‘Tis the season for lots of shopping, fa-la-la-la-laaaaa….
Local shopping is my jam. It’s also super important! Supporting small businesses is like supporting your neighbors- it’s truly the most effective way to make the economy happy. Local businesses are far more likely than large corporations to give back to their community; that means they’re more likely to give back to you.
So in honor of the holiday season I thought I would make a list of my favorite small and local businesses. I personally give my endorsement to every shop on this list. Happy shopping!
So let’s begin!
- Ocean Street Studio
My own shop, of course! I make natural products in small batches and sell them at affordable prices. I currently have a variety of gifts, like candles, sugar scrubs, and aromatic room sprays, all selling at affordable prices for everyone on your list.
- Al’s Crystal Pals
Alexandra sells beautiful crystals and unique jewelry, and includes a small crystal and sage with each purchase! My house is adorned with crystals from her shop.
- Centerville Pie Company
One of Oprah’s favorites, too! I’m obsessed with these pies. My favorite is the cranberry apple pie- but just apple is delicious too! If you’re a meat-eater, I’m sure you’ll love the chicken pot pie. My family is a big fan. I’m lucky enough to call Centerville my home-village, but they ship nationwide!
- Jul E. Artworks and Schumann Glass (opens in Instagram).
Julie and Jimmy are a powerhouse glassblowing couple selling pendants and accessories. My personal favorite? Julie’s mermaid tail pendants and Jimmy’s opal pendants. Check them out!
- Luna’s Potions
This shop carries high-quality essential oils for a number of troubles. My personal favorites are the energy blend and the blend for stomachaches, but I’ll confess: I have an entire bag full of these potions and am constantly wanting more. Essential oils are for everyone and make amazing stocking stuffers, so you’re sure to find something.
- Namaste Health
Dee makes natural products infused with high-quality herbs. I swear by her PMS rub- I couldn’t get through being a woman without it, if you catch my drift.
- Port Skateboards
Full disclosure: this company is owned by one of my oldest and very best friends and it’s a company that I saw grow from being an idea and a dream to an actual skateboarding company. I’m so proud of my brotha-from-anotha-motha that obviously I need to put it on my list. If you have a skater on your shopping list, be sure to grab them something from Port!
- Sentiment Shoppe
This is a great shop if you have any kids in your life! For a very reasonable price you can send a personalized note from Santa to a special child. So cute!
- Summer House Soaps
I could spend all day in this store. Honestly. It smells sooooooo good in there. Summer House is where I learned to make soap, and I have witnessed how much love and care goes into their process. You can’t go wrong.
- Tranquil Artz
This shop produces the best tie-dyes I have ever seen. Also offers a variety of natural, handmade products. She seems to be out of stock at the moment but I am a huge fan of her laundry balls!
That’s my list! What would you add? Please let me know in the comments! I’m always looking to support small businesses. 🙂 Until next time, namasté…