In 2017, Johnstown, Ohio-native Paige Colley started thrifting and selling clothes on Instagram as a side hobby. Three years later, in November 2020, she branded the business as Coffee House Threads at her first pop-up shop at a local coffee house. With this pop-up, Coffee House Threads officially became Paige’s full-time job. When she was […]Read More
Three and a half years ago, Maddy Clements launched Junk Gold, an online thrifting boutique. At the time, Maddy’s intention was to share her passion for thrifting with others at an affordable price point. But, life got busy and as a result, Junk Gold was put on hiatus. At the beginning of the year, when […]Read More
Grace Pakola has been making art since before she knew how to walk. At least, that’s what her mom tells her. Still, the Colorado-based artist doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t making something. Now, she is pursuing her passion as a career by selling handmade journals through her online store. “Out of all the […]Read More
Cincinnati-native Devan Miller always knew she wanted to own her own business. When she was 12 years old, she had her first gig as a babysitter and three years later she started working her first official job. As someone who always had a passion for finding new ways to make money, Devan’s entrepreneurial mindset is […]Read More
When Grace Stone moved to London to complete her bachelor’s degree, she fell in love with the boutique fitness trend that was prevalent in the city. A native of Dallas, Texas, Grace hadn’t experienced a city as rich in fitness studios as London was, and when she moved back to Texas she wanted to nurture […]Read More
Tam Nguyen has always believed in promoting positive energy. While growing up in Vietnam, she became committed to learning about the Four Immeasurable of Buddhism [kindness, compassion, appreciating joy and equanimity] and what these four traits entail. Tam knew she wanted to take what she has learned and spread it to the communities around her […]Read More
When Danyelle and Dionna Gray began working on a social media networking app for women, they recognized an energy at their events that was unlike anything either of them had experienced before. Wanting to tap into this positive energy, the sisters dove into the world of experiential exhibits and launched the Womanish Experience in Chicago […]Read More
When social distancing was at its strictest back in April, Bowling Green State University student Tay Sauer took up knitting as a way to fill her time. Starting with smaller items like dishcloths and baby booties, she quickly moved up to baby blankets and bandanas. Now, Tay is crocheting and selling headbands in an attempt […]Read More
With some old paints and pent up creativity, Jessica Willis moved on from high school art classes to the simple curiosity of how far her work could take her in the future. Since moving on to college and even graduating, Jessica has always had an unbreakable passion for painting, but it wasn’t until recently that […]Read More
When Jacinta Harshe, a senior at the University of Washington, was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was left with a lot of free time. After realizing that face masks were quickly becoming part of society’s “new normal,” and her aversion to the basic blue surgical masks, she decided to fill that free […]Read More
When Meg Oyler lost her marketing job due to COVID-19, she was looking for any opportunity to stay on top of her finances. With a degree in marketing and a minor in photography, Meg was hoping to use this downtime at home to further explore her creative side. On a whim, she drove an hour […]Read More
Meg Vanbuskirk comes from a family of small business owners, but never envisioned herself as an entrepreneur. Instead, as a young girl she dreamed of being a teacher and graduated college with a degree in English education. It wasn’t until 2016, after she had been teaching high school English for six years, that Meg opened […]Read More
Paige Kirby’s passion project has been in the works for two years. In the fall of 2018, she began toying with the idea of starting her own fashion boutique, but as a full-time student at Ohio University involved in a variety of student organizations, the dream never came to fruition. But, it was always at […]Read More
Like many ambitious women, Stephanie Tersigni always had a very vivid dream of where she wanted to end up in life: owning a small fashion boutique. But, for Stephanie this was a long-term goal. She didn’t expect to open her own business just four years after graduating from college and she definitely could not have […]Read More
On May 15, Kaylie Harden posted three images of handmade jewelry displays on her Twitter account. Each display features a corkboard area and a wire section for storing earrings, a rod for rings, a wooden shelf and three hanging hooks for necklaces. Plus, they are all hand painted in a variety of colors and themes. […]Read More
When Columbus-based designer Kate Stevens began selling handmade jewelry at craft shows in 2009, she didn’t have any prior experience as a jewelry maker. But, as an Ohio University alumna graduating with a degree in retail merchandising with a focus in fine arts during the midst of the recession, she was struggling to find a […]Read More
When Krystal Persaud graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in industrial design, she struggled to find a job in her field. What would typically be seen as a roadblock for most people, halting their careers, was simply just one obstacle that Persaud knew she had to overcome. So, she took a […]Read More
As the conversation around climate change and the push for sustainability grows, the fashion industry has made an effort to do its part to contribute by promoting sustainable fashion. But, the effort isn’t limited to high-end designers and companies; many smaller designers and businesses are also working to promote the consumption of recycled and repurposed […]Read More
Hey, I’m Grace!
As a senior studying magazine journalism at Ohio University and a passionate feminist, I created Freely Femme as a way to use my love for storytelling to highlight some of the most inspirational women in my personal life and beyond.
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