Hello, November – and hello, Holiday Season!
The Natural Perfumers Guild posted this on Facebook, and I loved the sentiment! Particularly this year, when I’ve gotten to know so many entrepreneurs through my Kansas City Women in Business Project. Excellent small businesses can provide support, individual service, and fabulous personal relationships in a way that only a very, very few corporations ever can. Businesses of all shapes and sizes can benefit their communities of course, but I love how small businesses add spice and personality to the places we live.
In celebration of that, this holiday season I’ve determined to support small businesses in my own holiday shopping as much as possible. If you’d like to join me, here are a few Kansas City small businesses I heartily recommend:
1) 5B&Co Candlemakers – A clean-burning, highly scented candle is PERFECT for ANYONE. Bosses, coworkers, teachers, church acquaintances, white elephant gifts – and of course family and close friends! Order online or visit their cozy shops!
2) World’s Window – For those people on your list who seem to have everything already. Worlds Window features handicrafts from all over the world, one-of-a-kind pieces that each hold a story. Support a local business and international artisans at the same time – double win!
3) Maze Craze – A gift certificate to Maze Craze, a family fun center, would be a fabulous gift for families with kids. In the winter months, it’s hard to find something to do when you’re shut inside! The Maze Craze is fun for any age, and is something the whole family can do together. It also makes a great after-Thanksgiving or after-Christmas day activity, when you’re still on vacation but the festivities are over.
4) The Fiddly Fig – Sometimes we just need beautiful flowers – either for sending or for decorating our homes. The Fiddly Fig can not only provide you with breathtaking blooms, their shop has all sorts of unique home decor pieces and gift ideas, it’s really a one-stop holiday shop!
5) Create – Modern Home Decor – Whether it’s a custom dog bed for your pooch or a custom end table for your hubby’s bedside, Create can make your home sparkle. If you want a little updating before you host your holiday party, Sherry and her fantastic contractors can reupholster your furniture or create you something completely new. Create also has beautiful gift boxes and handbags, so be sure to drop by and browse while you’re on The Plaza!
Let’s make this a small business holiday season! What small businesses do you love in YOUR town?