International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. According to the day’s official website, the holiday is “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.”

Below is a short list of women led businesses and organizations in St. John’s that you can support today and all days.

Things to Do:

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St. John's International Women's Film Festival

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world – supporting and promoting the creative work of women in screen-based industries from around the world. The SJIWFF will celebrate its 30th annual Festival October 16-20, 2019 in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

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Fishing for Success - Island Rooms at Petty Harbour

Kimberly Orren, co-founder and project manager of Island Rooms of Petty Harbour Fishing for Success began the nonprofit social enterprise to share and celebrate the traditional fishing knowledge and culture that sustained generations of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

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Iceberg Quest

Co-owned by wife and husband team, Carol Anne Hayes and Capt. Barry Rogers, Iceberg Quest has an obsession for sharing Newfoundland’s charm.

Welcoming visitors from around the world to witness the icebergs, whales and seabirds that flock to our shores from May to September.

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Spirit of Newfoundland

Co-owned by Kathie Hicks, Spirit of Newfoundland in St. John’s provides thousands of locals and visitors with “a taste of Newfoundland culture” that you will never forget; including dinner & shows and screech in ceremonies.

Restaurants & Inns:

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Magnum & Steins

Co-owners Bernie and Denise Fowler have been equal partners in Magnum & Steins since they opened in December of 2001. “But,” Bernie jokes, “at the end of the day, she’s the boss.”

Magnum and Steins is a restaurant, Wine & Cocktail Bar offering fresh seasonal local food downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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O'Reilly's Irish Newfoundland Pub

Restauranteur and Chef, Brenda O’Reilly is the first female bar owner on George Street and was inspired by a love of live music, Newfoundland culture, and the art of hospitality.

O’Reilly’s Irish Newfoundland Pub focuses on live music – setting themselves apart from other similar establishments. Brenda also owns Yellowbelly Brewery, which is just around the corner from O’Reilly’s.


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Whink is anything but a typical gift shop. In fact, we refuse to use the word, and prefer to describe our products as jewelry, art, and things!

All our items are hand-selected by owner Kim Paddon and will stand out from other gifts, accessories, and jewelry you have encountered elsewhere.

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Posie Row

Anita Carroll was struggling to feed a young family on less than $10,000 a year when she made the decision to buy the business that became Posie Row & Co.

Posie Row & Co has established itself as a great place to shop and support local business people, a treat to the eyes for anyone interested in architecture and history, and a welcoming place for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds.

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Johnny Ruth

Johnny Ruth is an independent boutique, owned by Kim Winsor, is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in-store and online, featuring iconic Canadian fashion, beautiful jewelry designers and incredibly cool gifts.

Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, in historic downtown St. John’s, Newfoundland you can find items for yourself and your home while supporting local and Canadian artisans.

Published: March 8, 2019