Where: 4411 S. Alameda St., Suite B, Corpus Christi
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 361-730-7338 or
This local cosmetics company, founded by Rochelle Lowery, now has products for sale at H-E-B Plus. 
More:Lemonade Stand Cosmetics is the fruit of Corpus Christi couple’s personal, cultural journey
Lowery’s homemade, vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics line includes products for eyes, lips, lashes, glitter makeup tools and skin care.
How to buy: Products can be found at H-E-B Plus on Saratoga or online at
COMMONS, owned by Ceirra Riley, features brands that are local and owned by women or people of color.
The shop serves as a space for sustainable brands showcasing Corpus-based talent. 
Products include accessories, home goods, pet goods, local products and apothecary items.
Where: 415 D Peoples St., Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contact: 361-462-4570 or
Elena Flores opened her boutique storefront at the Hamlin Shopping Center in 2021. 
Sew Bonita sells colorful and creative products with a Mexican-American flair, often expressing the beauty of the Coastal Bend.
More:‘Mexican-American flair’: Local artist opens new Sew Bonita store in Hamlin center
Where: 4034 Weber Road, Corpus Christi
Hours: Friday, 3-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Contact: 361-334-0272 or
This local jewelry business sells contemporary indigenous beadwork.
Strawberry Moon Beads was created by Carley Cunningham, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
Colorful, pastel earrings with big designs make up the majority of the business’ collections. Some of her products take between five and 24 hours to complete.
Cunningham occasionally takes custom orders.
Where to buy:
Melissa Bratton, a local hair stylist, specializes in shags, razor cutting and vivid colors. 
A scroll through her Instagram reveals a collection of 1970s-inspired cool cuts for what she calls “modern moonies and groovy gals.”
Where: 1225 Airline Road, Corpus Christi 
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: 361-876-6800 or
If colorful and creative nail art is your thing, Stephanie Esquivel, or My Nail Girl Steph on social media, is the nail artist for you. 
How to book: Available appointments are posted on Instagram at
This business sells “trendy” baked goods that are 100% vegan. Menu items include cakes and cupcakes, cookies, donuts, scones, conchas, cheesecake, brownies, cinnamon rolls and other holiday specials. 
The business also offers a weekly surprise box with five pastry items delivered to your door every Wednesday.
How to order:
Dainty, minimalist jewelry handmade with botanical themes is sold by Lavender and Lee owner Samantha Thurman. 
Products on her Etsy shop include gold-filled chain jewelry, huggie and threaded earrings with gemstones and pearls.
How to buy:
Amanda Whitaker, owner of Dazed Jewelry, sells handmade gemstone jewelry for modern bohemians.
Her products include rings and necklaces often made with sterling silver and adorned with sea glass and opal.
How to buy:
Katie Nicholson rebranded her family-owned business, Hamlin Bakery, as Cookie + Crumb Bakeshop after it shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
More:Hamlin Bakery rebrands as Cookie + Crumb Bakeshop, moves to new Corpus Christi location
The fresh, from-scratch bakery takes orders online.
Where: 1220 Airline Road, Suite 140, Corpus Christi
Hours: Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How to order:
Dawn Dowell, a local breadmaker, delivers fresh eggs and artisan sourdough products to Corpus Christi and its surrounding area. 
The business currently offers full boules and demi batards, and specialty breads like chocolate, cinnamon raisin, focaccia,  jalapeno cheddar and olive parmesan. 
She also sells sourdough croutons, lemon cake and cinnamon crumb coffee cake.
How to order:
This restaurant, owned by DQ Chillis, is in central Corpus Christi and specializes in home-style cooking. 
Chillis, a single mother, is the only chef. Her most popular dishes include Slow Motion, cheese-covered fries with crawfish tails and shrimp, and Trapiladas, or Trap House Kitchen enchiladas.
More:Back to Business: Trap House Kitchen aims to revitalize Black culture in Corpus Christi
Where: 1501 West Point Road, Suite 201, Corpus Christi
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, 2-6 p.m.
Contact: 361-452-0723 or
This vintage shop, specializing in Y2K fashion, opened in downtown Corpus Christi in 2021. 
The shop, owned by Kaili Ortiz and Giselle Marroquin, sells men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, with a focus on street wear and abstract fashion.
More:New vintage shop, Sun Moon and Stars Vintage, set to open in downtown
They source their clothing from local thrift stores and Etsy shops.
Where: 505 S. Water St. in Water Street Village, Corpus Christi
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 1-7 p.m.
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