We’re showing some love to local woman-owned businesses every Wednesday by featuring these #bossladies in our #WomanOwnedWednesday posts on social media. We’ve compiled a list below of our most recent posts! Know a woman-owned business that should be featured? Let us know via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allan Ackroyd opened Ackroyd’s Meat Market in 1949. After creating his own traditional Scottish meat pies, Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery was born. At around 8 years of age, his granddaughter, Megan Ackroyd (left), began working in the bakery with him. Little did she know, in 2010 she would assume the role as President of her family’s company. This #bosslady has worked hard selling their products in their Redford bakery. Ackroyd’s just celebrated their 70th year in business at the Ackroyd’s Scottish Bakery Pop-Up at The Peacock Room on Sunday, November 10th, 2019.
Marsha Miro (pictured on the right) wrote an Art News column for the Detroit Free Press from 1974 – 1995, she has authored multiple books, created a documentary, and writes for four different magazines. In 1995, Marsha envisioned a museum that would expand Detroit’s contemporary art community. With the help from Detroit Institute of Arts founder Richard Manoogian, an old car dealership was purchased in 2004 on Woodward and Garfield in Midtown to house this new museum. On October 28th, 2006, the Museum of Contemporary Art – Detroit had their grand opening and welcomed 2,500 people! Marsha recruited Elysia Borowy-Reeder (pictured on the left) in 2013 to become the Executive Director for the museum. This #bosslady has a master’s degree from the MSU College of Arts & Letters in Art History and Art Education and says that working at MOCAD is her dream job. The museum now sees about 80,000 visitors per year, and extended that count to our four-legged guests at our Howl-o-ween Drinking with Dogs event on October 30th, 2019.
Imani Henderson is an entrepreneur who started ISocialpr in 2014. This social media marketing agency helps small businesses build their online presence, and large corporations establish their brand. This #bosslady can tell you how to increase your social media engagement, build strong client relationships, and provide strategies to increase sales. Check out her blog for tips, tricks, and insights at https://isocialpr.com
Nikki Budaj-Chatfield purchased Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash & Professional Grooming with her husband in May of 2012. At the time, Scrubbers only had one location in Royal Oak. Now, this #bosslady has two more locations in Rochester Hills and West Bloomfield! This business caters to both dog and cat owners, allowing customers to wash their own pets using Scrubbers’ tubs, soap-free house shampoo, aprons, towels, wash cloths, ear cleaner, rubber scrubbers, and rakes. You can also schedule a grooming appointment with one of their professional groomers, or stop in for a quick nail trim.
Chinonye and Nneji Akunne founded ILERA Apothecary in 2015. This sister duo provides handmade vegan and organic skincare products right here in Detroit. You can join them on October 24th for a Perfume Making Workshop where participants can create their own custom perfume blends. Their products can be found at Détroit Is The New Black., Live Cycle Delight, Carter Snell Skin Center, Healthwise Enterprise, Thumbprint Gallery, & Earth -N- Soul.