Women-Owned Businesses: Hampton’s Empowered Entrepreneurs

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re excited to spotlight some of the exceptional Women-Owned Businesses in Hampton. These dynamic enterprises play a pivotal role in our local economy, infusing our community with energy and innovation. Join us in celebrating their achievements by supporting and visiting these remarkable establishments. Here’s your guide to discover and uplift these inspiring ventures.

Kristine Inchausti, SeeWhich Books

Kristine Inchausti, owner of SeeWhich Books in Hampton

 Meet Kristine Inchausti, the innovative mind behind SeeWhich Books, located in the heart of Phoebus. Raised in a multicultural family with a British mother and Mexican father, Kristine’s childhood instilled in her a profound appreciation for diversity and the cultural tapestry of our world. While living in the Washington D.C. metro area, she recognized the crucial need for representation for all individuals.

On her personal journey, Kristine discovered her own neurodiversity, being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 44. At SeeWhich Books, Kristine proudly showcases a curated selection of works by BIPOC, LGBTQ, authors with health conditions or impairments, and voices that deserve to be heard. SeeWhich Books serves as a vibrant community hub, hosting book clubs, journal readings, and a variety of engaging events. Step into this welcoming sanctuary, where readers and explorers of all backgrounds unite to explore new narratives and celebrate the beauty of inclusivity.

Explore the hand-picked selection of underrepresented authors, neurodiversity, and children’s books at SeeWhich Books, 15 South Hope St. Hampton, VA 23663. 

Stephanie Rolla, Sinful Treats 

bright pink storefront of Sinful Treats bakery in Hampton

 Introducing Stephanie Rolla, the dedicated owner of Sinful Treats, a charming local bakery that has been sinfully sweet. Stephanie’s culinary journey began at County Grill while she was attending Christopher Newport University. She quickly fell in love with the restaurant industry’s fast-paced environment, finding a perfect outlet for her lively personality and gift of gab. A decade ago, Stephanie embarked on her baking adventure right from her kitchen in Poquoson. As her passion for baking flourished it led to the expansion of Sinful Treats into a beloved food truck. 

Today, Sinful Treats has established its permanent home in Hampton. The brick-and-mortar location is a delightful haven for anyone with a sweet tooth, offering a tempting array of delectable treats to satisfy every craving.

Indulge in your sweet tooth at Sinful Treats, 1301 N King St, Hampton, VA 23669. 

Lashonda Sanford, Scratch Bakery 

Lashonda Sanford, owner of Scratch Bakery 

 Meet Lashonda Sanford, the talented baker and visionary behind Scratch Bakery. Originally from Kentucky, Lashonda is a self taught connoisseur of custom cakes and exquisite cake designs. Her culinary adventure began with a home baking service, but it was her renowned Gooey Bars that truly made her a local sensation, paving the way for her to open her first brick and mortar location.

With unwavering dedication, Lashonda has expanded Scratch Bakery from its humble beginnings to two bustling locations in Hampton and Newport News. Her success has even earned her a coveted spot on Season 7 of the Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship. 

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Indulge in the magic of Scratch Bakery and taste the delicious journey crafted by Lashonda herself. Visit Scratch Bakery’s Hampton location at 19 E Mellen St. 

Lakesha Brown-Renfro, Nzinga Teule-Hekima, and Tanecia Willis; Mango Mangeaux

Lakesha Brown-Renfro, Nzinga Teule-Hekima, and Tanecia Willis; co-owners of Mango Mangeaux in Hampton, Virginia

 Presenting the dynamic trio behind Mango Mangeaux, Lakesha Brown-Renfro, Nzinga Teule-Hekima, and Tanecia Willis. Originally known as the ‘Mango Ladies’, their culinary journey began when their mango preserve gained popularity for its unique flavors. Their entrepreneurial spirit led them to showcase their talents on Shark Tank, making waves not only for their business but also putting Hampton on the national map! 

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Mango Mangeaux offers a delectable fusion of French, Creole, and NeoSoul flavors. Beyond the restaurant, these powerhouse women have built an empire of family-owned businesses in Phoebus, including Simply Panache Spa, Simply Panache Place, The Hampton, Noir Lounge, and Charlotte’s Cafeteria. 

Continuing to make strides in Coastal Virginia, they’ve recently launched a cookbook,”Are You Ready For This Jelly?” sharing their expertise in culinary arts, wellness, lodging and health. Dive into the world of these remarkable women and savor the flavors of their success!

See what all the hype is about when you dine at Mango Mangeaux, 33 E Mellen St., Hampton, VA  23663. 


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