Monday, November 26, 2012

Shop Small

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We certainly did! Between starting our holiday with the 5 mile Charlotte South Park Turkey Trot, ending the weekend with a relaxing Christmas decorating Sunday, and lots of family and food in between, we have so much to be thankful for. 

Small Business Saturday may have passed, but that doesn't mean you should forget about your local businesses when you go out to do your Christmas shopping. I, for one, love supporting small businesses. Small business owners are living their dreams and sharing what they are passionate about. Gifting these items is extra special because there is always some sort of story to tell. 

Here are just a few of my favorite small businesses. I'll keep this list updated!

I may be biased, but Pour Olive's oils and vinegar are the best of the best! Hop into the store and let Sophie and Doug come up with a perfect pairing to take to your next dinner party as a hostess gift or create a one of a kind gift basket for the foodie in your life! Follow Pour Olive on Facebook for special deals and new product news. If you aren't local to Charlotte, give the store a call. Pour Olive will gladly ship! My favorites are the Chemlali Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Lemon Fused Olive Oil and Fig Symphony Balsamic.

My dear friend Jen and her mom Jan started this little business of theirs about a year ago and I am so proud of them! Jan make the most darling camera bags, make pouches, ipad cases and the famous Rosie Posie necklaces! Additionally, Jen does fantastic custom design work including goodies for kids' birthday parties, invitations, stationery and so much more.

Wrigley's cousin Ozzie has been sporting a custom made Silly Buddy bow tie and collar for awhile now and he is extra dapper and polite when he wears it! These collars and bow ties are excellent quality and made with so much care and love. The cousins have ordered matching green and red peppermint stick striped bow ties for this Christmas season!! Wrigley is especially excited for his very first bow tie (and visit from Santa).

As an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator, my mom runs her own small business. In addition to selling Stampin' Up! products and hosting workshops, she also sells her creative goods! Together, we made my wedding invitations and the result was stunning. She doesn't stop at stamping either. My mom is also a gifted artist and has done tons of beautiful custom painting. She is working on a blog/website to showcase her work and I will share that once she is ready.

Spread the love this holiday season and support your favorite small businesses!

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