Women of 19th Street: 30 Female Heights Business Owners Celebrate

On October 28th, a group of around 30 female business owners got together at Harold’s Restaurant and Tap Room to enjoy appetizers, cocktails, and the good company of other awesome ladies. They were joined by mayoral candidates, Texas House of Representatives candidates, and three candidates for District C on the Houston City Counsel (including the winner of the seat, Abbie Kamin). Each business owner addressed the crowd and shared a little bit about what makes her a success.

Ali Jarrett, owner of Harold’s, and our very own Mary Wassef hosted the event, organized by Cody White of Half-Moon Media, a marketing company that works with many of the women-owned business that line 19th Street.

Did you know that of the 50 small businesses on 19th Street between Beall Street and Heights Boulevard, 35 of them are women-owned?

“I think that if you didn’t have women running these restaurants and businesses on the street, you would not have the diversity and the delight and the creativity that people put into a store or a shop or a restaurant,” said Kelly Contello, owner of The Lift bookstore. “I don’t think it’s an accident.”

This group of influential women gathered on the 45th anniversary of the enactment of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which made it illegal to discriminate against credit applicants on the basis of race, religion, national origin, marital status, age, or gender. This ground-breaking legislation paved the way for women-owned business like Circa to exist and flourish. Before the Act was passed, many women couldn’t get credit without a man co-signing the loan.

We’re so proud to be a part of this amazing group of ladies, and we can’t to see what other awesome feats are still to come from these entrepreneurial, hard-working women.