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#Small Business Saturday / Our Favorite Places to Shop

Nov 29, 2020

While we don’t always participate in a #SmallBusinessSaturday sale, we are no less appreciative of those who shop with us and supportive of those who do! We’re also human, and shoppers, and clearly, our heart is with small business every year, but this year especially, we’ve all been hit incredibly hard by the effects of Covid-19. As the economy recovers, we depend on our incredibly loyal customers to share, like, and shop with us! Here are just a few of our favorites:

AMY’S PICKS

I’d like to take this opportunity to share a few small businesses that I personally know and love. Please check them out, follow them, and considering supporting them this weekend.

  1. Megan (@meganburt) makes the most darling ornaments, door hangers, and art. All by hand. Located here in Nashville, TN.
  2. Every time I receive a wholesale order from Katy’s Hallmark (@katysgiftsnashville), I pinch myself. I’m so honored to be in their store. The ladies at both of their locations are TRULY the NICEST in the business. Hands down. They are patient, kind, creative, and true supporters of the local artisans in the community. PLEASE consider supporting them.
  3. I met Jackie (@fount) and her husband years ago at the @countrylivingfair and fell in love with how kind they were and the impeccable quality of their products. I bought a purse and a clutch. It will last a lifetime. Been carrying it for about 5 years now. The leather gets better with age. Shop with them!
  4. Crystal (@tuckedandthreaded) and her husband run a super-fun shirt business from their home in West Tennessee. Crystal and I met at a Christmas show in Memphis 2 years ago, and she’s been such an SFDB cheerleader, cheering me on constantly! Her positivity is infectious! Shop with her!
  5. Natalie (@changnatalie) is a gem! Part of SFDB’s success can be contributed to her kindness and guidance! She designs cups, napkins, placemats, stir sticks, + more tableware essentials. Local to Illinois. Shop her store!
  6. I’ve been doing shows with Jenni and Jared (@jbsmercantile) for a few years now. They always amaze me with their unique antique finds and creativity. I’ve purchased some great display pieces from them. They’re local to Mt. Juliet, TN and you can shop their website or find them at markets + The Painted Tree and Miss Lucille’s.
  7. I think the Sparkle Bark is such a great gift idea! Not only is it delish but its design and packaging is so fun! I was fortunate to be set up next to Ben, Bang Candy Co.’s marketing director, one year at Christmas Village and I so enjoyed getting to know him and this local Nashville business. @bangcandyco
  8. My best friend Cayce (@wiseandbeloved) owns the Lizard Thicket in Murfreesboro, TN. This may be a franchise, but each store is individually owned. Cayce’s husband lost his job this year due to Covid-19, so the store is their only income right now. Every sale matters for them, now more than ever. If you’re local – please consider shopping with them this season.
  9. Lucy (@lucysinspired) and I met a few years ago at a @countrylivingfair show as well. She makes one-of-a-kind jewelry and now these stylish cord mask necklaces. Local to Alabama, but online all the time!

-Amy


SAM’S PICKS

  1. Books are a great gift, and supporting independent bookstores is one of the more important places I like to spend money. It can be tough to shop independently because it’s one of the easiest places big box stores like Amazon can discount. Find an independent bookstore near you here, or shop at Bookshop.org, where every purchase supports local bookshops. A few of my favorites are Parnassus Books and The Bookshop in Nashville, TN; Interabang Books in Dallas, TX; The Last Book Store in Los Angeles, CA, and Strand Book Store in New York City.
  2. I just discovered Meghan Hopkins Sokorai’s Columbus-based And Here We Are sometime last year. I love her aesthetic but these dumpster fire illustrations get me every time. I love it.
  3. We love a good cup of coffee, plus a new coffee mug and a sack of beans is one of the best gifts you can give to the discerning drinker. I visited Detroit-based Great Lakes Coffee and got a mug + bag to go and it was one of the best decisions. This is a great way to support a local roaster and be a great gift-giver at the same time.
  4. I discovered Baltimore-based Mess in a Bottle a few years ago, and proudly sport my tee – but they’ve grown so much in that time and have a range of sayings on shirts, totes, and more than I’m now dying to have.
  5. Original art used to be SO expensive – but so many fine artists have gone online and offer affordable pieces, that are way better than anything you might find at Target. This year, I bought small pieces from two Nashville-based artists, watercolorist Kelsey Kelley, and painter, Tess Davies.
  6. Mmm, there’s is nothing like a good candle. I just discovered Gold + Ivy this year, purchased two of the Grey Flannel candles, and fell into fall like nobody’s business. They’re hand-poured, she runs this business out of her home, and guys, this was hand-delivered to my door. That’s customer service.
  7. RV Pottery is owned by Dickson, TN-based potter Rachel Vandivort. I got to meet her at one of Batch Nashville’s vendor meet-ups with Amy and was blown away by her work. I’ve sent bought several pieces – some of which you can see in our posts!
  8. I love a good glass of white wine at dinner, champagne for occasions, and a red to relax, but I also love to hear about the history of wine, what we’re tasting with each sip, and why one is different from the other. A good wine store can talk your ear off about this stuff-but if you’re just looking for a gift, you can say hey, my friend likes White Claw – what do you suggest? They’ll show you options in your price range, and then they’ll even probably wrap it for you like the good people at my local shop, Woodland Wine Merchant.
  9. Many of you might be surprised to know SFDB counts several flower shops as stockists. Sure, they’re not always selling our t-shirts, but plenty of florists double has fine gift shops, including one of Nashville’s favorite FLWR Shop. I go there for flowers but sometimes come out with potted plants, new vases, soaps, and other gifts I would never have thought I’d find. Don’t dismiss your local florist when you’re trying to shop local!

-Sam