Seattle Pike Public Market on Christmas Day 2014
"Local business is the heartbeat of your neighborhood, the backbone of your community."
I've always worked in small business with great passion. However, collecting and curating a beautiful collection of treasures from local businesses was always more of my hobby. As time goes by, I find it has become my mission. As internet sales increase and big chain stores are finding bigger and betters ways to bring you that instantaneous gratification, small businesses are suffering.
As a buyer, a store manager and a consumer- when I look at the things I own, I realize that the things that have lasted are from small business owners. It's the places I went and things I saw and connected with that have remained constant in my life. Not only are these pieces a reflection of my personality and journey, they were chosen by a person or team of people that simply put, loved what they do.
I encourage all of you to shop with a small business mind and support these local shops and businesses that treat their local workers well in all areas of the world. If you can't shop local due to accessibility in your home town - http://www.preserve.us/ and http://www.thelittlemarket.com/ are two fantastic websites that make conscious decisions to keep giving back to the people that create all these wonderful things.
If you live in a city...get out there! Take a walk and get to know your neighborhood. Here are some of the lovely gems I've found in the beautiful city of Seattle, my home. I've also included a few pieces from one of the above websites.
To all you mom and pop shop owners, thank you for all your hard work to keep our cities full of heart and beauty.
Necklace from Venue Ballard by Diluce Designs
Earings from Preserve- supporting local business all over the USA. Earrings and Ring by WildAirCo in Brooklyn, NY
Ring from GoldDogs in Fremont, Bouncer It's Me polish by Essie
Bra from Bellefleur Lingerie Boutique in Fremont by Aubade, made in Paris.
Crop Top from Bellefleur Lingerie Boutique in Fremont by OnlyHearts, made in NYC.
Phone Case from Moorea Seal Boutique in Belltown
Earrings from Moorea Seal Boutique in Belltown
Seattle Downtown Library on a beautiful winter day January 2015