• The Collective, a Stamford Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Supports Women-Owned Businesses

    December 10th, 2019, Stamford , CT – Are unique clothing, jewelry, food, beverages, skincare, scents, fine art and crafts on your holiday shopping list? The inaugural WBDC holiday pop-up shop, The Collective, offers gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list – while supporting local, women-owned businesses who are WBDC clients. The Collective is open Wednesdays – Saturdays from December 11 – 21, from 10 am – 6 pm, at 13 Spring Street, Stamford, CT

    “Conscious holiday shoppers are looking for a better reason than discounts to tick off their holiday shopping list, and supporting women-owned businesses is an economic driver,” said Fran Pastore, CEO and Founder, The Women’s Business Development Council. “As women-owned businesses are on the rise, WBDC is always looking for ways to support them. With The Collective, WBDC has found a way to feature their clients — women-owned, local businesses — by having their products featured in a beautiful holiday boutique.”

    “Women-owned businesses have challenges to accessing capitals and markets. We see this as a pilot program to serve our clients, that may evolve into something more permanent in the future,” Pastore said. “With the increase in women-owned small businesses we urge shoppers to use their holiday dollars and their economic voice to support these women entrepreneurs.”


    The Collective vendors:

    Stella Danker:DoGoodShop

    Ani Khachian: Ani Fine Jewelry 

    Marisa Kurz: Marisa Kurz Jewelry

    Maria Pietrobon: Caffè Bon

    Christine Ranhosky: Alloro Collection

    Annabelle Santos: Spadet 

    Corey Tolkin: Unbakeables

    Louise Joseph: Dough Girls

    Asami Green: Asami

    Ruth Sutcliffe-Heagney: Essential Awakenings

    For more information shoppers can call 203-353-1750.

    About the Women’s Business Development Council

    The Women’s Business Development Council’s (WBDC) mission is to support economic prosperity for women and strengthen communities through entrepreneurial and financial education services that create and grow sustainable jobs and businesses across Connecticut. WBDC educates, motivates and empowers women to achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. Whether a client is starting or growing a business, WBDC drives business success in a tangible and accessible way by engaging clients with access to education, markets and capital.

    Now in its third decade, WBDC has educated and assisted more than 14,000 clients to launch and scale over 5,900 businesses. In their pursuit of economic independence, these women have created and maintained over 6,000 jobs in Connecticut.

    WBDC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has offices in Stamford, Derby and New London, CT. Please visit for more information.