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The X-Files, Part 3: A list of entrepreneurial ventures run by women

This is part 3 of the series on entrepreneurial ventures run by women. You can also visit part 1 and part 2 for more categories.

In part 3, I’ve listed all our talented women who are a whizz in the kitchen. Whether it’s baking delicious cupcakes, catering for large get-togethers, giving you a taste of Indian cuisine, or showing you the healthy way – you’ll find everything related to food here. (*Please note that these are all based in Bangalore).


Curry Classes, Sandhya Aiyer Oza
Description: Customised cooking classes
email: sandhya.oza@curryclasses.com
Website: Curry Classes
Her story:
curryclassesCurry Classes is now based in Whitefield, Bangalore. Looking to teach and help first timers, young brides to be, bachelors and anyone interested in learning simple ways of cooking. A well cooked meal at home is healthier than a take away. If anyone cares for what goes into that meal you eat it will be you… so STOP thinking cooking is tough, START thinking of what you would like to learn. Get together with your friends and make a small group to have a fun session at Curry Classes.

Do it Sweet, Heena Awasthi
Description: Home baker and cake artist
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pages/Do-It-Sweet/111900172238745
Her story:
I’m a home bakers and a cake artist who does theme cake and cupcake. But the other side is gateau, mousse cake, pies, tarts. Customisation is my main focus whether theme or flavour. I make everything fresh and on order with at least 4 days advance notice.

Little Bites, Shweta
Contact: +91-98452 35638
Facebook: Little Bites
Her story:
I run ‘Little Bites’ which caters exclusively for children’s parties. Our USP is non spicy, tasty and fun looking food :)

1010207_581653108583265_1324805368_nMs K Cupcakes & Sugar Angels, Katherine Deborah Abel
Description: Designer cake boutique
Facebook: Ms.K.Cupcakes and Sugar Angels
Her story:
I run Ms.K Cupcakes and Sugar Angels; the former a designer cake boutique and the latter is a non profit organization that provides celebration cakes and cupcakes to critically ill and underprivileged kids and their families.

nivashPatisserie Nitash, Navaz (along with her husband Nitash)
Description: Patisserie
Contact: 99864 21069 or 98454 27364
Facebook: Patisserie Nitash
Her story:
We are a Patisserie specializing in cakes and desserts like cheesecake, brownies, French style macaroons, tarts etc.

Saffrontrail, Nandita Iyer
Description:Nutrition Consultant / Cooking Workshops / Freelance food & lifestyle writer
email: saffrontrail@gmail.com
Facebook: Saffron Trail
Twitter>: @saffrontrail
Website/Blog: Saffron Trail
Her story:
Safffron TrailA medical doctor who got into nutrition, healthy cooking, writing about it and finally into teaching cooking, among other things – I conduct niche workshops like making salads, baking your own bread and also healthy bakes. I also conduct corporate workshops in healthy cooking / eating. Apart from this, I write on food/healthcare for several magazines and publications. Long distance consultations and counselling on nutrition and lifestyle management is also one of the things I do.

Say you Made it, Sahar Adil
Description: Home catering
Contact: +91 8041128555
Facebook: SayYouMadeIt
Her story:
sayyoumadeitNo need to panic. Just call us, place your order, (atleast 24 hours in advance), collect it, serve it, and then just “Say You Made It”. Simple. We take home catering orders for 4-40 people (and in the vicinity). We specialize in customized menu’s of our dishes which are mostly signature, which vary from a European-Mediterranean menu to the Indian delicacies that have been in our family for generations now. So for family dinners, shindigs with your friends, laid back potlucks, fun birthdays and even elegant corporate soirees we can really create a nice menu for and bring a difference to.

Since we couldn’t decide what we love more, eating or cooking for our family and friends, the stars conveniently aligned on the marriage of the two – and so “Say You Made It” was born. So every-time you don’t want to cook, but need to just give us a call, ‘ cause “you keep the credit, we’ll take the orders.” :)

Sin-A-Mon, Monika Manchanda
Description: Home-based baking boutique
Facebook: Sinamontales
Her story:
I run Sin-A-Mon a home based boutique baking setup. At Sin-A-Mon our focus is to bring the best of the flavours to you. We do cakes, breads, pies, desserts and also specialise in alcohol based cakes, desserts and cupcakes. We also do culinary workshops around baking, take food consulting projects and have a hugely (if I may say so) popular food blog.

Soul Bakers, Meeta Walavalkar-Hattangadi
Description: Healthy organic breads
Contact: 099 00 250704
email: meeta.walavalkar@gmail.com
Her story:
We make healthy organic breads free of preservatives and chemical substitutes. Start your day the healthy way with wholewheat based breads and bakes. Say bye to maida, dalda based breads and bakes. Cut those calories and carbs and enjoy yummy and healthy breakfast every morning. Stay fit, stay happy.

thecakeairyThe CakeAiry, Blossom
Description: Home bakery
Contact: 9986990668
Facebook: The Cake Airy
Her story:
I am a full time flight attendant and in my spare time I run a part-time home bakery called The CakeAiry in Hennur. Apart from baking I am a jam/ marmalade/ chutney concocter. I work purely on an order basis.

Watch out for the last of this series (part 4) in the works, which will have two more categories:


The X-Files, Part 2: A list of entrepreneurial ventures run by women

This series is a continuation from Part 1. These are all run and led by women entrepreneurs.

In Part 2, I’ve listed three categories:

So, without any further ado, here’s the first category:


A SunnyDisposition, Susan John
Description: Bags and clutches
Facebook: ASunnyDisposition
Her story:
Whether you’re looking for those absolute essentials or for that luxurious Indo chic makeover, A Sunny Disposition has it. What you find in the shop is both versatile and flexible giving you an access to the different looks you’ve wanted and more- be it ethnic or contemporary, chic or bohemian.

Flames of the Forest, Mrinalini Cariapa
Description: Designer silver jewelry with semi-precious gems
Contact: +91 9880673144
Facebook: Flames of the Forest
Her story:
flamesoftheforestI founded Flames of the Forest, an exclusive collection of designer jewelry, in 2006. I travel extensively to source rare semi-precious gems – like coral fossil, jaspers, solar quartz, lodolite -and sets them in sterling silver, turning them into unique wearable jewelry. Occasionally, on my quests for these gems, I stumbles upon the odd raw emerald, unpolished aquamarine or streaked turquoise, and handcraft these rare stones into magnificent works of art.

My designs draw inspiration from nature, making them appealing to women of any age. These timeless creations are the perfect accessories to both, ethnic and western wear. Being highly qualified in the discipline of jewelry and semi-precious stones, I take special care that the stones I use have not been dyed or treated with any unnatural process.

I also hold workshops, a great way to get a hands-on experience designing and crafting jewelry – a great way for a layperson to get a hands-on experience designing and crafting jewelry. Handcrafting each other’s engagement rings has become an increasingly popular trend among urban couples today. This fun activity is available upon request at my studio in Whitefield, Bangalore.

Paarisha, Chinanshu Sharma
Description: Neckpieces, Bracelets, Anklets, Earrings, Belts and brooches.
email: chinanshu@gmail.com
Facebook: Paarisha by Chinanshu
Website: Paarisha
Her story:
Paarisha is my collection of handmade jewellery. Inspiration for this comes from everything and anything around me. I like to experiment with different things and my first collection is called ‘rang’ (colour). Which is beads in contemporary style and goes well with western wear and traditional wear and aims to add colour to your wardrobe.

rumaanRumaan Crafts, Widad Mogral
Description: Handmade jewellery, wire-wrapped jewellery
email: rumaancrafts@yahoo.com
Online store: ebay
Facebook: RumaanCrafts
Her story:
I make unique wire wrapped and handmade jewellery. If you like anything you see, please email me, I will get back to you with prices.

The Jewelry Project, Deepti Sudhindra
Description: Jewelry
Facebook: The Jewelry Project

Ssara Designs, Sharon Idiculla
Contact: +91-9845759952
Description: Silver Jewellery
email: ssaradesigns@gmail.com
Facebook: Ssaradesigns
Store: At her Indiranagar residence (by appointment)
Her story:
I have always been fond of jewellery and after college, working with it seemed like the best option for me. Little did I know how much I would love it! When working at my table, I can forget the world around me and completely relax.

Started in 2008, Ssara Designs specializes in creating handmade sterling silver jewellery with precious/semi-precious beads. Inspiration for each unique piece comes from everything around me but mostly from the materials themselves. I also work with clients to create jewellery that is custom-made to their needs and tastes. Ssara Designs jewellery can be picked up from me directly from my home in Indiranagar (by appointment) or from exhibitions in Bangalore. I have also started domestic shipping.

Silver Nut Tree, Rituparna and Angeline
Contact: 9686314113, 9008151302
Description: Upcycled Home decor, Upcycled Jewellery
email: silver.nut.tree@gmail.com
Facebook: SilverNutTree
Their story:
Silver Nut Tree, it started with a humble PET Plastic Bottle which showed the promise of becoming a treasure that no owner would want to throw away ending in our planets already bulging landfills and polluted oceans. The designers themselves realized that PET Plastic is just one among the potential hazards and went on to find ways to UP- CYCLE punctured rubber tubes, bottle caps, washers, nuts, CD’s and even glass bottles.
At Silver Nut Tree the experiments go on, on a daily basis turning ‘trash’ into viable beautiful products aptly named “The Phoenix” range. In Greek mythology, a phoenix is a long-lived bird that is cyclically regenerated or reborn. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor.

Trishna Online Jewellery Store, Rekha Krishnaprasad
Description: Temple jewellery at your doorstep
Email: trishnajewellery@gmail.com
Facebook: Trishna Jewellery
Her story:
An online store that brings these pieces of beautiful and desired temple jewellery to you.


Amodha, Asha and Alisha Raghavan
Contact: +91 9845669482 & +91 96204 99566
Description: Handloom weaves
email: asha@amodhadesigns.com and alisha@amodhadesign.com
Facebook: Amodha
Website: Amodha Designs
Their story:
Celebrating the magic of the handloom weaves, Amodha (meaning joy in Sanskrit) presents its eclectic musings as it adds a hint of contemporary to the traditional, infusing weaves with a little magic, a little imagination and most importantly an ardent admiration for the elegance and subtlety of hand crafted indian weaves.

Areev, Ally Mathan
Description: Natural handmade products
Contact: 080 4124 8717
email: ally@matthan.com
Website: Areev
areevHer story:
Areev is a pioneer in natural handmade products and aspires to grow into a leading home grown Indian brand of naturally derived products. Resolutely of natural origin and derivatives. Because we believe that a natural commitment is vital to foster the future of our lives on this planet. Our passion for fragrances and natural ingredients has resulted in a lovely line of bath and lip products made from naturally derived ingredients.

Our products are never tested on animals – only on willing human beings. We search for the highest quality ingredients at the best price so as to keep your Areev experience affordable.

BAJA The New You, Amrutha John and Babita Jaishankar
Description: New age clothing brand
Facebook: Baja,
Ask Babita
Website: Babita Shankar
Their story:
BAJA is all about dressing up the contemporary Indian woman, comfortable, who is confident, and in control, empowered by technology that enables her to share her views, cull information and communicate with others. Our clothing range is as versatile as today’s woman, with the right mix of traditional and western wear. We have the perfect outfits for you, whether you are a high flying corporate executive or an entrepreneur, a bride or a mom to be. Our western wear is designed with today’s Indian woman in mind, flattering and complementing Indian body types. Our traditional wear has a modern yet classic look, which is achieved by using indigenous textiles and prints with modern cuts and drapes.

We also have WSol (Wardrobe solutions), which is all about transformations; from head to toe and inside out. We offer a comprehensive suite of fashion and image makeover solutions, with an emphasis on customizing packages to individual style, preferences and life goals. We conduct individual consultations and workshops, all aimed at enhancing your self-confidence, with the help of the right image, grooming and attitude.

DresSmart, Sandhya Oza
Description: Personal Shopper Experience, Image Makeover Inside Out, Grooming sessions for women of all ages, Motivational sessions for mums
Email: Sandhyaoza@gmail.com
Facebook: DresSmartbySAndhyaOza
dresSmartHer story:
DresSmart is all about helping you work on your inner and outer IMAGE… It is about feeling beautiful from within to conquer your fears and win over your confidence. Trying to reach out to ladies and youngsters of all age groups who are looking to get a little help in dressing up well, helping (ladies/mums/homemakers) them realise that they have to take a few minutes out in the day to concentrate on themselves too.

IHA, Merryn Mathew
Contact: +91-9972572726 for an appointment.
Description: Elegant and contemporary sarees
email : merrynmathew@gmail.com
Facebook: IHA.Woman (can also place orders online)
Store: 37, 1st floor; MEG Officers Colony, Close to ITC Infotech, Cox Town,
Bangalore – 560033
Iha cover pageHer story:
Iha houses elegant and contemporary sarees, salwar fabrics and dupattas for today’s woman. The collection is carefully sourced and handpicked from all over India, so each piece is unique, special and delightfully different. Iha was conceptualised with a realization that merging sophistication with tradition is the essence of today’s woman. My love for travel and textiles, takes me to traditonal weavers all over India and the Iha collection is curated with a keen eye for design, elegance and purity.

Prakriti Herbals, Neeta Adappa
Description: Natural Beauty Products (haircare/skincare)
Facebook: PrakritiHerbals
Her story:
At “Prakriti Herbals” we customise and personalise natural products to suit your skin and hair perfectly, after helping you diagnose your skin and hair type. Our beautiful range of exclusive organic and herbal cosmetics with natural ingredients rejuvenate and refresh the skin&hair naturally.Trusted by corporates like Wipro and 5 star hotel like the Royal Orchid Group of Hotels countrywide. Organic and herbal skincare and haircare cosmetics free from harmful chemicals and not tested on animals.

makeupMake-Up Artist, Shalini
Contact: +91-9611404000
email: shalini.s.narayanan@hotmail.com
Her story:
I am a professional makeup artist! I worked with MAC cosmetics for the last 2 years! I do shoots, bridal makeup and currently working on a Telugu feature film! I am open to different opportunities.

The Leather Boutique, Jayanti Bhattarchya
Contact: 80 4098 4777
Description: Bags, jackets and accessories
Facebook: The Leather Boutique
Website: The Leather Boutique
Store: 965 , 1st Floor, 12th Main, Indiranagar (Above Phobidden Fruit), Bangalore, India 560038

Fresh Sashimi, Apoorva Vadi
Description: E-commerce store for clothing and fashion
Website: French Sashimi
Launching soon!


FitMermaids, Pooja Bhatia Arora
Description: Aqua aerobics classes
Contact: 097 39 011246
email: pooja@fitmermaids.com
Website: FitMermaids
Her story:
fitmermaidsAqua aerobics is the fun way to burn calories and be fit . Challenge yourself with an intense pool workout which is safe on your joints. How many times have you given up your fitness regime in the past ? I know… we all have, we all need a fitness buddy to motivate and guide and push. It’s easy to slip into a mode where we don’t exercise, let stress take over and then the vicious circle starts. Fitmermaids is your buddy who will hold your hand… motivate, guide for making a healthful change in your life!

Glutenfreeliv.in, Jeeva Anna George
Description: Gluten free baked products, and sometimes GFCF Vegan and GFnut free, soy free, sugar free etc. as well. All free forms basically.
Blog: Jeeva Musings
Contact: jeeva@glutenfreeliv.in
Facebook: GFIndia
Twitter: @JAGGlutenfree
Her story:
Glutenfreeliv.in launched in Sept 2013 seeks to be your answer to the gluten free lifestyle in India. Jeeva Bakes, Jeeva Guides and Jeeva Initiates are the 3 separate areas of operation. From baking and ideating on gluten free products to acting as a consultant to the Indian retail industry, Jeeva Initiates focuses on spreading awareness on celiac and spear heading talks with government and policy makers in consultation and close co-ordination with gluten free manufacturers, doctors and the celiac community in India.

SPA.ce, Nina Bual
Description: Spa
Cunningham road 08041327526
Indiranagar/Domlur 080 42171052
Her story:
SPA.ce the spa, is one of Bangalores most established spa brands, known for its unique spaces, and excellent product. Spa.ce offers customers everything from a 20 minute massage to a complete day of indulgence.

YogasopanamTM Wellness, Deepa Kannan (along with her husband)
Description: Yoga
email: info@yogasopanam.com
Studio: No 17, SBI Officers Colony, Koramangala, 3rd Block, Bangalore
Website: Yogasopanam
Her story:
yogasopanamI was introduced to yoga as a child twenty years ago and thought it was the most boring practice ever! Years later, during a difficult phase in life, I caught a glimpse of a random yoga class in Bangalore and was inspired to try it out. What began as just a hobby to whittle away extra hours, soon became a beautiful and meaningful journey where I discovered natural ease of movements and the tremendous benefits of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa.?My quest for perfection took me to the Sivananda Yoga ashram in Kerala, where I underwent extensive training in the practices of hatha yoga and raja yoga. I conduct private classes, group sessions, as well as classes on pre and post natal yoga in and around Bangalore.

Tai Chi, Bindu Vaz
Contact: +91 9620514246
Facebook: Tai Chi
Her story:
SAM_5395I am a Tai Chi instructor and the classes are for adults and children age 12 and above. Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of so – called forms which consist of a sequence of movements. Many of these movements are originally derived from the martial arts (and perhaps even more ancestrally than that, from the natural movements of animals and birds) although the way they are performed in Tai Chi is slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them. Tai Chi is a form of exercise that encompasses the body and the mind.

Also read Part 1

Up next is Part 3 listing talented women who are experts in the kitchen: CATERING, BAKING, FOOD, CULINARY CLASSES, HEALTH FOOD

The X-Files, Part 1: A list of entrepreneurial ventures run by women

The last few months have been an amazing journey for me. Not only did I take the next steps with my own ceramics venture, MyArtitude, I got introduced to The Friday Convent (TFC), through which I got to know several women who are striking out on their own. The start-ups and ventures range from kids services and education; to event planning and PR; home decor and jewellery to content and photography – the list is endless. Though most of these women are based in Bangalore, most of the services cover the rest of India and even overseas locations.

Anything you want – and you can find the solutions or the service. All run by women who have decided to quit their corporate jobs and work on their own terms. An extremely encouraging sign in these times when flexibility has become so very important, rather than being tied to desk jobs. There’s nothing wrong with the latter, of course. In fact, there are definite advantages of the corporate life and climbing up the ladder – a fixed income, predictability and a “plan”. Whereas, in the world of entrepreneurship and start-ups, it’s the exact opposite. But in spite of all the obstacles, women are forging ahead and not only setting up businesses and ventures, but running them quite efficiently. And to top it all, they are doing it while managing families, raising kids and a multitude of different challenges.

My effort is to compile a list of women-led and run ventures (who are also a part of TFC) – they can be stores, online services, consultancies, services – which can serve as a ready reckoner. Feel free to bookmark it, share it and pass it around! Here is Part 1 (in alphabetical order).


Casa de Regalos India, Neha Arya
Contact: +91-98451 68518
Description: Premium home decor, children’s products and gifting products
email: casaderegalosindia@hotmail.com
FB: CasaDeRegalosIndia
Twitter: @casaderegalosindia
Her story:
casaregalosMy name is Neha Arya and along with my sister-in-law from Mumbai (Nalini Seksaria), we started Casa De Regalos which means house of gifts in Spanish. We personally source our products from across the globe and sell them through Facebook, exhibitions and online portals. We have also started supplying to several stores in Mumbai and Bangalore.

EnthuCutlets, Antara and Namrata
Contact: +91-99009 33095
Description: Lifestyle products in bags, home decor, jewellery and accessories
email: writetoenthucutlets@gmail.com
Facebook: Enthucutlets
Retails online at: Annika
Physical stores: (which stock their products)
d cube- Plot No 560 A, Phase III, 1st Floor
Road No. 92, Jubilee Hills; Hyderabad – 33
By the way, Under the Mango Tree, Richmond town,Bangalore
The Orange Bicycle, House No. 3353, 5th Cross, 12th A Main, HAL II Stage, Bangalore, India 560038
Their story:
A place you call home should be about you. We believe that art on your walls speaks of you & tastefully done home adds verve to your living space. At Enthucutlets, we want to recreate that little something that is personal – something in your kitchen that’s handcrafted, a spread that reflects your hue, a drape that is wrapped in warmth. We like useful to be beautiful & we like affordable to be personable. You’ll find seasons and festivities stitched into our products. They’ll compliment the muscatel brew in your tea cup as they’ll augment the lacquer of your coffee table. Our products will help you reminisce, or remind your of all things handmade thats borne out of love. pin-up or soft boards for home, wooden handcrafted kitchen roll stands, banana fibre boxes, photo frames, magnetic black boards, kitchen wall art.

indisplashIndisplash, Poonam Sehrawat
Contact: +91-9739763701
Description: Handcrafted products
Facebook: Indisplash
Website: www.indisplash.com
Her story:
Indisplash creates one of a kind “hand crafted” products for home decor. Most of our products are inspired from Indian textiles and crafts. Every Indisplash piece is crafted with exquisite care & attention to minor details which makes a home look special.

Karaashilp, Tanushree
Blog: http://blog.karaashilp.com
Facebook: Karaashilp
Website: www.karaashilp.com
Physical stores:
Bangalore: Kitschdii, 100ft, Indiranagar and Asmara, HRBR Layout, ORR
Pune: The Little Quirk Shop, Wanavadi
Her story:
karashilpI run a hand crafted products venture by the name – Karaashilp Creations Pvt Ltd. Karaashilp which means “Hand Craft” in Sanskrit. Through KaraaShilp, we wish to revive the interest and appreciation for meticulously and lovingly made handcrafted products as also fuse western and Indian crafts to make contemporary lifestyle products in bags, home decor, jewellery and accessories. Our popular eco-range has products upcycled from denims, cargos, corduroys, cocoons, glass and premium range has products from eco friendly materials like fabric, jute, wood. We also run “Crochet for Beginner” classes in Bangalore.

Kynkyny Home, Namu Kini (along with her husband, Vivek Radhakrishnan)
Contact: 080 4092 6202 and 080 4092 6206
Description: Designs and manufactures world-class, European-style furniture with super-high quality standards
email: contact@kynkyny.com
Website: www.kynkyny.com/home
Location: 104 Embassy Square, 148 Infantry Road, Bangalore, India 560001
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm
Their story:
The company is based in Bangalore, India, and run by its creative director Vivek Radhakrishnan, a graduate from The Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Each piece of furniture is an artful blend of design, unpretentious aesthetics and a high degree of user-friendliness. Created with locally-grown, sustainable solid wood, the products are put together by a team of highly-skilled technicians. The common thread yoking these varied creations is an emphasis on simple lines and graceful proportions, coupled with the ability to transcend trends and stay relevant through time.

Named after the places that inspired them, Kynkyny Home currently showcases an intriguing assortment of products for the bedroom, study, living and dining room. In addition, Kynkyny Home does custom work and often works in association with architects and other designers, as well as with artists. Kynkyny Home also developed the set for Conversations with Namu Kini – Live, in collaboration with Maia Design, engineered to be assembled and dismantled each time.

MyArtitude, Anita Bora
Description: Ceramics and handmade pottery
email: anitabora at gmail.com
Facebook: myartitudeindia
Store: Indiranagar (by appointment only)
Her story:
MyArtitudeI began MyArtitude to showcase the handmade functional pottery range that is crafted by my sister, Ranjita Bora. Ranjita works out of Golden Bridge Pottery, Pondicherry and has trained under reknowned potters Ray Meeker and Debra Smith. Her work focuses on mainly functional pottery. So these are great for your house, and also make for ideal gifts for friends, family and loved ones on any occasion.

Whether on the dining table, on your kitchen shelves, use some of these handmade products and add a dash of style and colour to your home and garden. Apart from the in-house range, I also try and curate the works of other potters from different places in the country to offer a variety of designs and products, especially for lovers of handmade terracotta, pottery and ceramic art.

Rainbow Bunting, Saritha Ashok
Description: Vibrant handmade products
email: rainbowbunting@gmail.com
Facebook: RainbowBunting
Her story:
rainbowbuntingWe at “Rainbow Bunting” intend to bring a joyous spirit to your home with our colourful and vibrant handmade products. A colorful bunting welcomes you to a world of festivities ,celebration and happiness.A decorative item which adds a cheerful splash of colours to the ambiance.We at “Rainbow Bunting” intend to bring that joyous spirit and fervor to your home with our handmade products like buntings, pouches, coasters, fridge magnets etc. We are based in Bangalore but take up orders outside Bangalore too.

The Chalk Boutique, Kajal Daga & Kavita Chowdhri
Contact: +91-9448458985
Description: Lifestyle store
Facebook: The Chalk Boutique
Address: The Chalk Boutique, Above Cocoon Day Spa, Near Hope Farm Jn, Opp ICICI Bank, Whitefield Main Road, Bangalore-66
Their story:
Chalk BoutiqueTucked away in a charming bungalow in an unassuming residential neighbourhood of Whitefield lies our quaint little store filled with all things pretty and colourful. Vivid and splashy garden accessories at our little terrace beckons you to walk into our little world of delight.

Being chartered accountants by profession, this was a leap for us. But it all started with our conversation over endless cups of chai discussing how we would love to have something of our own and still have fun while doing it. The idea of having a store came instantly to both of us. This had been a part of our dream since long is what we discovered. A lot of people ask us why we named our store The Chalk Boutique. For one, we both are fond of doodling and use a black board quite often in our homes. Second, we want our store to be ever evolving and felt that a chalkboard signifies the same.

At our store, you will find home accessories, garden accessories, clothes, jewellery, handbags, organizers, footwear, handpicked studio pottery, designer candles, baskets, trays, coasters, cushion covers, vintage photo frames, wall art, refurbished wooden frames and much more. We have products in every range starting from Rs 150 and going up to Rs 8000. Each product is handpicked to give the customer that unique shopping experience.

World O’Ceramica, Aruna Padmanabhan
Contact: +91-9880041648
Description: Handicrafts
email: worldoceramica@gmail.com
Facebook: worldoceramica
Website: World O’ Ceramica
Retails online: http://www.pepplr.com/worldoceramica
Her story:
I picked up the love for handicrafts at college. A group of friends, the love for beauty and a little free time introduced me to the whole new world of creativity.

worldoceramicaThe first display of the work was a stall of amateur work displayed to a group of friends and relatives (Jan 2002). Surprisingly, it proved to be profitable. A couple of exhibitions later, I found my path alone and started my own business.

My work now includes Handcrafted artifacts decorated with Ceramic designs using primarily upcycled materials. You can buy my work online, through Facebook or at exhibitions in Bangalore.

Yellow Button Store, Curated by Madhavi Rongola
Contact: 080-25262108, 9741511733
Description: Jewelry, Bags & Baskets, Clothes, Home Decor
Facebook: Yellow Button Store
Store Timings: 11am to 7:30pm, Open everyday
Her story:
yellowbuttonYellow Button Store is an independent retail store carrying an eclectic mix of inspired products. Stocking a variety of affordable clothing, jewelry, bags, baskets and home accessories you will find that perfect something amongst our handpicked products. Come visit us at our store or shop online and get yourself a fun something that’s bright and beautiful.

Yellow Dots, Gauri Chandra
Contact: +91-99 00 079464
Description: Interior Design
email: gauri@yellowdots.in
Facebook: yellowdots
Website: www.yellowdots.in
Her story:
yellowdotsYellow Dots is a highly acclaimed interior design & home styling consultancy that provides personalized styling solutions for homes. Classic or contemporary. Understated or flamboyant. Ethnic or western. Our clients range from busy mums, to jet-setting professionals, to those moving into a new house.

They find our services helpful for a variety of reasons – sometimes they are unsure of where to start, or have a busy schedule and don’t find the time for it, or they’ve been putting it off thinking that it would cost a small fortune, or want a one-stop-shop and avoid the hassle of dealing with an army of contractors. Our objective is to enhance their homes with their individual touch.

Services: Architect, Kavita Sastry
Contact: +91-98452 51612
Description: Architecture, interiors and landscape design services
email: mail-kavisastry@gmail.com
Location: 98,16 main, Koramangala 4 B block, Bangalore
Her story:
After completing my B.Arch from BMS Engg college, I worked with reputed architectural firms for the first 5 years. That was suffocating and wanting to test my creative limits I decided to strike out on my own. Fifteen years and 2 kids later, I’m happy doing a few quality projects every year. Most of  my work is through referrals from satisfied clients. My design philosophy is a simple marriage of form and function, aesthetics and practicality using elements that are organic, natural and sustainable with a wow factor. I usually love a bit of drama… be it through art,a quirky piece of furniture, lighting or an accessory. Though I love doing up homes, I’ve recently completed a restaurant, a wine bar (Bangalore’s first), a dental clinic, a mattress showroom, corporate offices, a boutique hotel. Variety… IS the spice of life!


shewhoknitsShe Who Knits, Madhu Mehra
Contact: mmmadhumehra@gmail.com
Description: Knitting
email: +91-9449348098
Facebook: SheWhoKnits
Her story:
I knit scarves, booties, socks, neckwarmers, hats… anything that can be knit! (except sweaters) Prices vary depending on the wool used, pattern, size. The same colours may not be available but we will give you a great palette. If you’re in Bangalore you can come by and select your colours.

stitched2save9Stitched2Save9, Josephine
Description: Handmade products sewn from recycled material
Contact: stitched2save9@gmail.com
Facebook: Stitched2Save9
Online shopping: http://stitched2save9.itshandmade.in
Her story:
I sew bags / yogamat bags / different pouches etc from upcycled material… Sewn, up-cycled, stitched, bags, books & ‘just-stuff’ to use, reuse and reduce our ecological footprint… one person at a time.

Satthvam, Vidya Ramamurthy
Contact: +91-9886101278
Description: Recycled cartons, bags, potlis
Facebook: Satthvam
Her story:
SatthvamI am a mompreneur and what started as a hobby, that turned into a passionate recycle venture in the name of Satthvam! Where my main and only source of beginning working on a product is what everyone throws into the trash cans – cartons, wedding invitations etc. Satthvam in sanskrit means the essence of one’s being, essence of life, living or non-living thing. My small effort is towards finding that essence in all the things around us and putting them to use in an eco friendly way! The intent is to make available and accessible as many cloth bags as possible so the need and dependence on plastic bags reduce. This endeavour arises from an environmental commitment and is not a business venture. The bags will be affordable, some up-cycled but durable and can be easily stored in a handbag, in a car, in a bike, under your bicycle seat – shopping is impulsive, you never know when the jamoons look juicy enough to buy!!

Most bags will reflect the philosophy I apply in my life – keeping it simple. That being said, for the many out there who would like their grocery bags as stylish as the rest of their accessories, there will be many for you too. Will be doing a lot of experimenting with design, size and the “extra something” that will make the bag a little special and likely to go with you everywhere.

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