Shop Small This Holiday Season + Always: WEEK 1

Tis the season to shop small...fa la la la la la la la la! That's right, you heard us, it's the season to shop small! Guys, it's been one heck of a year. We feel like this year has been tough on probably all of us in one way or another, but it's been a little extra heavy on our small businesses. With covid and multiple hurricanes, small businesses have taken a pretty big hit this year. And, as small business owners ourselves, we know how important it is to support other small businesses by spending with intention, not only this holiday season, but always. 

With that being said, we wanted to highlight some of the awesome small businesses from our area + give you some gift ideas from their shops to help with your holiday shopping, while also supporting small, local businesses. We will be sharing five small businesses every Saturday until Christmas. Please show your local small businesses some love this season and always, whether it be through a purchase or a shoutout on social media- any little bit helps + is greatly appreciated! So, go on and shop small + gift big this holiday season!

Pure Vida is a natural health store that offers a curated collection of organic products to improve health + help you connect to nature. Some of the key aspects of Pure Vida are preventive care, creating a healthy foundation around food, and the importance of staying active. Not to mention, Liz, the owner, is so awesome + so kind! You won't regret supporting this small biz! Pure Vida has so much to choose from- from vitamins to supplements to skin care to kitchenware to essentials and so much more- you really can't go wrong because every item is chosen with intention to improve your health + change the way you view your health. And, there's something for everyone! We personally love the Herb Farm Soothing Throat Spray. It's really good for when you start to feel a sore throat coming on or to use as a preventative + it makes for a great stocking stuffer! Also, love the Entyze Dry Shampoo! We could go on and on, but you should definitely head to Pure Vida's site to check out all the goodness for yourself! Or, stop by Pure Press Juicery to shop some of their items in person + get you a delicious Pure Press smoothie while you're there!

Molded Dreams. If you are looking for some super fun + super unique polymer clay earrings, look no further- Molded Dreams has got you covered! Kaylee Lanier is the founder + creator of Molded Dreams, and she's got an eye for cool earring design! We can't imagine the amount of hard work + detail that goes into each pair of earrings, but we know her earrings would be a very thoughtful + unique gift! We love all of her designs, but we're really loving the Tori design right now! A customer favorite is the Katie design and we can't blame them! Loving this color of the same design- Katie design. All of the earrings by Molded Dreams would definitely make great statement pieces + great gifts! Head to the Molded Dreams site now to shop these awesome pieces!

Iron Shop Provisions is a men's boutique / weld shop, and honestly, you can't beat that combo. They even have a barber section in their shop! How cool is that?! We feel like this is the ultimate dream shop for all men. And, the amount of gift options they offer is endless! Apparel, leather goods, footwear, eyewear, apothecary, and so much more. And, we won't even get started on the quality of their goods- crazy good quality! Or, the atmosphere of their shop- seriously, such a cool spot. Owners, Erin and Josh Guillory really outdid themselves! If you ever get the chance to stop by their shop, please do. It's one of the coolest places in the area. Ladies, get your men something from Iron Shop Provisions. We guarantee you will not regret it! Head to their shop or website now- Iron Shop Provisions. P.S. We are loving the Watts Jacket! Can't go wrong with a Brixton hat + we love a pair of Red Wings!

PaperSmith carries an assortment of paper goods + gifts. There's something for every occasion- weddings, holidays, just because- you name it. You'll be sure to find one-of-kind pieces at PaperSmith! Sara and Emily, with PaperSmith, are the sweetest! They've got some great stuff for the holidays! We're really loving their selection of Poppy Popcorn + their custom paper goods! Be sure to stop by their shop when you get the chance or head to the PaperSmith website + check them out for yourself!

Bayou Blend Apparel represents a blend of ideals, special inks, fabrics, and opportunities to help create awareness through sensory-friendly tees, accessories, and books. After the diagnosis of her son + struggle with clothing, founder, Kaysie Bolton, decided to create an apparel brand that adheres to sensory needs and advocates for autism awareness. Such a great message behind a brand! Have you guys seen their graphic tees? They always have cute designs + they are soft + they are sensory friendly + they support autism awareness? Woah, that's like a quadruple threat! Seriously though, Bayou Blend Apparel has a great collection of goods + they would easily make great gifts! From kids to men to women, they have something for the whole family! Our favorites at the moment are the All is Well Tee + the Sandy Sweatshirt! Head to the Bayou Blend site now to shop their awesome selection!


Welp, that's it for this week's small business features! Be sure to check out all of these amazing small, local businesses! We really hope you choose to shop small + local this holiday season and always. We think we speak for all small businesses when we say this: we really appreciate all of your love + support! By shopping small, you are truly helping others + making a difference. It is a gift to have such support + love from you guys as a small business. Thanks so much for the love + support you guys constantly show us! We love you guys!