Women’s History Month: A Time to Support Women-Owned Businesses and Save

Since 1987, the month of March has been designated as Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions to society. Not only is it a fitting time to reflect on the good that women have historically done for our country, but it’s also a time to celebrate the women who are currently making a positive impact. MTA Benefits has welcomed various women-owned and women-operated businesses over the years, and we are pleased to highlight some of those businesses this month. If you haven’t already been doing so, now is the perfect time to begin showing support – and you can save money while you’re at it.

Lowell Book Company is owned by Kristen McDonie, who happens to be an MTA member herself. As a book lover, Kristen had a dream of opening a space for readers and saw a need for it in her community, so she started the Lowell Book Company in 2020 to fulfill that dream. She wanted to provide Lowell with a local bookshop to increase access to quality new and used books that reflect the town’s rich literary heritage. Kristen has extended 10 percent off to her fellow MTA members.

Emma Lee, Licensed Acupuncturist has made access to discounted acupuncture services possible for MTA members. She is highly trained in traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese herbal formulation and Shiatsu massage. With a Master of Science in Acupuncture, Emma Lee offers top-quality care for her patients and alleviates symptoms of their health issues such as fibromyalgia, migraines, insomnia, infertility and much more. MTA members have the luxury of receiving 20 percent off any acupuncture visit at her Northampton location.

Diana Cavanaugh studied esthetics at Elizabeth Grady and worked in the skincare industry for many years before deciding to open Avon Beauty Center in North Reading. Avon’s mission is to celebrate women’s power and make a positive impact in the world, and Diana’s boutique represents this message. MTA members enjoy 10 percent off when they make an in-store purchase with this cause-driven beauty supplier.

Kara Emily Krantz Photography in Worcester is owned and operated by a photographer who is passionate about telling captivating, meaningful stories. Kara specializes in capturing weddings through her camera lens. MTA members receive 10 percent off services, $100 off any wedding package and a free 16x20 canvas photograph. Be sure to support this business whenever you’re ready to memorialize your big day.

Joanne D'Alessandro owns Hestia Creations, a crafter's haven in Marblehead. For more than 30 years, this shop has been creating custom-made giftware and home décor accessories, and helping their customers create unique commemorative gifts. MTA members receive 10 percent off gifts, the Paint Your Own Pottery Studio, miniature building and unique handcrafted ornaments.


To learn more about the discounts offered by these business owners and others, browse the Discount Directory.