Female Entrepreneurs highlight

Collider is passionate about sharing the stories of local business owners and is excited to partner with Rochester Women Magazine to highlight female entrepreneurs through this column. To read more about these women and their businesses, go to collider.mn/our-stories. 

Psalms Frye 

Peace and Compassion Birth Services 

Peace and Compassion Birth Services serves mothers through the prenatal, birth and postpartum stages of their pregnancies. 

Psalms decided to pursue doula certification and business ownership after the birth of her fifth child, when she learned more about the Black maternal health crisis in America and felt called to help all women, regardless of race, color or beliefs, walk into birthing centers feeling empowered and safe. 

“I truly love to serve women, mothers and babies through emotional and informational support.” 

Amy Chavez 

Wax Lab MN 

Amy offers a variety of body waxing services at Wax Lab. She says, “I love that waxing really helps people feel better about themselves and more confident in their skin.” 

Amy always felt drawn to owning her own business but did not decide to make her dream a reality until the pandemic. “While I was home and not working, I had a lot of time to think about what I was doing with my life and what I wanted it to look like moving forward. I knew that I really wanted to continue waxing, but also knew that I wanted to make a change. At that time I decided that I wanted to open my own business.” 

Cassandra Buck 

Cassandra Buck Art and Clover & Rose 

Cassandra is a professional painter and art programmer at Forager Brewing, as well as the owner and curator of the art and vintage shop Clover & Rose. 

Cassandra is a Rochester native who taught art to middle school students for seven years before pursuing her own art more fully. She was also a co-founder of local art gallery Gallery 24. She launched Clover & Rose in 2018 to “mix my art with vintage, have other artists sell their work there and in a way mash up all of the creative things going on in my brain.” 

Kristina Gacesa 

7 Medicine TCM Healing 

Clinic LLC  

At 7 Medicine TCM Healing Clinic LLC, Kristina provides many treatment services such as acupuncture, fire cupping, moxibustion, guasha, herbal medicine, food therapy and recommended lifestyle modifications. 

Kristina was inspired to pursue natural medicine by her grandfather, who frequently spent time foraging and gathering herbs and different botanicals as cures for family ailments, and by her cultural upbringing, which focuses on a more holistic approach to medicine. 

Though Kristina was hesitant to start her own practice, she says, “I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility I have at my clinic. It’s not something I ever thought I would do, but I’m so happy that I took the leap.” ::

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Corrie is the director of communications at Collider, an assistant floral designer and an independent photographer. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, hiking and time spent with her friends, husband and dog, Lou.

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