Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs in the Finger Lakes Countrysides

March isn’t just about welcoming spring in the Finger Lakes. It’s also Women’s History Month, and here in the Finger Lakes Countrysides, we’re proud to showcase the vibrant tapestry of women-owned businesses that are an integral part of our community’s history and legacy—not just this month, but all year-long.

Discover and support these woman-owned businesses and plan your itinerary to experience the Finger Lakes Countrysides at its most inspiring and inclusive.

Savor the Local Flavor

Red Tail Ridge Winery
Dr. Nancy Irelan, a former geneticist and viticulturist is an industry heavyweight known for her sustainable winegrowing practices. Red Tail Ridge Winery is a testament to her passion and commitment to crafting high-quality wines. Located on the western shore of Seneca Lake, her wines, from estate-grown Rieslings to Teroldegos, have won numerous awards.

Tin Barn Brewing
Lauren VanPamelen’s Tin Barn Brewing is a family-friendly taproom situated on the shores of Seneca Lake.. Her family’s brewery offers not only a rotating selection of ales and lagers but also a warm and welcoming atmosphere that resonates with the community.

18th Amendment Kitchen & Cocktail Bar & Burnt Rose Wine Bar
Rose Curry didn’t just open a wine bar and restaurant. She created dining experiences that indulges all your senses. 18th Amendment serves up craft cocktails and a delicious fusion of flavors in their food menu that sources fresh and local ingredients. Down the street is Burnt Rose Wine Bar, a modern take on traditional wining and dining in a casual, elegant environment.

Outlet 111
The only spot with waterfront cocktails and tapas in the village of Penn Yan, Natalie Travis and Cindy Rosato’s Outlet 111 is a one-of-a-kind cocktail and charcuterie bar. Outlet 111 is a celebration of Finger Lakes wines and New York State’s finest products. Run by local women, Outlet 111 is committed to supporting women producers in the food and wine industry.

Amity Coffee
Amity Coffee is a small artisan coffee shop owned by Lyndsi Stoltzfus that is situated in the heart of Penn Yan on Main Street. Lyndsi’s passion for quality and community infuses every cup brewed in this cozy coffee shop, which serves as a community hub for locals and visitors alike.

Silverbird Woodfired
Brenda Spoor’s Silverbird Woodfired brings a unique culinary experience to the Finger Lakes. Specializing in wood-fired artisan pizzas, this hometown favorite offers a variety of wood-fired pizzas and grilled cuisine.

Play and Explore

Finger Lakes Rail Riders
Kathy Ferron’s Finger Lakes Rail Riders offers a one-of-a-kind, pedal-powered rail riding adventure. Customers can ride the rails, alternatively pedaling or coasting through the picturesque surroundings. Finger Lakes Rail Riders is the only rail bike company in the country that also offers a rolling narrative about the history of the surrounding area.

Mountain Rose Farm
Rachel Beiler and Emily Gingerich’s Mountain Rose Farm allows you to take a break from the craziness of life and reconnect with yourself through scenic horseback rides. The farm offers trail rides, horseback riding lessons and vacation rentals.

Shop Local Products

Art Studio at 126 Main
Art Studio at 126 Main was started by two longtime friends, Chrissy McGinness and Macy Hall. It’s a creative space that offers art classes and workshops to community members and serves as a unique art gift shop in downtown Penn Yan.

Indian Pines Farm Market
Under Launa Miller’s stewardship, Indian Pines Farm Market is a staple near Keuka Lake , a place where visitors can find fresh, locally sourced produce and meats, homemade goods, plants, gifts, and a holiday shop. Indian Pines Farm Market has been a mainstay in the Yates County community for over 70 years.

Crooked Lake Mercantile
Afra Nahmmancher’s Crooked Lake Mercantile is located at the four corners of Branchport. The mercantile has been serving the community since 1993 with a full line of groceries , a deli and bakery, Keuka Lake gifts and souvenirs and antiques.

The Flower Cart & Gift Shoppe
Brenda Marchionda’s The Flower Cart & Gift Shoppe offers a wide array of gifts, decor, and of course, beautifully arranged flowers. It’s a treasure trove for those who believe in the magic of blooms and the art of gifting. Brenda expertly curates her shop, ensuring it’s filled with delights for all the senses in all the seasons and holidays.

The Nest Egg
Heather Griffiths’ The Nest Egg has become a landmark in Penn Yan, known for its locally hand-crafted items and superb customer service. A visit to The Nest Egg is sensory bliss, catering to those who appreciate aesthetics and the comforts of home. Heather’s vision transforms shopping from a chore to a delightful, discovery-filled adventure.

Local Hospitality

Crispin Hill Wedding Venue
Owners Chelsea Madia and Heather Tompkins have created a fairy-tale setting at Crispin Hill, a premier wedding venue offering unparalleled views of the Finger Lakes. Their attention to detail and customer service makes every event, from weddings to corporate gatherings, a memorable and enchanting experience.

Aubergine B&B
Christine Pyanoe spent years renovating a 1860s Victorian home to create the luxurious, cozy retreat that is Aubergine B&B. It’s a testament to her dedication to the history and hospitality of the Finger Lakes. Each room reflects her love for antiques and her three favorite destinations, France, Italy, and the Finger Lakes.

With every visit to the Finger Lakes Countrysides, you have the chance to not only support local businesses but also to connect with the stories, warmth, and creativity that these female entrepreneurs bring to our community.