While Small Business Saturday has become an annual event, please remember that by choosing to patronize small businesses, you ultimately help families pay for soccer or karate or new sneakers for ever-growing feet -- you are doing a GOOD thing.
Chic & Green has long been a supporter of something called the 3/50 Project. Follow the link to read more about its mission. Did you know that if HALF of the employed adult population in the US spent $50 per month in locally owned businesses, it would actually result in more than $42.6 billion in revenue?
Shop with your favorite brick and mortar boutiques like Peppermint on Park Avenue in Rochester. Go have lunch at the Market Grill at I-Square here in Irondequoit. Get the Market Sandwich on a croissant -- or the veggie quesadillas. The sidewinder fries are salted heaven. Grab some ice cream at I-Scream, try some phenomenal creations at Encore Chocolates and grab a latte at Sips.
These are a few of my favorite places in the area.
Get your body care -- all 100% plant based, gluten-free and vegan-- from (seed) Body Care, based in Princeton, New Jersey. You can find it here at Wegmans! Looking for some lovely, hand-crafted hair care? Original Moxie is my pick. Rachel is based in Michigan.
Shop with your favorite direct sales consultants. I am proof that you can have a successful direct sales business and have it be life-changing. I have been with Utah-based, sister-owned Jamberry Nails for 15 months. I have a team of 140 consultants across the United States and sales of greater than $170K -- in NAIL WRAPS! Buy selling an American-made product I LOVE, I am able to send my son to a private school we would not have been able to afford. I am able to help others achieve THEIR dreams and financial goals, too. It's a really special thing!
In honor of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and today -- Small Business Saturday -- I assembled 20+ incredible small businesses for the Shop Small Holiday Pop-Up Boutique on Facebook.
Through December 5th, we will be sharing our favorite products and a bit about our businesses with you. We have several handmade artisans, as well as direct sales consultants. Stop on over and visit us!
I also am listing each one here, along with links to our websites (if applicable):
Blue Honey Jewelry by Julie Rodda
The Happy Life by Sheryn Kelderhouse
Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soap, Nan Goodwin
BonBonStudios, Bonnie Lee Fontaine
Handmade Ornaments by Ed Tucciarone
Blue Bird Desserts & Design, Beth Rienstra
Teething necklaces by iPuke, Inc. on Etsy, Sandy Sundlov
Karley Ziegler Mott, Jamberry Nails
Ashley Sanford (she's my amazing younger cousin and mom to twin boys), Lemongrass Spa
Tastefully Simple, Stephanie Butler
LulaRoe with Tanvi Asher
Norwex, Lisa Celestino
Liana Duyssen, Thirty-One Gifts
Jenifer Beldue, Mary Kay
Pam Korte, Steeped Tea
Laura Jane Prokarym, Plexus
Kelli Cheney, Scentsy
Peggy Derivan, Young Living