In honor of March being National Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting amazing women business owners throughout our destination. Meet just a few of the women who contribute to the everyday growth and value of their communities and economies.
Milwaukie Mercantile for Wellness/Molly Muriel (Milwaukie) – Branda Tiffany
Branda Tiffany’s interest in health started with herbs and grew from there. Her professional training and schooling led to launching her own product line Molly Muriel 17 years ago. Over time a larger space was needed and she came across Milwaukie Mercantile and set up the wellness shop in the front, opening in 2013. Her favorite part of the business is helping customers find a natural way to heal, lift their mood or simply feel better.
FAT Cupcake (Oregon City, Happy Valley, Portland) – Anjelica Hayes
Ajelica Hayes opened Fat Cupcake in Oregon City a little more than three years ago. She had no professional culinary training and learned from experimenting in her kitchen, watching YouTube videos and searching Google. Since opening her first location, sales have exploded and her business has grown to a second and now third location. She's selling more than 1,500 cupcakes a day to a hungry clientele who crave her sweet and savory creations. She is always creating new flavors and combinations, designing cupcakes that are as tasty as they are beautiful.
Kyra’s Bake Shop (Lake Oswego) – Kyra Bussanich
Kyra Bussanich owns Kyra's Bake Shop in downtown Lake Oswego, which is a completely gluten-free facility. She developed the bakery and the recipes before gluten-free was really a part of the larger conversation out of her own necessity. Kyra had spent many years battling serious stomach issues and doctors had tried a variety of treatments without results. She decided to cut gluten from her diet as a last effort, and before she knew it her condition was improving. Kyra believed in her recipes so much that she took them to the hit Food Network show, Cupcake Wars and won. She now holds the record as the only four-time winner of the show.
A Boring Life - (Damascus) Serafina Palandech
The newest business on our list, A Boring Life, actually just opened on March 7, 2020. It's part cafe, part specialty food store and part wellness shop. You can stop by in the morning for coffee and a handmade, gluten-free doughnut. Enjoy a lovely lunch menu with the flavors of the Mediterranean cooked by our own Chef Jen. You can also pick up a jar of local honey, a bit of bean to bar chocolate and homewares made by local makers and farmers. If you are headed to a party, there are flowers, plants, and one-of-a-kind gifts. You will be able to find the lovingly-made products produced by local artisans, farmers and makers to showcase the best of our region.
Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals - (Welches) Betsy LaBarge
Betsy LaBarge first opened Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals back in 1991 with the goal of providing customer service driven vacation rentals in the Mt. Hood Area. In that time her offerings have grown to more than 30 different homes that her business manages. From rustic, secluded cabins to beautiful large homes perfect for families or groups of friends, Mt. Hood Vacation Rentals has an option that will make for a memorable vacation on Mt. Hood.
All Seasons Rentals - (Welches) Carol Burk
What started as a business cleaning vacation rentals grew to managing them, as Carol Burk started All Seasons Vacation Rentals in 2002. Her businesses offers rentals around the Villages of Mt. Hood and up in Government Camp. From riverside retreats to homes moments away from the skiing action, there are dozens of vacation rentals to choose from.