As you shop over the next few weeks, I will always encourage you to support small businesses. Why? Small businesses are the foundation to our communities. It's been proven that small businesses are more likely to support more small businesses.
Here are some of my favorite small businesses to support and why:
Pretty Clever Words
As many of you know, Laura with Pretty Clever Words is one of my partners in business and a true motivating factor in my life. Her motto that "Words Matter" is evident in her work, art and life. If you are looking for unique gifts that inspire and motivate, please visit her page at prettycleverwords.com.
Years ago, I met Mike with Mike D's BBQ
at a local market and probably scared him to death with the amount of chatting him up I did. Over the years, he has become another one of my partners in business and an accountability partner that keeps me focused during the crazy times. It has been a true honor to be a part of the journey to watch his business grow and watch him reach huge goals that he set for himself. If you haven't already, get you some of his award winning sauces and rubs today!
I love a good pen and this year I treated myself to a beautiful pen from Wallton Craftworks
. This is another small business that I met at a local market and have admired their work for awhile. These pens would make a wonderful gift for anyone that appreciates taking the time to handwrite something special.
I don't wear much jewelry...but give me a set of big earrings any.day.of.the.week! Any time that I wear any earrings from Adornments by Anousone
, I get compliments! So treat yo'self!
If you know anything about me, you know that I like to eat. I also love cheese. Pour some of Cottage Lane Kitchen
's pepper relish over some cream cheese and you have a simple appetizer....that I will eat all of, if you let me! I met Samantha with Cottage Lane Kitchen at a local market and have always admired her positivity and attitude to get things done and how she supports her fellow small business owners.
If you are looking for even more small business owners to support, please visit The Traveling Tent (online
or follow on Facebook
). Laura with Pretty Clever Words and myself have been working to curate gift guides highlighting small business owners that could all use your support now and all year round.