Check out a woman-owned business on your trip to Athens, especially during women's history month! Athens has a beautiful variety of entrepreneurs, each with their own niche talents and offerings. From restaurants to shops to art lounges, we have everything you need. Make sure you sample all the ways to enjoy Athens, presented by the women of the Classic City.  Here are a few listed below!


Where to brunch:

Mama's Boy

When it comes to brunch places, this locally owned and run restaurant is a local favorite hot spot. Owned by Alicia Segars and Cooper Hudson, it was named one of "The South's Best Biscuit Joints" by Southern Living. The Mama's Boy menu includes their famous biscuits, a cinnamon roll roughly the size of your face and "Chocolate Cake for Breakfast!" Plus, they have vegan and vegetarian options. The first Mama's Boy location is near downtown Athens, and they have a second location on Macon Highway, which opened in 2016.

A plate of food with grilled chicken, a biscuit, and some mashed potatoes and gravyMama's Boy owners Alicia Segar and Cooper Hudson stand in front of the Mama's Boy logo.


Farm Cart

Farm Cart is a casual biscuit spot serving up sandwiches and coffee drinks owned by Michael and Iwalani Farfour. What started out as a food truck serving up local jams and ingredients has now become a brick and mortar restaurant and popular brunch place with a lovely patio and plentiful outdoor seating. Order one of their delicious cinnamon rolls for a sweet tooth or a biscuit with Piedmont Provisions jam to satisfy your sweet-and-savory cravings!

Farm Cart Photo

Photo Credit: @thefarmcart

South Kitchen + Bar

Nestled in The Georgian, a historic building downtown, South Kitchen + Bar is owned by Kirby and Stephanie Sims (who also own Trappeze Pub). Load up on southern favorites like their fried chicken and poutine skillet, their Brioche French toast or crab cake benny, a twist on eggs benedict, all while enjoying the classic atmosphere of the historic ballroom. South is great any time of day, but if you haven't tried their brunch yet, now is the time. 

A piece of fried chicken and potatoes on a black skillet

Photo Credit: @tastesofgeorgia

Where to lunch:

Donderos' Kitchen

Donderos’ is a family collaboration between Tim Dondero, Anna Dondero and Andrew Pearson nestled in a beautiful old house on Milledge Avenue. The perfect place for lunch, a study break or to curl up with a latte and a good book, the restaurant and catering business specializes in international cuisine, so you'll never get bored with their menu. They offer different regional soups, salads and sandwiches daily including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. International snacks, food items and ingredients are also available, along with frozen meals and desserts that you can pick up and enjoy at home. Touring Athens on foot? Donderos’ offers a discount for walkers and cyclists of 5% off housemade items.

A sandwich from Donderos' Kitchen in front of the restaurant's sign.

Rashe’s cuisine

Rashe’s Cuisine provides exquisite cooking based on owner Rashe Malcolm's Jamaican heritage. Using fresh, seasonal foods, preparing them with care and creating winning combinations to bring out the best flavors are techniques that Rashe from her Jamaican and African American cultures. Her love of food and family is reflected in every dish she creates. With flavorful entrees like curried chicken and jerk pork paired with Southern sides like mac and cheese, collard greens and rice and peas, Rashe's menu is a delicious feast for the senses.

Owner of Rashe's Cuisine Rashe Malcolm serves food in the Rashe's Cuisine food truck.

Lindsey's Culinary Market

Lindsey’s Culinary Market, owned and founded by Lindsey Payne, strives for culinary creativity and variety. After attending culinary school at age 40, Payne opened her first location of Lindsey's Culinary Market on Prince Ave.  After 10 years, she relocated to her current location on North Thomas Street in January of 2018. Have a delectable club sandwich, a tart and sweet lemon bar or a scoop of orzo salad to make your lunch and make your day. 

A toasted sandwich with tomato and lettuce next to some seasoned rice

Where to have dinner:

Puma Yu's

Puma Yu's is a delightfully original restaurant/bar serving small plate Thai food and inspiring cocktails. The bar program, run by Ally Smith, is innovative with a variety of unique cocktails and natural wines. What started out as a pop up called "The Side Hustle" transformed into a cozy, well-loved establishment in Athens. The selection of drinks is consistently creative, ever changing, and perfectly refreshing! From sake, to beer, to coffee, to spirits, Puma Yu's continues to deliver.

A table set with various dishes with a focus on bottle pouring champagne into a glass

Mannaweenta Ethiopian Restaurant

After years as a staple vendor at West Broad Farmers Market, Mannaweenta owner Haregu Bahtu opened her highly anticipated restaurant in 2015. The restaurant serves Ethiopian and Eritrean food, including doro wot (a chicken leg simmered in butter and spices), yebeg alitcha (lamb simmered with vegetables, butter, ginger and other spices) and Mannaweenta lentil soup. The restaurant is named after Bahtu's daughter and sister. 

Haregu Bahtu standing in Mannaweenta's holding a plate of Ethiopian food

Last Resort Grill

In 1966, The Last Resort was a music club with tunes from the likes of Jimmy Buffet, Steve Martin, and more amazing voices. To this day, Last Resort Grill continues to have that nostalgic atmosphere with a delicious Southwestern style menu to boot. When Melissa Clegg, in partnership with Jamshad Zarnegar, established Last Resort Grill as a restaurant in the 1990s, it was a hit with hungry Athenians. Today, it continues to be a popular option with loyal patrons with a thrilling menu full of mouthwatering classics such as Old Resort's praline, fried green tomatoes, and the veggie stack. This Athens staple stands strong in its quality and dining experience.

Last Resort Patio Cheers

Where to Shop:

Avid Bookshop

In 2011, UGA College of Education graduate Janet Geddis started a new chapter in her life with the opening of her bookstore, Avid Bookshop. This independent bookstore is now located in historic Five Points, and is a must-see in this walkable area of Athens. Offering a curated collection of books for every reader, plus gift items and regular community events, the staff at Avid creates an atmosphere and community that is quintessentially Athenian. For more on Janet, check out the Athens' Own post about her. 

Avid Bookshop at Five Points


 When Sanni Baumgärtner opened Community in 2010, she wanted to create a space for comfort and creativity that promoted buying local, sustainable goods. Sourcing items from over 50 local vendors, Community offers a variety of sustainable fashion options, handmade soaps, chocolates, jewelry, paper goods and home decor. The shop also offers alteration services, sewing classes, personal styling and closet consultations. Community Service is Sanni's own in-house brand of redesigned vintage clothing in which she merges vintage fabrics and designs with current fashion. Sanni and her team work to update vintage clothing that, while not initially flattering, can still be reused to make beautiful, timeless clothing. Learn more about Sanni in this Athens' Own post.

Community Store Front

Chalises Heavenly Inspired

Owner Adrienne Chappell created Chalises Heavenly Inspired after experiencing years of skin issues and trying remedy after remedy. Eventually, she turned towards natural treatments, starting with oils from the Bible, thus creating Chalises Heavenly Inspired.  Adrienne sells handcrafted soaps and bath and body products, lovingly made with the best ingredients that skin craves. Chalises strives to educate and offer solutions to those who encounter skin issues without the use of harmful ingredients or harsh chemicals. Adrienne's products range from bath bars and shower steamers to silky body oils and sea moss products to make your skin glow. 

Adrienne Chappell from Chalises Heavenly Inspired working on her soaps in her shop

Indie South

Indie South began in 2006 when designer and maker Serra Jaggar began hosting multiple events throughout the year, ranging from large festivals to more intimate pop-ups, giving local makers an opportunity to come together to sell their goods, but Serra has been at the forefront of the modern DIY craft movement since opening her handmade-only retail shop, Remnant, in 2002. While those events and festivals are still a staple in the Athens arts community, a brick and mortar shop on Hawthorne Avenue now houses Indie South year-round. Serra is fascinated by found objects and the eclectic aesthetic and is driven by her passion for the idea that someone can benefit their community and succeed on their own terms doing what they love.

A photo inside Indie South, a gift shop on Hawthorne Ave in Athens, Ga, shows a table covered in books and stones, and white shelves along the left side with wares filling the shelves and baskets stacked on top.


Where to Play:

ARTini's Art Lounge

Kate Cook has loved painting and drawing for as long as she can remember. As soon as she could hold a pencil, she was drawing. After years of formal instruction, including a stint in Tuscany, Kate opened ARTini’s in Athens in 2011. ARTini’s is a uniquely Athens Paint & Sip studio. Great for any skill level, ARTini’s offers evening painting sessions where you can relax with your friends, perhaps enjoy some libations and create your own masterpiece. For Kate, who has had work featured throughout metro Atlanta, ARTini’s is a way to incorporate relaxed fun into art. Kate loves bringing creativity to people who think they cannot create art and working with first-timers or regulars to make something beautiful. Kate claims, "Even if they are really nervous coming in 15 to 20 minutes into the process, they have taken ownership of that canvas," said Kate. For more about Kate, check out the Athens' Own blog about her. 

A group of about 20 hold up paintings they did of Sandford Stadium in a class at Artini's

Escape the Space

 Escape the Space is a family-owned escape room site, and their unusual approach to interactive and engaging experiences provides the perfect opportunity to connect with others.  Andrew and Alicia Brasher fell in love with escape rooms after experiencing them for themselves, and in 2014 the couple decided to create the opportunity for fun, interactive puzzle experiences right in their town. Escape the Space is designed as a real-life escape challenge. Adventures involving missing plane tickets, double-crossing partners and raging house parties, will tantalize your mind and confuse your senses. 

A group of six young women pose after completing an escape room at Escape the Space.

Be sure to snap a picture when visiting any of these businesses, and tag your photos with #VisitAthensGA or #MyAthensVibe for a chance to be featured on our social media.

Want to see more of what the women-owned places in Athens have to offer? Check out our full Women-Owned Businesses page. 


This post was originally written in 2023, and has been updated for 2024 by Anushka Jariwala.