2017 Favorite Small Businesses


As Small Business Saturday approaches, my mind drifts to memories of the antique store my parents used to own. "The Lilac Hedge" was a significant part of my childhood. I remember running through the back of the house, where stock was piled to the ceiling. I remember passing time with my brother upstairs where we'd play hide-and-seek in the hidden railroad closets. I remember being dropped off from camp in the store's driveway, not my home's. 

Having grown up with small business owners as parents, I find it second nature to show my respect and gratitude toward other small business owners. It gives me hope to see society moving back in the direction of supporting local artists, friends, and neighbors. 

The following are a few of my favorite small shops. If you still have some gifts to buy for the holidays - and let's face it, we all do - I encourage you to shop small this weekend (and all the weekends following).

Mûr by Danielle & Joël

Beautiful, functional pieces that carry a timeless aesthetic. These two hope to help others become mindful of waste production through selling an inventory of lifestyle wares that elevate the everyday.

People I've Loved by a few creative humans

A small printmaking studio based out of Oakland, California. The group of 5 makers "intend to facilitate the communication between real, tactile people. Not that [they] want to deny people their digital selves, [they] just think there can be room for both."

Secret Holiday & Co. by Ashley Durand

Beautiful banners that inspired my own banner craft. Ashley learned to quilt from her mother & is now sharing her talent and passion with her loyal customers and their homes.

Hatton Henry by Vanessa Vaught

Gorgeous line of leather hand crafted in a small studio in East Austin, Texas.  Due to the nature of working with natural materials, each hide is unique and one of a kind.

Victrola Design by Victoria Corbett

"An Austin-based stationery and home wares line known for whimsical illustrations of flora & fauna.The line is rooted in Victoria's observations of the beauty surrounding her, inspired by repetition, uniformity, and patterns found in nature. Each color is thoughtfully chosen and mixed by hand, then screen printed onto fabric or paper in Victoria's studio in East Austin."

What are some of your favorite places to shop small? Let me know in the comments below :)