More now than ever it is so important to support local and small businesses. My heart breaks for all those small business owners that worked so hard to start and expand their brands and, in many instances, their businesses have been forced to a near-halt due to the ongoing pandemic. I personally have found some of my absolute favorite small businesses through this online community, either through an Instagram message or just browsing social media. I love sharing these businesses and so many of you seem to enjoy them – and it truly makes such a difference to these businesses when we come together and support them.
The messages I have received from the owners of many of the small shops featured below have truly made my heart explode, and made me realize how important it is to spread the word about them during this uncertain time. Even a small uptick in traffic and orders can make such a difference. To celebrate and support these businesses, over the next few weeks and months, I’ll be sharing many more small businesses that are SO deserving of your support!
While I included a bunch of my go-to’s below, I also reached out to you all on Instagram and asked you to send me any small businesses you knew and loved, especially ones that were impacted by COVID-19. Today I’m sharing some of those and focusing on all things baby/kids (and pets!). So many cool new options to shop and I hope you all enjoy.
Paper Kite– “A charming little shop filled with paper goods and cheerful gifts like this Avocado teether, for baby kids and home. Based in Lincoln, NE
Clover Baby & Kids– Owned by two moms living on separate coasts-shop baby and kids goods designed for sleep & play, hand-painted patterns, and gender neutral sets like this.
The Purple Giraffe– A children’s boutique offering items from clothes and shoes, to toys and accessories like these Copper And Pearl Bibs which are the best and only bib we have ever used! Located in downtown Oconomowoc, WI.
Type League Press– This coffee mug is one of my all time favorite gifts and is great to purchase for so many occasions! Type League Press is based out of Chicago and hand-makes several different types of personalized items and gifts.
Designs By Chad And Jake– Based out of Florida, a family owned personalized baby gift company who makes adorable items like this personalized robe.
Sammy + Nat– Sister owned company inspired by their late mother who was a midwife. They offer luxe baby and child items like this adorable avocado muslin swaddle. And for every pair of PJs sold, a onesie goes to a baby in need. Based out of Rye, NY and Ridgefield, CT.
Doodle & Jack– A Sister-in-law Duo business in Western, NY who hand-make baby clothes and accessories, featuring fun print leggings like these milk and cookie ones.
Susie & George Fasbinder– Our friend’s parents have written and illustrated these awesome children books! Our favorites are “The New Yorker Porker” and “I want to Shake Hands with an Octopus,” but there are SO many good ones!
Grey Little Arrows– Is Based out of Chicago and hand-makes tees like this birthday dude tee I bought for Logan to celebrate his first birthday. This one was a hit with you all!
Marcia’s Attic for Kids– based in Englewood, NJ, Marcia’s Attic “specializes in head to toe dressing for infant to size 16, offering Gift Wrap, Camp, Jewelry, Shoes, Accessories and more!” Find them on Instagram @marciasatticforkids
Pollywogs Children’s Boutique– Based in Needham, MA, they are a local, sister owned children’s boutique carrying hand-selected clothing from American and European designers along with a collection of accessories, Christening and First Communion wear. Find them on Instagram @pollywogskids
Woffle Co.– Organic, non-toxic pet beds made in the USA. For every bed purchased one is donated to a shelter dog in need (love that!!) Find them on Instagram @woffleco
Gibbons Ribbons– Based in Philadelphia, PA, Gibbons Ribbons offers Handmade accessories for both pets and their people. Find them on Instagram @gibbons_ribbons