State College Companies Support Women’s History Month


Celebrated every March since 1995, Women’s History Month highlights the achievements and contributions of women in the United States

For those looking to mark the occasion by supporting a woman-owned business, we’ve compiled a list of women-owned and co-owned businesses around State College.

The Gourmet Girl personal chef service

Gourmet Girl Personal Chef Service, owned by Amanda Cruz, offers personal chef service, cooking classes, catering service and more. There are a variety of packages available for personal chef service, ranging from $100 to $215, plus the cost of groceries. Orders for boxes and pasture boards can be picked up Tuesday through Friday in the State College area, and orders must be placed 48 hours in advance. The Gourmet Girl also offers a private picnic service.

Ayama Psychotherapy

Alissa Yamasaki opened her practice, Ayama Psychotherapy, in 2016. Ayama Psychologists specialize in psychotherapy for students and adults with insomnia, anxiety, and/or other health issues. Some of the psychologists are part of the Highmark Blue Shield network and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Ayama Psychotherapy will also navigate out-of-network benefits and private payment options.

Design by CBL Architecture

Design By CBL Architecture is owned and operated by Carolyn Lee. Its mission is to create better lives through experienced design, and Lee is a credentialed and certified evidence-based design professional. She started the business in 2018, and a list of projects she’s done (some of which were done at previous companies) is available online.

Coaching by Dana

Those looking for leadership, writing, career change, or faculty development coaching can check out Dana Mitras LLC. Mitra holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University focused on leadership and organizations, and his research is available on his website. Mitra offers free initial 45-60 minute sessions to potential customers.


Elizabeth Hay owns a majority of TechKnowServ Corp., an engineering company that works in government contracts, small business innovation research and business services. The company is a spin-off of WavesInSolids LLC, a company that Hay co-owns with her husband. Besides its engineering services, TechKnowServ also offers certification courses.

A caring touch: massage therapy

Karen Stoner has owned A Caring Touch: Massage Therapy since 2003. Stoner is a Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist, and Certified Infant Massage Therapist/Instructor. The facility is located at 1315 W. College Ave., #200, in the offices of Integrated Health Care Associates. Appointment hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Appointments can be scheduled online.

Janejira’s Kitchen

Janejira Kalsmith offers remote cooking classes through Janejira’s Kitchen. Courses are available in Thai and Italian cuisines. Private lessons are available online and in person, and details of the dishes and cooking equipment needed for each lesson are available online. Meal kits can be purchased and include homegrown organic herbs not found locally at State College.


Mary Hillard owns and operates Dolce Vita, which is located at 2490 Commercial Blvd. The bakery offers cupcakes (with gluten-free and vegan options), cookies, French macaroons, brownies and more. Custom orders can be placed online for special occasion cakes. Dolce Vita also offers treatment package options, as well as clothing, spoons and spatulas. A variety of wedding cake options are also available.

Juana’s kitchen

Ady Martinez and Hugo Romero own and operate Juana’s Cuisine, which serves authentic Venezuelan dishes. The fast-casual restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s located at 129 S. Fraser St., and Juana got her start at the State College Farmers Market.

ethereal shop

Miranda Sheetz opened Ethereal Boutique in 2014. The boutique offers women’s clothing, jewelry, apothecary products, crystals and more. Ethereal Boutique is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. It is located at 216 E. College Ave.

Restore eye care and eye gymnastics

Tracy Carpenter Sepich is a founding partner of Restore Eye Care & Eye Gym, an optometric practice and optical boutique located at 650 Gray’s Woods Blvd., Suite 120 in Port Matilda. Appointments can be requested online.

Old New York

Susan and Kenny Kempton are the owners of Olde New York, a restaurant, tavern, and bottle store located at 2298 East College Ave. The menu includes a wide range of options, from salmon curry to buffalo macaroni and cheese. Reservations for groups of five or fewer can be made online, and groups of six or more can call 814-237-1582 to request a table. Olde New York is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Clothing Connections

Connections Clothing is led by Theresa Ritzman. The store has been located at State College since 1996 and is located at 130 S. Allen St. Clothing from brands such as Free People and Just Black Denim can be purchased in-store and customers can purchase gift cards online. Connections Clothing is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Lauren Newton SEO and Web Design

Lauren Newton launched her business in early 2021. She offers a variety of search engine optimization packages, including a monthly option, as well as a ticketing service. Newton has over 14 years of web design experience and offers web design services at a basic and e-commerce scale.

Custom stuff

Elizabeth Stephenson owns and operates Custom Stuff. The company customizes apparel, awards, bags, glasses, healthcare supplies and more. Wholesale pricing options are available and some products can be purchased individually. Virtual samples can be created online, or customers can call 814-234-7833 to place an order or ask questions.

More information about women-owned businesses at State College can be found on the Women’s Network Group.


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