Finding Female Founders: Minnesota Women-Owned Goods Box

By Stef Tschida

Looking for a unique gift for your clients, family or friends this holiday season? What if you could give them something special that they couldn’t find in a store while supporting small, women-owned businesses in the process?

That’s what you’ll get by purchasing a Minnesota Women-Owned Goods Box. The box is a collection of items curated by Tasya Kellen, founder of Isadore Nut Co. She created the box to highlight her fellow female business owners throughout the Twin Cities and to help gift givers—especially corporate clients—provide variety to their recipients.

Purchasers of the gift boxes can also feel good knowing they’re supporting small, women-owned businesses, many of which give back to their communities in a meaningful way. In fact, the gift boxes are packed by Isadore Nut Co. employees, who are adults with special needs.

Minnesota Women-Owned Goods Boxes come in two sizes and feature products from:

Hip Pop Popcorn, founded by Heather Jansen, uses premium ingredients to make her small-batch popcorn in unique flavors from Himalayan Pink Salt and Cracked Pepper to Scotcheroo.

Humble Nut Butter, founded by Jess and John Waller, offers unique flavors of savory—not sweet—nut butters. All their products are gluten free, vegan, non-GMO and clean, with additional ingredients certified organic and/or fair trade.

Isadore Nut Co., founded by Tasya Kellen, employs people of all abilities to hand roast and package her organic, gluten-free nut mixes in more than half a dozen gourmet flavors.

Mademoiselle Miel, founded by Susan Brown, uses honey she harvests to create unique chocolates and other one-of-a-kind confections.

Serious Jam, founded by Heidi Skoog, uses organic and local ingredients to create unique jam flavors ranging from Blueberry Bourbon Sage to Meyer Lemon Early Grey Marmalade. Heidi is committed to supporting small farms and sustainable agriculture.

Sweet Jules Gifts, founded by sisters Jules Vranian and Hope Klocker, offers caramels with organic Minnesota cream, real vanilla beans, and other fine ingredients.

Thumbs Cookies, founded by Robyn Frank, creates tiny gourmet cookies in a variety of flavors, including limited-edition seasonal varieties throughout the year. Thumbs donates a portion of its proceeds to Students Demand Action.

For more information about the products in the gift boxes and to order, visit

About the author: Stef Tschida is a former corporate communicator and life-long storyteller. Stef’s WHY became clear when she worked at her daily campus newspaper. She realized she didn’t want to ask tough questions as a reporter—she wanted to help organizations answer those tough questions. She’s been doing that work ever since.

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