By Julie Provost
For some veterans and military spouse entrepreneurs, their business was started during active duty life. For others, the business is a way to make a living after active duty is over in the next chapter of their lives. We’ve searched high and low for military-connected businesses that are unique, fun, and probably ones you haven’t heard of before.
1. Pressed-Creative Space
Pressed was started in 2011 when Ashley Thompson moved to North Carolina and started her military spouse life. She designed the company while her husband was deployed overseas. In 2015, she opened Pressed-Creative Space selling clothing, paper and accessories. She has some really cute items in her shop. You can find her online and at in Fayetteville, NC.
2. Get Some Coffee
What is better than a veteran-owned coffee shop? Not much! Get Some Coffee is located in Clarksville, TN, just about 15 minutes from Ft. Campbell. Grab some fantastic coffee or treats, use their internet cafe, or meet up with friends in their cozy space, The Cubby. Visit their website for more information.
3. Young Veterans Brewing Company
The Young Veterans Brewing Company was started in 2012 by Thomas Wilder and Neil McCanon. Wilder has served four years in the Army National Guard and McCanon, three years in the Army and seven years in the Army Reserves. The two started this company after spending many years homebrewing. They took their passion for making beer and what they learned in the military to create their business. Located in Virginia Beach, VA, you can also visit them online at their website.
4. She Swank Too
She Swank Too is an imaginative clothing and accessory shop as well as a monthly box for girls ages one to six. The clothing embraces the innocence and the fun of childhood. Founder and milspouse, Lakesha Cole, wanted to introduce her daughter to entrepreneurship in a way that was fun and easy to understand for a five-year-old. They have online pop-up shops once a month and recently moved into a brick-and-mortar store North Carolina. Check out their website to see what they have to offer.
5. Why Not Books
This veteran-owned used bookstore is located in the Colorado Springs area, near Ft. Carson and Peterson Air Force Base. Started by a retired Navy officer, they have a wide variety of books in a cozy atmosphere. Besides used books they also have a meeting room available for small groups. Visit Why Not Books online to learn more.
After serving 21 years in the Air Force, Carrie Parker took her love of baking and opened her bakery. She is a self-taught baker who cooks from scratch using real ingredients, no preservatives, and no mass production. She is based in Woodbridge, VA and provides wedding cakes, dessert bars, buffet meals, cupcakes, and rentals of stands and pedestals. Check out her website to see photos of all her yummy treats or to place an order for your next event.
Sword & Plough
Sword & Plough is an online shop specializing in bags and accessories using recycled military surplus materials. This shop was started by Emily Núñez Cavness and her sister, Betsy Núñez. Emily is an active duty Army officer and the two sisters grew up in a military family. They also give back to veteran organizations by donating 10% of their yearly profits. You can visit their website to see what they have to offer and to hear more about their business model.