As we rapidly approach the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping week ahead, I'm here to remind you not to forget about "the little guy." While Small Business Saturday is not limited to Thanksgiving Week Shopping, it's more important now than ever to #ShopSmall and support your favorite local businesses.
I saw something really powerful on Instagram the other day that was such a great reminder of the impact of supporting small businesses. Supporting Small Businesses doesn't mean only shopping Small Business. Whatever your financial situation this year, know that you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to support local businesses.
Here are some other ways to support small businesses this Holiday Season:
*Share the small businesses with friends either by word of mouth or with your social media following
*Purchase a gift card
*Shop online - especially if it's a local coffee shop or restaurant offering online ordering. Storefronts who are currently closed and offering online shopping will appreciate this too.
*Leave a positive review for them by way of Yelp/Google Reviews/etc.
*Send them a Thank-You note or card
*Follow and engage with them on Instagram and other social media sites
*Tag them in your posts on Instagram
I'm sure, like me, you also have local boutiques, shops, businesses and the like that are near and dear to your heart. While I have listed some of my favorites below in the hopes that it may spark some inspiration within you, don't forget about your favorite local shops. This is by NO means a comprehensive list, as I mentioned, just some of my faves. Show your local small businesses some extra support and love during a season and a year when they need it more than ever.
Specialty: Vintage Clothing and Accessories
Online Shopping Available? Yes! Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/trouvemoivintage
Storefront: N/A (Based in Austin, Texas)
Specialty: Vintage Clothing and Accessories
Online Shopping Available? Yes - limited. Link: https://poshmark.com/closet/buttonandzip
*Located in Antique Trove in Roseville, CA (236 Harding Blvd Roseville CA 95678)
*Antique Trove is best to shop Button and Zip Vintage.
Storefront: Antique Trove, 236 Harding Blvd Roseville CA 95678
Specialty: Cozy Sets and Separates.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://themayfairgroupllc.com/pages/mayfair-merch
Specialty: Tie-dye sets and separates. (Including custom orders!)
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://klemtiedye.com/ Storefront?: N/A
Speciality: Luxury Loungewear
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://bybruno.co/
Specialty: "Somebody's" (Mama, Auntie, Daughter, Son) Tees
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.collectivelymindful.com/
Specialty: Elevated, classic sets.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://danzyus.com/
Specialty: On-trend jewelry made to LAST! (No tarnishing, rusting, etc.)
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://nadiandlo.com/
Storefront? Visit her at Melrose Trading Post at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles every Sunday (COVID restrictions in effect - check before visiting)
Specialty: British Cult Indie Jewellery E-Boutique
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.julychild.co.uk/collections/new
Speciality: Upcycled jewelry made from 100% authentic repurposed designer buttons and charms
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://oldsoulvintagejewelry.com/
Specialty: Hand-crafted bracelets featuring words of affirmation; Customizable designs available, too!
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://littlewordsproject.com/
Specialty: Handmade crafts for learning or fun
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.happicrafts.com/collections/all
Specialty: Tarot, Reiki, Channeling, Meditation
Online Shopping? Yes! (Tarot Card Deck + Online Courses) Link: https://jessicastoneco.com/
Storefront? No, but she will host private sessions.
Specialty: Non-profit founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla. Shop to support economic empowerment for women in underserved communities.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.thelittlemarket.com/
Storefront? Yes, 1010 N Swarthmore Ave ste 5-102, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
LOCAL SACRAMENTO SHOPS TO SUPPORT
Specialty: Consigned and new boutique apparel and accessories
Online Shopping? Yes! (Consignment clothing not listed online) Link: https://www.mothholeconsignment.com/
Storefront: 11787 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628
Specialty: Women's consignment shop stocking designer and high-end labels in both classic and on-trend styles.
Online Shopping? Yes! (Better selection in-store) Link: https://shoparticleconsignment.com/
Storefront: 706 56th St Ste 100, Sacramento, CA 95819
Specialty: A collection of vintage and new.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.shopcuffs.com/
Storefront: 2523 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
Specialty: On-trend apparel and accessories for your closet and home.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.rireboutique.com/
Storefront: 2522 J St Midtown Sacramento, CA and 3330 Broadway in Oak Park, CA
Specialty: Contemporary and vintage clothing for men and women
Online Shopping? Yes! (Select items reserved for Depop) Link: https://www.depop.com/freestyleclothing/
Storefront: 5271 Sunrise Blvd, Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (best location in my opinion). Other locations in Roseville, Folsom and Midtown.
FOOD AND DRINK
Specialty: Coffee and pastries. Remote work hotspot!
Order Online? Yes! Link: https://www.pausecoffee.house/
Storefront: 8121 Madison Ave, Suite A-1, Fair Oaks, CA and 2168 Sunset Blvd, Unit 105
Rocklin, CA 95765, US.
My personal favorite: Matcha Latte and Bostock from the pastry section
Specialty: Community craft coffee house specializing in unique & classic cafe choices | Family owned.
Order Online? Yes! Link: https://www.badfishorders.com/
Storefront: 9346 Greenback Ln #3, Orangevale, CA 95662
My personal favorite: Latte or iced coffee; Avocado Toast
Specialty: Low carb and sugar free bakery.
Order Online? Yes! Link: https://www.twindragonsbaking.com/
Storefront: Opening Soon!
My Personal Favorite: Haven't had the pleasure of trying yet but these cinnamon rolls have definitely caught my eye!
Specialty: Natural, whole foods since 1978!
Online Ordering? No. Check-Out the Menu Here Though: http://sunflowerdrivein.cafe/
Storefront: 10344 Fair Oaks Blvd Fair Oaks, CA 95628
My Personal Favorite: Vegan Grilled Cheese - The BEST!
Specialty: Vegan and gluten free donuts and ice cream.
Online Ordering? No. Check out the menu here though: https://babesicecreamdonuts.com/
Storefront: 2417 J Street Sacramento CA 95816
My Personal Favorite: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Cinnamon Sugar Donut
Specialty: Champagne Bar with a wide selection of food and drink.
Online Ordering? Yes! (Order your Thanksgiving Bottle Selection) Link: https://www.toasttab.com/fizz-champagne-bubbles-bar/v3
Storefront: 615 David J Stern Walk #105, Sacramento, CA 95815
My Personal Favorite: Fizz Fries and Rosé Flight
Specialty: Brunch and Bubbles!
Online Ordering? Yes! Link: https://mimosahouseca.com/
Storefront: 5641 J St, Sacramento, CA 95819
My Personal Favorite: Mimosa House Sampler - Choose up to 3 mimosa flavor combinations!
LOS ANGELES SHOPS TO SUPPORT
Specialty: Outdoor market featuring local artisans and a wide variety of apparel, accessories and home goods.
Online Ordering? N/A
Storefront: Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (open every Sunday 9am-5pm)
Specialty: Well-curated women's clothing, accessories, home and gift items.
Storefront: Southern California, Check their website here for full list of locations
Specialty: Men's and women's vintage and new clothing store. New vintage shipments Tuesday's and Thursday's.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://www.animalhousevenice.com/
Storefront: 66 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Specialty: Goods for all - California curated accessories for the home and closet.
Online Shopping? Yes! Link: https://burrogoods.com/
Storefront: Venice, Westlake Village and Santa Monica. Details on all Burro's locations found here.
Specialty: Design and Customization Studio
Online Ordering? Yes! Link: https://www.lotstockandbarrel.com/shop
Storefront: 8363 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Specialty: LA's biggest indie new/used bookstore
Online Ordering? Yes! Order your own curated book bundle today. Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfQs4PDzx6FjVnL4FaS2eczePiluUJpAdck-hDPleNtWr12EQ/viewform
Storefront: 453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
FOOD AND DRINK
Specialty: Vegan, gluten-free, paleo, no refined sugar treats!
Online Ordering? Yes! Link: https://nowherebakery.com/
My personal favorite: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Specialty: Organic and Vegan friendly; Rx Lattes with Attitude
Online Ordering? Yes! Link: https://www.coffeedose.cafe/
Storefront: Los Angeles location currently not open; Costa Mesa location is open. For more information on Coffee Dose Cafe locations, visit their site here.
My Personal Favorite: The Beauty Latte and Banana Bread or Protein Bites
Specialty: Custom cookies!
Online Ordering? Yes! (Please note she's booked through 2020.) Link: https://www.instagram.com/stacyscookielounge/
Specialty: Superfood, adaptogenic chocolate. Organic, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free.
Online Ordering? Yes! Link: https://moody-girl.com/
That concludes this year's 2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Small Business Edition. As a reminder, this is NOT a comprehensive list of all small businesses I know and love (Duhhh, that would be the longest blog post ever) but just a handful that I thought would be good gift ideas for this Holiday season and beyond. Hopefully they sparked some inspiration for you as we head into the season of gifting.