Female-Founded Small Businesses We Love! | Of Mercer

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Female-Founded Small Businesses We Love!

Now more than ever we are inspired by the women behind small businesses. We reached out to four female founders we admire to see how they're doing during this time and share some small business love!

Christina Bryant, Founder & CEO, St. Frank

WFH soundtrack? "Cape Dory" album by Tennis

How are you relaxing? Long walks with my pup and lots of sleep!

WFH Productivity Tip? Every Sunday night I make a to-do list for every day of the week. It helps me prioritize and make sure I'm punching through it.

What're you reading? "The Great Believers" by Rebecca Makkai

Any new hobbies? Nightly Gin Rummy tournaments with my mom

Show your support! St. Frank is a textile and decor company that makes unique and beautiful art created in isolated communities accessible to people everywhere. They just launched a line of candles inspired by different cities.

Christina Bryant
Rooshy Roy, Co-Founder & CEO, AAVRANI

Rooshy Roy

WFH soundtrack? Joy Crookes on shuffle

How are you relaxing? Taking long walks and reading for fun (mysteries are my new favorite)

WFH Productivity Tip? Give yourself credit for small wins; don't be hard on yourself for not accomplishing "more" during this time

What're you reading? "The Silent Patient" by Alex Michaelides

Any new hobbies? Experimenting with new vegetarian recipes - excited to finally sustain a less meat-centric diet!

Show your support! AAVRANI is a clean skincare brand inspired by India's ancient beauty rituals! Currently you can purchase their Discover Ritual Set and get a second one free (also with the code OFMERCER20 you will receive a $20 credit towards any purchase).



Nell Diamond, CEO, Hill House Home

WFH soundtrack? "Mama, I need a different snack. This one is bad." on repeat.

How are you relaxing? Watching Beyonce's "Homecoming" documentary for the 700th time on Netflix at Midnight.

WFH Productivity Tip? Leave everything until the absolute last minute and then panic-respond to 400 emails in an hour. It's sort of like doing Peloton.

What're you reading? I haven't read a stitch during quarantine which is VERY strange for me. 

Any new hobbies? Pressing the "touch up my appearance" button on Zoom.

Show your support! Hill House Home is a bedding and bath brand featuring beautifully designed products at a reasonable price point. Now more than ever, investing in our home and bed has been making us J

Nell Diamond


Tze Chun, Founder, Uprise Art

Tze Chun

WFH soundtrack? The new Fiona album on repeat.

How are you relaxing? Calling friends who live outside of NYC to catch up.

WFH Productivity Tip? Only checking the news in the morning.

What're you reading? "The Art of Gathering" by Priya Parker. Especially relevant now that meetings have moved online and there's the opportunity to make them more meaningful.

Any new hobbies? Learning to homeschool my toddler.

Show your support! Uprise Art is a virtual gallery that makes it easy to discover emerging artists and talk with personal art advisors. During this time the team is staying busy, releasing new one-of-a-kind artwork by emerging artists and sharing their stories on Instagram.