Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women everywhere. As a women-owned business, we recognize the strength and value of women's voices and achievements. Kowalski's owner Mary Anne Kowalski and CEO Kris Kowalski Christiansen are constantly working to improve the grocery industry and local communities through their civic leadership.

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Kowalski's is WBENC Certified

Certification by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) validates that a business is at least 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women. This means one or more women must have unrestricted control of the business, a demonstrated management of day-to-day operations, and a proportionate investment of capital or expertise. To become certified, business owners undergo a thorough vetting process, including a review of business documentation and a site visit.

Because of this thorough process, WBENC Certification is considered the gold standard for women-owned business certification and is accepted by more than 1,000 corporations, in addition to some states, cities, and other entities.

Women-Led Local Partners

Kowalski's is proud to partner with many other local businesses led by amazing, hardworking women. Here are just a few:
Sweet Science Ice Cream Founder Ashlee Olds

Sweet Science Ice Cream

St. Paul, Minnesota

Chef Ashlee Olds makes these creamy, handmade artisan ice creams with locally sourced natural ingredients.

Plucky Pickle Dip Co-Founders Britt Jungerberg and Sara Doherty

Plucky Pickle Dip

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Britt Jungerberg and Sara Doherty's pickle spreads are tangy, crunchy and dippable. Find them in the Deli Grab & Go Case.

Chef Flo-K with her Afric Sauce

Chef Flo-K Afric Sauce

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Florence Karp makes authentic, traditional African cooking sauce with fresh tomatoes, red bell peppers and onions.

Isadore Nut Company Founder

Isadore Nut Co.

Golden Valley, Minnesota

Tasya Kelen and her team blend high-quality nuts, spices and real maple syrup into a line of wholesome snacks. Try them on your next cheese board!

Rita Katona of So Good So You

So Good So You

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Rita Katona makes probiotic juice shots with organic cold-pressed juice and real, non-GMO ingredients. Each bottle is packed with over 1 billion probiotic CFUs to support digestive and immune health.

Lakehouse Candle Co. Founders

Lakehouse Candle Co.

Duluth, Minnesota

Adriana Ernst & Hannah Sterne make hand-poured 100% soy wax candles with crackling wooden wicks, each inspired by a different Minnesota lake.

Pam Powell and her husband, Jim; Pam is smiling and holding a bowl of fresh salad. Both are holding bottles Salad Girl Salad Dressing

Salad Girl Organic Dressings

Mahtomedi, Minnesota

Pam Powell crafts her salad dressings with the freshest ingredients possible, with no preservatives, cane sugar, soy or corn syrup.

Sause Anna Lisa founder Lisa O'Connell posing behind jars of her pasta sauce

Sauce Anna Lisa

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lisa O'Connell's family pasta sauce recipe is made with fresh, clean ingredients and simmered for over ten hours.

Martha Glass of Bistro Meringues holding a plate of her meringue cookies topped with fresh berries

Bistro Meringues

St. Paul, Minnesota

Martha Glass makes thousands of these melt-in-your-mouth treats in her local kitchen. They are gluten free, low in sugar and feature locally raised, organic eggs with no additives or preservatives.

Pizzeria Pezzo CEO

Pizzeria Pezzo

White Bear Lake & Woodbury, Minnesota

Keri Bougie carries forth her late husband Gary's passion for simple, creative, handcrafted pizza that lives up to the great styles of Italy, New York and Chicago. Find Pezzo's Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza in the Frozen Foods Aisle. Also, stop by Pezzo's Woodbury Pizzeria, located at Kowalski's Woodbury Market!

Alyza Bohbot, founder of City Girl Coffee

City Girl Coffee Co.

Alyza Bohbot sources City Girl's sustainable coffee beans exclusively from women-owned and women-managed farms and cooperatives. A portion of every sale goes directly to organizations that support the success of women in their country of origin.

Venus Soups Founder Leslie Vadnais

Venus Gourmet Soups

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Leslie Vadnais' stellar vegetarian soups, many of which have an exciting global twist, are a staple on our Deli Soup Bar. Venus Soups have intense flavor from real ingredients like tomatoes, lemons, mushrooms, beans, dates, carrots, nuts and spices.

A Gourmet Thyme Shortbread

A Gourmet Thyme

St. Paul, Minnesota

Donna Cavanaugh and Bonnie Alton's unique shortbread cookies are perfect for appetizers, cheese pairings and desserts. Find them in the Bakery Department.

Tina Rexing holding up a cookie sheet of fresh baked T-Rex Cookies

T-Rex Frozen Cookie Dough

Eagan, Minnesota

Tina Rexing's incredible half-pound cookies are legendary! Each package of her frozen dough bakes up four jumbo cookies.

Founder Heather Manley

Crooked Water Spirits

Minneapolis, Minneapolis

Heather Manley crafts nontraditional, award-winning vodkas, gins, bourbons, apple brandy and ready-to-pour cocktails. Find them in our Wine & Spirits shops.

Kathie Armstrong, Founder of Kathie's Bakery

Kathie's Bakery

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Kathie Armstrong provides us with the commercial mixes used to make several of the breads on our Artisan Bread Table. She also produces home baking mixes from her own recipes, sold under the Kowalski's label.

Angie Gustafson, founder of Gustola Granola

Gustola Granola

Angie Gustafson's granolas are made with organic oats, maple syrup and lots of nutty, fruity mix-ins. They are lower in sugar, wheat free and Non-GMO Project verified.

Mary Pat Ingwell, Founder of Desserts by Alighieri

Desserts by Alighieri

St. Paul, MN

Mary Pat Ingwell makes traditional Italian tiramisu by layering a light, airy sponge cake and smooth, creamy cheese with coffee, liqueur and chocolate nuances.

The 3 Lonetti Sisters

3 Lonetti Sisters

St. Paul, Minnesota

Ann, Steph and Katie's meatball mix is based on their Grandpa Lonetti's recipe. It brings bold flavor to meatballs, breaded chicken, lasagna and more. Find it in the Meat Department.

Patti's Nuts Founder

Patti's Roasted Nuts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patti Heimbold's oven-roasted nuts are a cult favorite! They are handcrafted in small batches with a savory blend of cashews, almonds, walnuts and pecans. Find Rosemary and Maple Cinnamon flavor in the Snack Aisle.

Alise Sjostrom, smiling, and stands in front of a marsh holding a wheel of cheese in her right hand with her left hand on her hip

Redhead Creamery

Brooten, Minnesota

Alise Sjostrom makes award-winning farmstead cheeses on her family-owned dairy farm in Central Minnesota. This allows her complete control of the milk from feed to cheese. Find her cheeses in the Specialty Cheese Department.

Brody's 579 Sample Table

Brody's 579

St. Paul, Minnesota

Registered dietitian Kathy Schwartz (pictured on left) developed a line of gluten-free muffins and mixes that are simple, clean and deliciously good-tasting!

Skinfood Kitchen Founder

The Skinfood Kitchen

Wayzata, Minnesota

Maiss El Agha's spa-quality bath and body products are made with natural oils and butters, essential oils and botanicals. Find them in the Gift Department.

Annie Gorder, Mollie Ficocello, and Grace Lunski, founders of Three Farm Daughters

Three Farm Daughters

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Sisters Annie Gorder, Mollie Ficocello and Grace Lunski make their line of dry pastas with premium nutrient-dense wheat that's naturally higher in fiber and protein.

Gina B. of Gina B. Designs

Gina B Designs

Plymouth, Minnesota

Gina Bugee Gottschalk is an award-winning greeting card and stationary designer. Her products feature a broad range of styles from freelance artists across the country. Find her products in the Gift Department.

Jillian McGary, Owner of Mostly Made

Mostly Made

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jillian McGary's line of premade enchilada and lasanga fillings allow you to cook delicious family meals with no chopping, dicing or kitchen mess. Find them in the Frozen Foods Aisle.

Wine Maker Nan Bailly of Alexis Bailly Vineyard

Alexis Bailly Vineyard

Hastings, Minnesota

Nan Bailly's family planted Minnesota's very first vineyard in 1973. As owner and head winemaker, Nan continues her family's proud tradition, making award-winning wines in the world's most difficult climate.

Nordic Waffles Founder Stine Aasland holding a Nordic Waffle

Nordic Waffles

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stine Aasland is the "Waffle Queen"! Her handheld breakfast sandwiches are made with a thin, soft waffle wrapped around premium savory and sweet toppings. Find them in the Frozen Foods Aisle.

The Buttered Tin

The Buttered Tin

St. Paul, Minnesota

Alicia Hinze is a James Beard-recognized chef and Cupcake Wars winner. Her scratch-made baked cinnamon rolls, pies and dinner rolls are made with simple, clean ingredients and love!

Sarah pulls a sheet of Sara's Tipsy Pies out of the oven

Sara's Tipsy Pies

Stillwater, Minnesota

Sara Hayden makes her unique hand pies with local beer, wine and spirits that take the flavor of her pies to a whole new level. Find them in the Frozen Foods Aisle.

Sailor Mercy Founder Dani Dircks

Sailor Mercy

Stillwater, Minnesota

Dani Dirck's line of elderberry syrups are packed with antioxidants to help support your immune system. She makes them in small batches with no preservatives or thickeners.

Carolyn of Kiki's Salsa

Kiki's Salsa

Wyoming, Minnesota

Carolyn Kraft's is a Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon winner! Its complex layers of flavor go from mildly sweet to palatable heat.

Susan Ritts holding up bottles of her Crazy Good Dressing

CGD (Crazy Good Dressing)

Long Lake, Minnesota

Developed in the kitchen of acclaimed cookbook author Susan Ritts, CGD combines olive oil and seasoning into one sodium- and sugar-free bottle.

Simek's CEO Lindsey Hickey


St. Paul Park, Minnesota

Simek's premium frozen meatballs and lasagnas make mealtime easy. Lindsey Hickey leads the company forward in their mission to bring great food to your table while also partnering with local food banks and remaining plastic neutral.

Becki at Farmer's Market

Becki's Kitchen

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Becki Spina's Mediterranean-style olive salsas are a unique blend of zesty Sicilian-style green olives, flavorful olives and loads of healthy, vegetables and Italian herbs in a delicious Mediterranean olive oil marinade.

Baba's Hummus CEO and Co-Founder Rana Kamal


Burnsville, Minnesota

CEO Rana Kamal and her brother, Khalid Ansari, are co-founders of Baba's. These Palestinian-American siblings recreate their father's family recipes with a modern twist, including his creamy, authentic Jerusalem-style hummus.

Throughout the month of March, we'll also be highlighting women-owned wineries and female head winemakers throughout our Wine & Spirits shops. Stop by any of our seven Kowalski's Wine & Spirits locations to toast these trailblazing women of wine!

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