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Small Business Shopping

Small Business Shopping

by Jeannie Kim

4 years ago

I’m a big fan of creators and makers.  I do my best to stick to small businesses when I shop, especially during gift season.  I love knowing who made my purchase and from where it comes.  Added bonus, it’s much less likely that your recipient will own anything like it. 

So I'm here to sing the praises of these small shops!  Here’s my current shortlist.   Looking forward to making this a regular thing! Submissions always welcome!

All Roads Design
Janelle Pietrzak and her partner, Robert Dougherty, live and work from the Yucca Valley and their work really reflects the colors and landscape of the area.  Their webstore stocks their textile and metal work, and also includes beautiful things made by some equally talented friends of theirs.  Instead of just buying more 'stuff' this your opportunity to get your hands on real artisan work.  I just bought these towels and am so happy with my purchase.  

I’ve known Althea Simons for many years.  She started Grammar after losing her whole wardrobe in a fire and being unable to find the perfect essential replacements.  These are the kind of pieces that make you feel like yourself, enhanced.  Trust me, it'll be one of those "where have you been all my life?" moments. (Added perk: all organic fibers and made locally in NYC)

Jessie Lazar
The list of things I want from Jessie’s clay shop is long….  I do happen to own one of her serving platters and it's a piece I leave out on the counter holding fruit etc.  These babies shouldn't be hidden in a cabinet!  Each made by hand also here in NYC.

Rescued Woodworks
Jay Kang left a corporate job to do what he loves.  He makes each piece in his home shop with reclaimed wood and sometimes even his son helps out!  I recently got an amazing twofer deal on the round charcuterie boards. Perfect for my holiday get togethers!!

By the way, all of these stores are either female or POC owned!
Happy shopping 🙂


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