With online shopping being so prevalent, and especially during this pandemic when people need to refrain from going out, it is crucial and vital to support local + small businesses now more than ever. And to do so EARLY as many shops either have limited stock or need time to create your pieces!
My wonderful friend Amber, of Jeweled Skies Yoga, and I have curated this list of local + small businesses for you to shop this holiday season (+ always!).
For each shop, we have highlighted
if the shop is Womxn, Black, LGBTQ, or POC-owned
a description, bio, photo samples, + links
any features that sets them apart
if they are offering anything for Black Friday / Small Business Saturday
Please share this with your friends + family and remember to shop local, shop small this holiday season.
Womxn + Partially Black-owned business • Chicago, IL
We love finding beautiful pieces and helping them for new homes, but also recognize that the business of reselling has its flaws.
We are committed to being as ethical as possible in our thrifting practices, and promise to be transparent about the steps we take to do so.
We are size inclusive! for the clothing items we have for sale, we will list the size the item has on its tag as well as describe the size of the item in additional terms (measurements, fabric elasticity, etc.) because we want to make it easier for people to tell if an item will fit them or not due to the absolutely frankly WACK concept of clothing sizing in this world !
Donates 5% of sales to a different organization every month
New pieces coming Nov. 25th for "Back to Black"
BH Upcycled Designs
Clothing rescued from thrift stores is upcycled into new things that are beautiful, comfortable, and fun to wear.
The shop has donated animal beds to shelters, clothing to organizations, and made financial donations to environmental organizations
Black Friday: BOGO f r e e for apparel; 20% off goods
No Name Outfitters
LGBTQ+ owned business • Connecticut
No Name Outfitters LLC was created around equality, self acceptance and exploration.
Every quarter a portion of our sales gets donated to a different organization.
Black Friday weekend there will be new items and sales all weekend long!
Our logo is a simplistic drawing of everyone, and from there you can add, take away or reinvent to create your true self.
Be Courageous, Be Confident, Be You. No Name Outfitters
Portion of every quarter's sales is donated to a different organization
Custom Artwork + Design
Womxn-owned business • Watertown, CT
Karina Sorensen illustrates portraits of those closest to your heart.
Naming her business after her dog Smudge that she grew up with, she knows how important pets are and puts an immense amount of effort into every single portrait.
She captures every detail so that you truly feel the soul of your favorite being in your portrait.
If you or someone you know has recently lost a pet,
you will get 10% off your portrait + receive a free tiny photo item
I am a freelance graphic designer who enjoys working with typography, illustration, branding, color palettes, and social media graphics!
I am a stay-at-home-mama with my sweet 8-month-old son but love the flexibility of working from home and raising my baby.
Commissions are open, and I am willing to discuss any kind of project you may have!
Black + Womxn-owned business • Bristol, CT
Graphic design portfolio showcasing both print and digital content as well as branding work. Nahndi Ali employs her artistic skills and use of Adobe applications to create fresh ways of using color and typography to design visually appealing art.
LGTBQ + Womxn-owned business • New York
TittyPix helps people reclaim the meaning, value, and beauty in their bodies.
TittyPix turns your body into art by making custom paintings of your tatas!
You can either send a picture in or do a virtual live portrait session—very “paint me like one of your French girls.” TittyPix provides a safe and non-judgmental space for people to embrace their bodies. TittyPix is committed to thoughtful giving and
Donates a portion of their proceeds every month to a different charity.
November: The Trevor Project
ArTeaBee Art Shop
Womxn of Color-owned business • Maple Grove, Minnesota
ArTeaBee’s motto is “make art, drink tea, save the bees!” translating to business commitments of self care, community care, and sustainability.
Korean American artist/owner Taylor J. Bye aims to create art that encourages self care and enjoyment of the little things in life.
ArTeaBee Art Shop sells stationery products and prints, and is open for commissions/custom orders!
At least one item in every product launch donates a portion of it's proceeds to charity
All products + packaging include recycled/recyclable and/or compostable materials
Womxn-owned business • Fairfield, CT
Asami LLC and Muse of Wellness LLC are 100% woman-owned small businesses by Asami Green. Visual art services, fine art, and healing art packages for self-healing.
Also providing Reiki energy and essential oil energy healing to promote and enhance balanced personal wellness.
Little Blue House Bakery
Womxn-owned business • Watertown, CT
Little Blue House Bakery, LLC is a one-woman bakery out of an old home here in Watertown.
My business operates under CT cottage laws with everything made custom to order and from scratch.
I specialize in cupcakes and cakes but love a challenge!
The Local Gourmet
Womxn-owned business • Southbury, CT
The Local Gourmet offers a full selection of homemade entrees, side dishes, salads, sandwiches, soups, and more.
Their food always has something for everyone! Whether you're a meat-lover, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free, they've got you covered.
Currently offering catering + holiday orders
Being a local market, they support small businesses by featuring them in their store
They also donated food to local hospitals, the fire department, and food bank during the pandemic
Womxn-owned business • Meriden, CT
florapothecarie is a line of 100% natural & vegan skincare, haircare, bath, and body products handmade by herbalist Sami Jo Jensen in Connecticut.
We're certified as cruelty-free and vegan by Leaping Bunny and PETA.
You’re a natural beauty; keep your beauty natural.™