FILED IN: Holiday & Seasonal, Small Business Spotlight
Posted By: Jamie Kutchman, Founder
We love to support small businesses on Small Business Saturday but because we are an artisan gifting business specializing in curated gift boxes, we intentionally support small businesses all throughout the year. Here's a listing of just ten small businesses we've worked with in the past and if you don't already know about them, have a look! They are definitely worth checking out and supporting in any way you can.
Brightly Ever After
Owner and founder Garrett Turner's personality is as bright and lively as her giant light-up letters, stunning floral walls and creative marquee signs used for weddings, birthdays, styled photoshoots and all of life's special occasions. True, this isn't the type of product you buy. (You technically rent). But her business is definitely worth a mention on this list especially for anyone planning that last minute holiday party and looking for that special somethin-somethin to take celebration to the next level! Learn more HERE.
I can't even begin to count the number of of Brooklyn Candle Co. candles we've included in our gift boxes over the last few years but it's a LOT. They show up in our Pre-Designed Holiday Gift Box Collection again this year. The scents. The packaging. The fact that they're eco-friendly and seem to burn forever. Not to mention, the owner Tamara Mayne is a dream to work with! Reliable, hard-working, friendly and extremely supportive of our business as well.
Buttercream Bakeshop has taken the Washington, DC bakery scene by storm. Their cakes. Their savory options. Not only the taste but the aesthetic. They're as beautiful and unique as they are delicious which isn't always the case. Take time to visit them in the Shaw neighborhood of DC this holiday season, but especially on Small Business Saturday!
Owner and founder Sarah Dwyer left her successful banking career to start her chocolate business several years ago and hasn't looked back. Her ability to put custom designs on her delicious chocolates has been the perfect match for our gift boxes but her confections can also be purchased directly from her website. From Washington DC and Virginia motifs to chocolates featuring holiday imagery, the designs take the delicious chocolates to a whole new level.
Fig. 2 Design
It's no surprise that we tend to design custom gifts with neutrals and softer, more muted colors around here. Which is why DC area based Fig.2 Design is such a welcome change of pace for us. Her brightly colored greeting cards, art prints and gift wrap are so much fun! We especially love her gift wrap. From holiday to wedding to versatile all-occasion wrap, you should head on over and take a look. The collections will immediately put a smile on your face!
Little Well Paper Co.
You may know owner and founder Jess McSweeney from her wildly successful custom stationery business Poppy & Scooter. Earlier this year, she made the decision to hit pause on P&S for a business idea that she felt was a calling. She now designs greeting cards for those less "mainstream" occasions in life, the sometimes more painful ones you rarely see addressed in more traditional greeting card lines. Jess fills a very important space in the industry and she does it with all of her heart and soul. Check out Jess' brand new collection HERE!
Monique Melton is a Maryland-based author, speaker, business coach, relationship coach and overall force to be reckoned with! Most recently, Monique has added coaching specific to motivational speaking to her offering with a program called the S.W.E.E.T. Intensive. While Monique isn't necessarily offering a product or service specifically designed to be purchased on Small Business Saturday like product-based businesses do, she is an incredible resource for issues related to business ownership and even life in general. She's outgoing, warm, approachable, spiritual, and immediately lights up any room she walks into! Get to know her better HERE.
MM Ink Studio
The "MM" in MM Ink Studio stands for Moya Mimms, an uber-talented designer and calligrapher. We've had the honor to collaborating with her on a few different projects and on each occasion, we were absolutely blown away by the top-notch quality of her work as well as her professionalism. In addition to calligraphy services, she also does fully custom wedding invitation design. You can view her portfolio HERE.
I've lost count on just how many custom cookies we've received from Sugar Studio but rest assured, it's a LOT. From corporate logo cookies to cookies featuring couple's pets for their wedding welcome gifts, the sky is the absolute limit to what owner and founder Tiffany can create. Yes, we even worked together to bring Beyoncé cookies to life earlier this fall for a VERY special couple for their wedding welcome gifts. If you can dream it up, Tiffany can bring it to life...in the form of a cookie!
The Garter Girl
The Garter Girl creates heirloom-quality, handmade garters for stylish brides. Brides can even work with owner and founder Julianne Smith to design fully custom garters to perfectly match their individual style and personality. Even if you aren't a bride-to-be or looking to buy a gift for a bride-to-be this Small Business Saturday, The Garter Girl's collection is impressive and definitely worth taking a look. It will immediately change your impression of garters. They are definitely not meant for the garter toss. Nope! These are meant to be treasured for ages and even passed down from generation to generation.
We hope you've enjoyed our line-up and that you're inspired to go out and support as many small business owners as you possibly can, not just this weekend but all throughout the year. Are there any small businesses you think WE should know about? Please share by reaching out via our contact page or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.