It’s November 1st, which officially means it’s time to prep for the holidays. I don’t know about you, but I always like to approach gift-giving with purpose. One way I like to do that is by supporting small businesses, especially mom-owned shops. Here are 5 of my favorites – and its a mix of Florida and Ohio businesses I’ve found over the years.
But first … these are some pictures from the holidays last year. I can’t wait for the holidays with TWO little ones! Shep will be even more into all the holiday excitement, and Beau will be along for the ride (as usual), bringing his own joy to the season.
BrickSmarts: Are you a #boymom who is sick of paying full price for Legos? I know I am and mine is still only into Duplos! But I love how it’s a toy that he loves time and time again and it’s helping him learn and develop fine motor skills all at the same time. Insert BrickSmarts. Mandy Gandhi is the founder and owner of BrickSmarts.com, and mom of two little (adorable) boys. She saw how Legos would collect on the shelf and how there were always missing pieces, so she started to sell their old sets online and then buy new (upcycled) ones. She liked how it was environmentally a better option, and the kids never cared they had been gently used. After doing this more and more (and lots more Lego sets), BrickSmarts was born. Today its online marketplace is launching, where you can buy up-cycled Lego sets at a fraction of the cost. I know so many boy moms who will LOVE this (and I’m one of them). Stop on by her online marketplace today and stay in touch about her new inventory by following her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter
Swan Creek Candle Company. These are my all-time favorite candles. Like ever. I’ve bought them since I grew up in Ohio. They look and feel like they are from a small shop (they are), but it’s grown like crazy too. A lot of local grocery stores now carry them in Ohio, and they even have a store outside of Sarasota. Their online ordering is super simple and I’ve never found a fragrance I didn’t love.
Rock and Pepper Designs. Lindsey is a dear friend, and her talents are out of this world. She started this shop and I’m glad others can finally have the opportunity to purchase her treasures. She designed several signs in our home, and I love the bright, cheerful feel of her signs and holiday decor. Follow her Instagram handle to stay updated on where she’s selling her goods.
Southern C Monograms. You’ve probably seen Shep in those adorable monogrammed tee’s. I always purchased ours from Christi at Southern C Monograms, who is the mom of one of my friends from Tampa. She has always been really quick, and gives us tons of options of monogram styles. Time to stock up for the winter here, (plus get some for Beau!)
The Beaufort Bonnet Company. This mom-owned company has grown leaps and bounds over the years. And it makes sense – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a shop with cuter southern-style clothes. I’ve purchased a few special pieces over the years that I’m thrilled BOTH boys will get to wear. The first pic in this post from last year’s Christmas has Shep modeling their adorable clothes, and here’s another. I’m looking around to find Beau his very own special outfit, because every little boy needs their own TBBC, right?
What are your favorite local or mom-owned shops?