Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:39

Queen Bee Inc.: Two local women encapsulate the strong, boss-lady side of business

Written by  Missy Black
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"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Damental Rights" mug from Sweaty Wisdom, $15.99 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-Damental Rights" mug from Sweaty Wisdom, $15.99


Sweaty Wisdom offers yoga-inspired print goods made with equal doses of love and sass. Founder Chris Emmer’s love of typography resulted in products with phrases and ideas that come to her during yoga sessions. Sentiments take a leap from her mind to physical objects such as mugs, yoga bags, art prints and a new travel mug. Mugs, both dishwasher and microwave safe, are a way to “sneak in a nice thought that has the potential to lift people up,” Emmer said. “[The messages are] something I’ve been feeling more intensely lately in regard to government and this incredible movement of women taking pride in the fact that we can be bosses, mothers, yogis and athletes.” Emmer thinks Beyoncé says it best in her song “Run the World (Girls)”: “We’re smart enough to make these millions/strong enough to bear the children/then get back to business.” sweatywisdom.com

Mug, $15.99. Bag, $10.99 (pictured below left). Art print, $6.99 (not pictured).


The Amiga Shop is an online marketplace where other women can share their goods and spread female power. The idea came from a week-long surfing retreat in Nicaragua where shop owner Abbey Moore felt a “confident, positive and encouraging” vibe from the other women. The shop is all about beachy, natural and organic-lifestyle items. “I’m from Grand Haven and grew up next to Lake Michigan,” Moore said. “There’s something about the water and waves — it’s my comfort zone.” The shop’s signature T-shirt, the Amiga shirt, is live-in comfortable with a vintage appeal that fits right in next to items such as clothing, housewares, jewelry and accessories. theamigashop.com

Amiga Shop t-shirt, $30 (pictured below, center). Round beach towel, $70 (pictured below right).


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