2016 was the year Aunt Flow went from concept to full-fledged business, delivering the first round of its buy-one, give-one subscription tampon boxes to customers just last month. Readers and contributors voted the budding social enterprise as the Best New Startup of the year.
Behind the business is 19-year-old Claire Coder. After pitching the idea at Startup Weekend in November of 2015, Coder went full steam head developing a business to provide tampons and pads for women in need. With Aunt Flow, when a woman signs up for a subscription of 18 pads or tampons to be delivered to her door monthly, the equivalent is donated to organizations like OSU Star House and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, chipping away at the gap that exists between women in need and products for their period.
For more information, visit www.auntflow.org.
1. Aunt Flow
2. Eat Purr Love Cat Cafe
3. Butcher & Grocer
4. Goodfellows Tonsorial Parlor
6. The Campfire Experience
7. North Country Charcuterie
8. Tabletop Gaming Cafe
10. Kindred Artisan Ales
Note: Our “Best of 2016″ lists are published as the combined results of our annual Reader Nomination Survey and Editor’s Choice picks.