10 Places to Shop Small for Small Business Saturday

I have a major love-hate relationship with Amazon. As a busy Mom, they make it SO EASY to simplify my life. But, I can see the impact it has on my neighborhood. More and more, it’s difficult for small businesses to compete. When I walk down our formerly bustling shopping street, for rent signs plague the windows.

I hope you’ll join me in shopping small this holiday season. It’s important to support the business that are apart of our communities and make our neighborhoods unique. You will find amazing customer service, beautifully curated assortments, and many with gift wrapping services (bonus!). Below are a few of my favorite spots I’ll be shopping this season. Leave a note in the comments below to share some of yours!

Hawkins New York #shopsmall

Hawkins New York has beautiful, modern and accessible home goods. I have been eyeing the glassware since last Christmas!

Online @ hawkinsnewyork.com

Stores in LA, NYC & Hudson Valley

20% off everything with code COLORTHERAPY

The Epicurean Trader San Francisco #shopsmall

The Epicurean Trader is one of our favorite neighborhood spots. They carry a range of artisanal food, goods and liquor. There are plenty of gifts to choose from, and they make a mean gift basket. You can choose from gourmet or cocktail – sure to be a hit!

Online @ theepicureantrader.com

Stores in San Francisco (Cow Hollow, Bernal Heights & Hayes Valley)

Apolis Market Bag #shopsmall

I have a major obsession with the Apolis Market Bags. I have the Clare V collab, an NYC Bag, lunch bags for both of my kids, and a wine tote. So yeah…. I love them. They are a fun gift to give because you can personalize them with your own text. Scroll through their site or Instagram. People get so creative!

Apolis is a certified B Corp and you can read about their “advocacy through industry” model here.

Online @ store.apolisglobal.com

Carried in stores nationwide.

Clare V Simple Tote #shopsmall

My love of Clare V is very well documented. They are my all time favorite bags. They are great quality and beautifully designed. The foldover clutch, backpack, simple tote, weekender, and crossbody…I love them all! She also carries beautiful small leather goods and most items can be monogrammed to make it extra special.

Online @ clarev.com

Stores in San Francisco, LA, Denver, Chicago & New York. Select retailers nationwide.



Modern Citizen Addie Slip Skirt #shopsmall

I wrote about Modern Citizen in one of my monthly favorites posts. This is still one of my favorite neighborhood spots for simple but beautiful clothes and accessories. My latest fave is this green slip skirt! <<Heart Eyes>>

Online @ moderncitizen.com

Stores in San Francisco, Dalle & New York

Heath Ceramics made in Sausalito CA #shopsmall

Heath Ceramics is most well known for their beautiful ceramic dinnerware, but they also carry other beautiful objects for the home from vases to trays to cutting boards.

Employee owned and made in the San Francisco Bay Area, a visit to their factory is a treat. And if you need an actual treat when visiting, head next door to Tartine Manufactory at their Mission location.

Online @ heathceramics.com

Stores in San Francisco, Sausalito & LA.

Sprout San Francisco Multi-Language Alphabet Wooden Tray Puzzle

Sprout is one of my go to spots for kids. It’s a natural and organic children’s boutique. They carry a beautiful selection of clothes, toys, furniture, and essentials. They do all the work to determine what’s safe for our kids so we can shop worry-free! They also have various classes for kids and parents throughout the week. Win-win!

Online @ sproutsanfrancisco.com

Stores in San Francisco, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, LA, Utah, Chicago & New York

Today they are offering 30% off clothes with code SHOPSMALL.

Santa will be coming to town on 12/15 & all toys will be 20% off!

Maisonette Banwood Balance Bike #shopsmall

Maisonette has the most charming and chic selection of childrens toys and apparel. Tender Leaf Toys and Play Toys are some of our faves. We just got this adorable balance bike for Jackson’s 3rd birthday.

Online @ maisonette.com

Chateau Sonoma #shopsmall

Chateau Sonoma is a piece of France in the heart of wine country. The lovely owner Sarah and her team scour antique markets in France and around the world for treasures and mix them with local Sonoma artisans and jewelers. The mix of new and old is a beautifully curated feast for the eyes. When you walk into the store you can’t help but notice the beautiful smell – I picked up their signature scent diffuser last time I was there. It would make a great hostess gift!

Online @ chateausonoma.com

Store in Sonoma

Hicklebee's San Jose #shopsmall

Last but not least on the list are our local children’s bookstores. Hicklebee’s has been in San Jose for four generations, and bookstores like this are so few and far between these days. It makes me sad to think at some point these beautiful stores could become extinct without our support. I hope you take the time to seek out your local bookstore before hopping on Amazon. A few that come to mind:

Hicklebee’s in San Jose

Charlie’s Corner in San Francisco

Books of Wonder in New York


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