Raise your hand if you've already decorated for the holidays... 🙋🏼♀️
I have no regrets getting in the Christmas spirit early this year, I'm loving the cosiness & familiarity of sparkly garlands, stockings on the mantle, and fluffy winter blankets on the sofa.
Besides, after the year we've had, I need all the cosiness I can get!
A favorite holiday pastime of mine is gift shopping. I love hunting for that perfect gift for friends and family ( and a little something for myself along the way 😉 ).
There's nothing like visiting local businesses during the holidays. I'll make a day of it; grab my favorite hot coffee (cappuccino with cinnamon), bundle up in a warm sweater, and shop hop until I've found something for everyone on my list.
Speaking of lists, I've compiled all of my favorite small businesses here in Southeastern MA for holiday (and regular!) shopping.
Let me know what you think & comment below with your favorite small businesses.
01 | Heritage House Christian Bookstore
I'm a little biased about this one because my mother owns it, BUT that doesn't mean it's not an amazing place for books, gifts, stationery, etc. Heritage House is stacked with Christmas gifts, cards, books, and stocking stuffers. You could literally buy for everyone in your life at the one shop. Heritage House is located in Brockton MA, just off Route 24. It's easy to get to and have a cosy, welcoming environment. Visit their website to learn more.
02 | Calico
Do you have a fashion-lover in your life? Calico is the place for you. Their chic New Bedford storefront is home to fresh new styles every week. From clothing and outerwear to shoes and accessories, Calico carefully curates their unique offering. Plus, you won't want to sleep on their amazing holiday deals! Visit Calico on Instagram or shop online at shopcalico.com
03 | Between the Roses
You already know about Between the Roses from our giveaway earlier this year. This sweet Lakeville boutique is the place to go for town merchandise, original artwork, and of course, gorgeous floral arrangements. Maybe you're not gift-giving this year; consider bringing a floral piece to the host of your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Check out Between the Roses at betweentherosesflorist.com.
04 | Shimmer
My best friend and I began a holiday tradition of brunch & shopping in Downton New Bedford and this is our go-to for gifts for ourselves. I have no shame in admitting that I shop for myself around the holidays, and you won't either when you visit Shimmer. Shimmer is THE place for clean beauty, skin care and more. With makeup, hair care, and even gifts for the guys, Shimmer creates custom gift sets! Can it get any easier? You can learn more about Shimmer on Instagram and shop online at www.shopshimmerbeauty.com
05 | Blessing Barn Home Store
Looking to give back while you shop for your friends and family? The Blessing Barn is the retail thrift space of Compassion New England, a non-profit community outreach program in Mendon & Beacon Hill MA. This place is full of home decor gems for the designer in your life. Maybe you need something more practical; Blessing Barn has top notch thrifted clothing, shoes, and accessories too. Visit their flagship store in Mendon and their new place in Beacon Hill. Shop online here.
06 | Knotty Knit
If you've never been to Padanaram Village before, you have to visit during the holidays. This historic center of Dartmouth MA is transformed into a winter wonderland with Christmas lights, holiday pop-ups and plenty of coffee shops to warm you up. Knotty Knit is Padanaram's first and only yarn shop. If you know me, I love to knit. Finding this boutique yarn store was life changing. High quality yarn at affordable prices and the most wonderful staff. I know you all have a knitter in your life. I promise, they will love whatever you find here. View their Instagram for patterns and inspiration, and pop on over to their website for more info.
07 | Middleboro Antique Co-op
One of the greatest additions to Middleboro is this 22,000+ square-foot antique center. You'll find everything from furniture and decor to music and tools, and so much more. What stands out about this particular antiques shop is it's multi-vendor set up. Each space offers is own unique array of items. Need something specific? Each staff member, whether a vendor or facilitator, is happy to guide you in the right direction. The welcoming environment is enough to go back time and time again. And with two floors of merchandise, you could probably spend an entire day here. Learn more about Middleboro Antique Co-op on their Facebook page.
If there is a time that shopping small is most needed, it's 2020. Let's all give the big box stores and online sellers a break and go back to our roots. You're not just buying an item or two, you're supporting a valuable member of your community, giving them what they need to keep providing their unique mark on the world. I hope this list of my favorite local shops sparks something in you to give yours a boost this holiday season and share the importance of small businesses!