Small Business Shopping Guide

Small business shopping guide

Miansai in Venice Beach, California.

I’m not big on Black Friday shopping, it’s just never been my thing. I don’t like the crowds or excessive consumption based solely on the idea of a good deal. I do love the idea of Small Business Saturday though, that’s an idea I can fully support. Today I’ve gathered up some of my favorite California-local recommendations from friends and family, and some of my personal favorites as well to share with you.

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Minted Local, A San Francisco Pop Up Shop

Minted Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco, California

Minted Pop-Up Shop in San Francisco, California

Not too long ago I had the privilege of attending the grand opening Minted Local, a new pop up shop from Minted in San Francisco, California. The night was full of wonderful people and beautiful things, a perfect embodiment of Minted’s brand and lifestyle feel. The shop features art, home goods, and stationery from Minted’s community of independent artists and designers. There is even a special area dedicated to California-based artists and offers original art and one-of-a-kind items (my favorite section!) Minted Local will also host workshops, artists-in-residence programs, styling services, as well as interactive crafts and complimentary mementos to keep children entertained while you’re shopping.

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Feel Good Holiday Shopping

Feel Good Shopping Guide: Look and feel good about your shopping choices this holiday season. Features 20 retailers to shop consciously from.

Image via Zady.

This year it seems like the holidays crept up on me. I can’t believe it’s already after Thanksgiving and the Black Friday sales are in full swing. I feel like Halloween was only yesterday. On the plus side, we pick out our tree this weekend! On the down side, the onslaught of retail information is being shoved down your throat 24/7.

Lately I’ve put a lot of thought into my buying habits, and where my money actually goes. I constantly find myself being pulled to products that not only make me feel good, but do good by the companies and people who work for them. There’s a fine line between being modern and stylish and being sustainable, organic, earth-friendly, or socially conscious and these companies are in my thoughts because they straddle that line so well.

I hope this “Feel Good Shopping Guide” finds you well in the midst of all of the other shopping chatter and sales and that you are able to find peace in the thought of quality over quantity. Less is always more.

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