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My Favorite Small Businesses to Support This Holiday Season

Now more than ever, it’s so important to support small businesses. This has been a tough year for most of us, but we’re in this together and need to support one another. As a small business owner, it’s something I feel and think a lot about. I’ll be honest – I’ve turned to Amazon more than I should during this pandemic, but I’ve made a concerted effort to shop small whenever I can, and want to share some of my favorite small shops just in time for the holidays.

Fresh Olive Branches

Vagabond

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Silhouette Art & Ornaments

Le Papier Studio

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Vagabond: This shop is my go-to for florals. If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for an indoor tree, wreaths, or any greenery, this is the place to go. You can also order olive branches on their site!

Le Papier Studio: I love Vana’s work and she’s a wonderful human being, too. She donated product to our auction and even donated money to our hospital’s fundraiser. We have silhouettes of the girls and Buddy in Margot and Kate’s bathroom, and silhouette ornaments on our tree. The very best custom gift.

Charcuterie Board

Anecdote

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Doormats

Shop Home Maven

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Anecdote: Ok, so I am one of the owners but I obviously love the store, right? From furniture to cozy up your home (since we’re never leaving) to decor and gifts, we have it all. Unique finds, vintage pieces, art, pillows, books, and a few things for the kitchen. We have it all.

Shop Home Maven: I came across this store on etsy and knew this doormat was “the one.” The designs are so great, and i love supporting a small, female-run business.

Vintage Rugs

Linda's Barn

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Art

Josh Young Design House

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Linda’s Barn: I love Linda! Another wonderful woman running an amazing business. We have one of her beautiful vintage rugs in our bedroom and it’s perfect. Her prices can’t be beat.

Josh Young Design House: From prints to commissions, my friend Josh’s shop is one of my favorites to support. We have a few pieces in our home including the most beautiful painting above our fireplace, and another with our wedding venue address in the sunroom. We love you, Josh.

Susan Connor NY

Throw Pillows & Fabric

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Furniture & Decor

Jayson Home

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Susan Connor: Have a friend who loves design or treating yourself to something for your home? Susan Connor is one of my favorites. I love her pillows – the designs are beautiful and so chic.

Jayson: I’ve always loved Jayson for gifts and little trinkets.

Fatwood Crock

Farmhouse Pottery

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Lesse

Face Serum

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Farmhouse Pottery: I splurged on a cutting board a few years ago and always have it leaning up in my kitchen since it’s just so beautiful. The ceramics and serving pieces are lovely, too.

Lesse: My friend Brooke (who I go to for all my clean beauty recs) turned me on to this brand. Amazing products, beautiful branding, and so luxurious.

Support Your Local Bookstore

Semicolon Bookstore

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Jar Labels

Paper & Pear Store

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Semicolon Bookstore: Support your local bookstore! Semicolon also sells online!

Paper & Pear: These labels transformed my spice jars, so I just ordered a few for larger containers and even got some custom stickers for the holidays. Such a fun gift or a great way to spend an afternoon of organizing.

Always Pan

Our Place

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Support Local Restaurants

One Off Hospitality Group

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Our Place: This pan is as great as everyone says it is. Nothing sticks and clean-up is a breeze!

One Off Hopsitality: These meal kits from some of our Chicago favorites are such a nice way to enjoy a meal you love while staying safe at home.

Charcuterie Boards

Bash Board

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Wine Club

Red and White

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Bash Board: Conor’s cousin got this for us after Kate was born and we loved it so much that he ordered one for my birthday. We’ve sent them to friends, too. Such a great gift to give right now.

Red and White: Support a small business by signing up for their wine club or do what we did and place a big order to pick up curbside. We’re all stocked up for winter.

Candy Charcuterie Boards

ATL Boards

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Magazine Subscription

Yolo Magazine

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ATL Boards: You had me at candy charcuterie.

Yolo Magazine: Conor recommended this one. Founded by Matt Hranek’s wife, an independently run travel magazine for those with a case of wanderlust. So all of us.

The Gift of a New Skill

The Everygirl Courses

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Sweatshirts and Tees for Mama & Baby

Ford & Wyatt

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The Everygirl Courses: Ok, so I’m one of the founders of The Everygirl, but couldn’t be more proud of these courses. They are truly amazing and learning is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself or someone else.

Ford and Wyatt: These are so, so cute. Margot needs the Mama’s my girl shirt.

Dudley Stephens

The Softest Fleece

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Lake Pajamas

Soft PJs

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Dudley Stephens: Margot loves her pink fleece and so do I – I have three and have been wearing them on repeat.

LAKE Pajamas: This small, women-owned business is a favorite. LAKE makes the softest and most well-made pajamas (bonus: they have mens and maternity too). They make such a great gift.

Christmas Sweatshirt

Alice & Wonder

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Local (Chicago) Jewelry Designer

Dana Rebecca

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Alice & Wonder: From clothing to fun decor, and my collab to raise money for Lurie Children’s, there’s something fun for everyone.

Dana Rebecca: Another friend of mine, I love Dana and her jewelry. I have a few of Dana’s pieces and love them. I put these earrings in maybe years ago and haven’t taken them off.

Support Local Photographers

Katie Kett Photography

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Website Templates

Tonic Site Shop

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Katie Kett Photography: Katie photographed some of the most important moments of our lives – our wedding, Margot when she was just one day old, and our growing family.

Tonic Site Shop: Jen’s website templates are so clean and beautiful. She’s a talented graphic designer and friend. Love her work!

Margot's Favorite Hats

Shop 6 Heart

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Ew Covid Mug

The Beau Studio

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Shop 6 Heart: Margot and I are huge fans of this shop. It’s a small, black owned business that we have supported, and the turbans are the softest we’ve felt so far. Margot wears her polka dot plum hat (that’s what she calls it) almost daily.

The Beau Studio: I found this shop on Etsy and immediately bought a mug for my sister. The Ew Covid and Kamala mugs are my favorites. So fun, affordable, and supports another small, woman-run business!

Great Cozy Basics

Childhood's Clothing

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Story Time Gift Card

Big City Readers

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Childhood’s clothing: A bit of a splurge, but this brand is so soft and holds up well. Kate was just wearing one of Margot’s sets and it looked and felt brand new. Such great pieces for cozy days at home.

Big City Readers: We love Miss Beth! She is a friend of ours, but her classes are so fun and educational! We used to go in person when that was a thing and have had some issues attending with treatment days, but it’s always so fun and a really nice break from everything with COVID.

Sensory Kits

Young Wild and Friedman

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Kids Table/Tower

PID Kids

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Young Wild and Friedman: Margot has a handful of these kits. They’re so fun and make such great gifts! We’ve purchased for a few friends and everyone always raves about them.

PID Kids: This learning tower is great for small kitchens like ours. It converts to a table and is one of my most-asked about items in my home. Can’t say enough good things about it.

The Best Baby Basics

Quincy Mae

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Custom Bracelets

Ryan Crew Co.

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Quincy Mae: We love Quincy Mae and Rylee and Cru! The sweetest, softest pieces for babies and toddlers.

Ryan Crew Co.: Margot and I both have a few custom bracelets and love them! Such a fun gift, and so, so budget friendly.

Our Padded Play Mat

Toki Mats

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Margot's Favorite Lovey

Slumberkins

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Toki Mats: This is a splurge but worth every dollar. I bought ours when Margot was learning to sit up but always falling over. It’s really padded but sturdy, has a waterproof cover, soft, and folds up to 1/4 of its size.

Slumberkins: If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how much Margot loves her fluffies, Big and Small. She can’t go anywhere without Big, and these are safe (unstuffed and no buttons) for toddlers to sleep with.

Rocker Board

Wiwiurka

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Layette and Swaddles

Lou Lou & Company

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Wiwiurka: Our rocker comes in a few weeks and I’m so excited for the girls to have fun using it as a rocker, climber, or little cafe. The natural would have been my first choice but I went with rainbows for my rainbow loving girl.

Lou Lou & Company: Another favorite brand that Margot wore all the time when she was a newborn. The swaddles are so soft and stretchy – we love them and have given them to almost every friend who’s had a baby. The brand since started making 2 piece outfits for older babies and toddlers, so Kate wears them all the time and has them to grow into, too.

Wooden Makeup Toy

Make Me Iconic

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One of my favorite toy stores

Rose & Rex

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Make Me Iconic: Margot received this makeup set as a gift and didn’t want to stop playing with it. This small brand has some adorable wooden toys that feel so sweet and simple.

Rose & Rex: One of my favorite toy shops to support, this is where my mother in law bought Margot’s big Christmas present.