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Exploring Women-Owned Businesses with CATA

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Categories: Community


In honor of Women's History Month, CATA is thrilled to spotlight the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit of women in the Capital Area. From cozy coffee shops to innovative learning centers, these three women-owned businesses not only enrich our community but also serve as shining examples of dedication, creativity, and resilience. Join us as we celebrate the remarkable contributions of these inspiring women and discover the unique experiences they bring to Lansing's cultural tapestry. Whether you're a local resident or just passing through, be sure to add these must-visit establishments to your list and show your support for women-owned businesses in our city.


The Emerging Parent creates a fun and supportive community for parents and their little ones too! Join their space to play, talk with other parents, and enjoy curated play and parent support with a focus on development and connection for young children and their grown-ups. The Emerging Parent is a local hub for parents with children ages 4 and under to connect. They strive to be the ultimate space in Lansing where caregivers can find the place they need to thrive and grow during early parenthood. They also offer classes, small group style open play, private events, birthday parties, parents-only gatherings, support groups and more. The founder and CEO is Miranda Zoumbaris, a parent educator, group facilitator, parent coach, early interventionist and entrepreneur. She is dedicated to providing a space where caregivers can connect, learn, and grow together during the early years of parenthood.


With three locations in the Lansing area including Downtown Lansing, Eastside Neighborhood and MSU's campus, Strange Matter Coffee has become a beloved community hub known for its exceptional coffee and vibrant atmosphere. What sets it apart, however, is not just the quality of its brews but the story behind its creation. Cara Nadar, a passionate coffee enthusiast and entrepreneur, founded Strange Matter Coffee with a vision to create more than just a cafe. She wanted to cultivate a space where people could gather, connect, and be inspired—a place where creativity flourishes and community thrives Since its inception, Strange Matter Coffee has not only become a local favorite but also a testament to the power of women in business. Cara has worked in the coffee industry for over a decade. Her dedication, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit have not only fueled the success of her venture but have also served as an inspiration to aspiring business owners, particularly women, in the Lansing area. At CATA, we recognize the importance of supporting women-owned businesses like Strange Matter Coffee. They not only contribute to the economic vitality of our community but also enrich the cultural fabric of Lansing. 


Located in the vibrant downtown area, TinkrLAB is a haven for young minds, sparking creativity and curiosity through hands-on learning experiences. What sets TinkrLAB apart is not just its dedication to STEM education but also its commitment to fostering a love for learning in children of all ages—a vision brought to life by founder, Melissa Rabideau. Driven by her passion for education and innovation, Melissa established TinkrLAB with the belief that every child has the potential to become a problem-solver, thinker and creator. Through engaging workshops, camps, and classes, TinkrLAB provides children with the tools and encouragement they need to explore, experiment, and unleash their imagination. TinkrLAB not only enriches the lives of families in our community but also inspires the next generation of innovators and leaders. We encourage you to discover the wonder of TinkrLAB and the transformative impact it has on young minds.

Capital Hippie is a hidden gem located downtown Lansing. The founder Laura Castle, started this business in 2019 when she struggled to find plus size tie dye clothing. Having started her business out of the trunk of her car, it wasn’t until Fall of 2021 that she moved Capital Hippie into the Middle Village Micro Market She was there for six months before moving into  her own store front on Washington Ave. Capital Hippie is well known for tie dye clothing, but you can find much more than just shirts. From cozy winter flannels, summer dresses, to hats, and a plethora of fashionable accessories, there's something for everyone to add a splash of color to their look. In addition to having their own brand, the company is now collaborating with other Lansing businesses. Capital Hippie has partnered with Elderly Instruments to create a line of tie dyed shirts, and they've also teamed up with LanArtBus. With these partnerships and no doubt more to come, Laura is putting a colorful twist on Lansing's fashion with her innovative clothing. 


As Women’s History Month comes to a close, let us carry forward the spirit of celebration and support for women-owned businesses beyond March. CATA is proud to champion the achievements of these remarkable women and encourages everyone to continue patronizing and uplifting women-owned businesses in Lansing and beyond. Remember, when planning your visit to these incredible establishments, utilize CATA's convenient trip planner tool on our website to ensure a seamless and stress-free journey. 


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