i know - there's so much to-do about shopping these couple of days; black friday, small-business saturday, cyber monday, and there's maybe one or two marketing holidays this week that i don't know about...
while i don't want to force any do-gooder or pushy-saleswoman rhetoric in your face, i do hope that you'll support independent merchants and artisans this holiday season - your support and dollars really do mean a HUGE deal to us.
this saturday, as you're out and about, perhaps you can pop into and make a purchase at one of these fine independently-owned businesses - all good people/businesses that i can vouch for!
art star boutique: philadelphia, pa
megan and erin, who own this boutique selling wares by independent artisans, are awesome. i need to send them more kits, but go shop there and see what else they've got!
blue fish grill: flemington, nj
owned by my sister and her husband, the bfg makes a danm fine veggie burger, but what they're really known for is their fish & chips and wood-fired grilled fish and steaks and stuff.
cafe chismosa: philadelphia, pa
owned by my high school boyfriend (awwwww), the menu at chismosa makes me wish i lived a lot closer to philly. veggie friendly with super good coffee and lots of fresh daily specials.
clay, wood & cotton: beacon, ny
i've been working with these lovely ladies for a few years now, but never have made it to the shop. so you should go, and tell me how great it is! stocks chez-sucre-chez, but i definitely owe them more merch!
domestica: des moines, ia
i wish i lived closer so i could shop here! chrissy stocks chez-sucre-chez kits - go get 'em!
the foundrie: st. louis, mo
great place for gift shopping! despite its location in a mall, the foundrie is independently owned and supports independent artists by selling their work at a really fair consignment cut. they sell chez-sucre-chez kits; buy 'em up!
french garment cleaners: fort greene, brooklyn
owned by my friends alec and greg, french garment cleaners stocks nicey nice clothes (and a few home items) for men and women. stop in and tell them i say hello; i don't see those guys nearly enough anymore.
harvest coffee roastery: medford, nj
owned by the father/family of jaime/general-merriment, this is a new small business in the town where i went to high school. they're roasting up (and serving) coffee as well as selling a carefully curated selection of goods from local/small-business artisans, including chez-sucre-chez!