Being a small business, Serene Mktg understands the importance of small and local businesses to the community. Stats show they are the backbone of our economy. You don’t have to look at statistics though to understand an even more important aspect of supporting small and local – that when you shop small, you’re supporting someone’s dream. And we’re wondering… what’s better than that?
Whether shopping for yourself or someone else this holiday season, we hope you consider shopping small and local before opening Amazon. Not only does the small business community need it given the way 2020 has gone, but there’s nothing that compares to the quality of product and customer service you receive when shopping small. In our opinion, the small business community emulates what the holiday season should be all about.
To help make your shopping easier, we’ve thrown together a guide with our favorite small businesses. From this list you can find unique items you can’t find anywhere else, quality customer service, adorable packaging (gotta love it), and much more. Here’s to being more intentional with where we spend our money this year – happy shopping!!
MILLER LANE MERCANTILE
Miller Lane Mercantile is based in Denver, CO with the cutest little shop – you can also shop them online. Miller Lane offers a collection of homewares that have been perfectly curated to make you feel good. To make gift shopping easy, they’re offering several gift boxes and kits with options for everyone. If you asked us what our favorite item at Miller Lane is, we’d have to say their 29 Palms Candle – we have it burning on our workdesk all day, every day. Check them out on Instagram!
Comfortable, functional and versatile fashion is what Offbeat Native is all about. Their online shop serves women who work, chill and travel with a focus on instilling confidence and providing great customer service. From comfy sweaters to trendy accessories, Offbeat Native offers everything you need to tackle your dreams in comfort and style. And we hear they are dropping gift boxes this week to make holiday shopping easy! Check out their Instagram!
WILDE HOUSE PAPER
If you’re into aesthetics and still like to put pen to paper, you’re going to want to check out Wilde House Paper, a lifestyle stationary brand. We discovered Wilde House earlier this year and have been obsessed ever since. From keeping us organized in the office with their Daily List Pad and Day Journal to their Sets that have made great gifts – WE ARE OBSESSED! Check them out on Instagram!
You can’t go wrong with giving candles as a gift and you definitely can’t go wrong with getting those candles from Detroit Rose, one of our “hometown favorites”. If you didn’t know, the founder of Serene Mktg is from the Detroit, MI area. Not only do they offer candles with the most unique scents, they also have skincare – we are currently eyeing the Essential Body Oil ?. Plus Detroit Rose offers those focused on sustainability the opportunity to do without the packaging, which is a great perk, although…we do LOVE their packaging. Check out their Instagram!
Just like we still enjoy putting pen to paper, we still enjoy reading out of physical books. One of our favorite places to get our books is BookBar Denver. Their store offers a curated selection of books with a comfy, cozy feel complete with a bar and outdoor seating. You can enjoy a new read and glass of wine and call it self-care. Right now they are offering free shipping from their online store, so check them out for your reading or gift needs!
Sienna Studios is a new brand that just stepped onto the scene and made a big splash. They offer GORGEOUS handmade earth-toned decorative pieces that make for perfect gifts or “I’m going to treat myself” items. We haven’t been able to shop them yet – they are sold out as of 11/22 – BUT they are on our shopping list this holiday season! Check out their IG!
City Bird is another hometown favorite one of our followers recommended. Along with Detroit themed items, they offer a little bit of everything – gifts for kids, gifts for plant lovers.. the list goes on. City Bird can be your one-stop-shop for all your gift giving needs this season. Check them out on Instagram!
CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS
We discovered CHIMMI from We Gave What during their recent pop-up and were immediately drawn to their story and on-trend products. Ever since our first glance at their IG, we’ve been contemplating what hair accessories to purchase because they’re all THAT GOOD. Not only is the CHIMMI story captivating, but their accessories also make for the perfect gift or “treat yourself” item. Check them out on Instagram!