This year our family has made the choice to shop small for the holidays. I suppose it hits home even more now that my sister and I own a small business, but, truthfully, I have always loved shopping small. I love giving gifts that are handcrafted, or one-of-a-kind, or really anything that isn’t stamped “Made in China”. I also love knowing my purchase meant even more to someone else.
You will never find better customer service! Ever! Small business owners work very hard to give you the best, most memorable, buying experience. Every sale is important and gratitude for each sale is in abundance. So, this year why not look around your community at the businesses that make it a better place to live. Think of the small online businesses who have worked hard to show you they appreciate each and every one of your purchases. This year see if you can check off that list with these small companies. The best part is that you won’t just be making each gift special for your loved ones, you will have had a hand in helping keep small businesses surviving and thriving! What a gift that is! Merry Christmas to you!
Need any ideas? Here’s just a handful of superb small businesses that deserve a little shout out for their amazingness!
*We have added website and/or Instagram links for each business so it's easy peasy to check them all out!
Sanctuary of Davidson – 108 S Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
Near and dear to my heart is the Sanctuary of Davidson. Set in the middle of beautiful downtown Davidson and filled with works from amazing local artists. There is truly something for everyone! (*They carry our products too!)
The Olde Open Window – 604 Laurel Street, Brainerd, MN 56401
This eclectic little store is near my home in Minnesota. Filled with old, new and locally handmade items. They also carry clothing and accessories. The store is darling, a must see!
Woodland and Butterflies – Maryland
You must pop into Woodland and Butterflies Etsy shop! You will find adorable little crabs made from all sorts of different bottle caps! Perfect décor for the lake house! The owner, Libby, is an Environmental Scientist specializing in water conservation.
Signature Styles Salon – 4336 Ridge Road #103, Douglasville, GA
If you live a “stone's throw away” from Douglasville, GA you must stop in and see my sweet friend Marilyn for your new holiday “do”!
Boss Babe Body – www.bossbabebody.com
The absolutely gorgeous owner, Ashlee Wilson, is a former Miss Teen Georgia, a reality star, and a successful business entrepreneur. She created her own remedy for common and/or severe skin issues and turned it into a successful business. Her homemade scrub is a favorite all over the country!
Bulk It Foods – 13444 Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 13444
Nancy Baum and Vicki McIntosh have made purchasing natural foods fun, affordable, and simple. They focus on sustainability and supporting local businesses.
Basiltops – www.basiltops.com - @basiltops
You must visit Basiltops beautiful website to understand how much love and care goes into each of their products. The site alone leaves one's mouth watering! They are the perfect choice for gifts for your loved one who may have dietary restrictions.
Nuovoterra – www.nuovoterraproducts.com - @nuovoterra
Kalamata Olives, Chimichurri, Peppers, and Vinaigrette, Oh MY! All created in small batches to ensure quality, by two lovely ladies who care deeply about the products they create. (They have lovely gift box options!)
MissOliviasLine - http://www.facebook.com/missoliviasline
Stunning, unique, gorgeous, mesmerizing. These are just a few things that come to mind when my peepers are gazing at the fused glass pieces created by MissOliviasLine owner Megan Bassett. Her earrings, rings, and pendants are absolutely gorgeous!
Urban Artique – 923 N 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI
Urban Artique has it all! Over 40 artists have their creations in Urban Artique! They carry a line of milk paints, chalk style paints, stains and top coats. To top it off they have a vast array of instructors for their art and craft classes. (*We are very honored to have a line of our products in their store!)