My favorite places to #ShopSmall

It’s #SmallBusinessSaturday! As you may have gathered from previous blog posts, I am all about supporting small businesses and I have an especially soft spot in my heart (and wallet) for Michigan creators/artists. In honor of today, I’ve rounded up all my favorite small businesses in Michigan and compiled them in one place.  Happy shopping!

Rebel Reclaimed 

My friend Andrea introduced me to this store about a year and a half ago and I have stopped in every time I have been in Grand Rapids since. I have brought my mom here, my boyfriend, and even dragged a coworker there on a recent work trip (I say drag, but he loved it so, win/win).

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, there is something for everyone on your list at this store. From funny/witty to heartfelt and thoughtful this store could be your one stop shop, if you wanted it to be. Prayer candles with the Fab Five? Check. Ruth Bader Ginsburg merch? Yup. Witty cards? Loads of ‘em. Candles? Of course. Plants? Duh.

They recently moved into a much bigger space (yay for small businesses growing!) and in addition to being successful entrepreneurs Chip and Dan are also the cutest couple of all time.

Dime & Regal

In keeping with the West Michigan theme, I have to mention another great store—Dime & Regal.

By now you know all about my affinity for small business/local creators/artists. Dime & Regal was essentially made for people like me. Dime & Regal is a handmade goods store dedicated to showcasing local artists and Michigan made products—and they do so in a very sleek, chic way.

My absolutely favorite items are the handmade ceramic boob planters by Hillary Dragon Ceramics. I saw them on Instagram and knew that I had to have one in my home. I basically stalked Dime & Regal on IG to make sure they’d have them in stock when I was in town (they sell out fast!) and was thrilled when I got there and they had loads of them. 

Rock Paper Scissors

I first went to Rock, Paper Scissors with my mom during a day trip to Ann Arbor and it was love at first sight (shop?). The store is filled to the brim with things that you could purchase for other people as gifts but, let’s be real, you’ll probably want to keep for yourself.

My absolute favorite thing about Rock Paper Scissors is their card selection. If you know me, you know that I love buying cards. I don’t think that you need a special holiday to remind people that you love and care about them, and Rock Paper Scissors is my go-to for supplying those witty, thoughtful, sometimes inappropriate, but always hilarious, cards.

My other favorite thing about RPS (well, one of my favorites, if I listed them all we’d be here all day) is the amount of political inventory they have in their store. From RBG ornaments, to children’s books about activism and feminism, to things that make fun of Trump ( I bought my boss some Donald Trump Tiny Hand soap for his birthday) I absolutely love RPS’ selection.

I stop by this store every time I’m in Ann Arbor. I recently brought my boyfriend here and he had as much fun browsing the store as I did.

City Bird

My time in Detroit isn’t complete unless I’ve stopped at City Bird. We’ve already established that I love cards and City Bird has plenty of ‘em. I feel like most Michiganders have a special place in their heart of Detroit (or maybe it’s just me?) but I buy Detroit-themed merch every time I come here because it is the best place to buy it.

This is one of my go-to stores for stocking stuffers. Aside from Detroit-themed things, I love buying Michigan-themed things. I have purchased coasters, magnets, postcards, keychains, cups and more from City Bird that are emblazoned with Michigan specific imagery because, well, I can’t stop myself. I take them home and gift them to family, no matter what time is it.

In addition to Michigan stuff, I have also purchased some really great office stuff from there including a nameplate that says “Fucker in charge of all you fucks” on it that I gifted to a coworker. I bought one for myself that says “Nasty Woman.”

Nest

Ah, I am a sucker for Nest. Nest and City Bird are next door neighbors and I never visit one without immediately stopping next door. Nest is my go-to for all things plant-related. They have a huge assortment of plants and planters (and really cool brass misters).

This is a great store if you’re looking for small things for the home. In addition to all the plant stuff, they also have lots of things for the home. I am especially impartial to the kitchen items (and candles because, duh), and I can never walk into this store without walking out with something I probably didn’t need.

Vosenna

I have an entire blog post dedicated to Vosenna and how much I love the store, the owner and their business philosophy. If you love makeup, this store is an absolute must on your shopping list (if not for your loved ones, than for yourself). 

Walking into Vosenna is like walking into an indie makeup paradise where nothing is tested on animals, most things are vegan and (almost) everything is made in the United States. There is something at Vosenna for everyone, ranging from makeup to skincare to fragrance (yes, that’s right—even for men!).

Retail Therapy

Located in Lansing’s historic Old Town, Retail Therapy is a staple for clothing in #LoveLansing.  Retail Therapy has an eclectic mix of American, European, and Asian women’s fashion with an emphasis on sustainable, ethical, slow fashion labels.

From clothing, shoes and accessories there is definitely something for women of all ages at Retail Therapy. I recently picked up an adorable coat for my mom for Christmas (and gave it to her early because I’m horrible at giving gifts) and she loves it!

By the way #LoveLansing friends, Retail Therapy is having a Shop Small event today with sales and wine and cheese. The best way to shop is with wine and cheese.

Rail and Anchor

Walking into Rail and Anchor feels like home.  The store always smells amazing, there’s soft music playing and you’re always greeted with a fresh cup of tea. Talk about an ideal shopping experience. 

Rail and Anchor is full-to-the-brim with everything you could ever want or need. Some of my favorites are the candles they carry (I looove P.F. Candles), the jewelry (Machete earrings are my fav) and the keychains! Rail and Anchor also houses perhaps the coziest corner of plants in Michigan, and I’m tempted to buy them all every time I walk in the store.

They always have the funnest, most eclectic mix of inventory, I always end up doing multiple laps in an effort to take everything in.

Van Atta’s Greenhouse

Even if you and everyone you know has a black thumb, you’ll still want to put Van Atta’s on your Christmas shopping list. In addition to having an amazing selection of plants, they have loads of other goodies, including Michigan made products. From candles (shoutout to Kalamazoo Candle company!) to clothing, to a surprisingly large section of cards (including one of my favorite artists/creators Emily McDowell) I sometimes go to Van Atta’s just to look around.

If you are shopping for someone who loves plants, you’ve come to the right place. Van Atta’s has an amazing selection of plants, including tropicals. That means you can stop up on those cacti, succulents and air plants for the crazy plant lady in your life. Or also for me, if you’re feeling generous.

Elodie Boutique

I’ve blogged about Elodie Boutique before, but had to include it on this list because I love them. A little outside of my normal shopping radius, Elodie is located in Midland, Michigan and has tons and tons of adorable clothing, shoes and accessories for women.

I bought a brown hat there earlier this yet (pictured above) and I am still obsessed with it. It is seriously the cutest boutique full of so many good things. Jewelry, big floppy hats (my favorite) and cute clothes—all at very reasonable price points.

TL;DR

Did you know that there are more than 870,000 small businesses across Michigan? If you tend to shop at big box stores, I challenge you to visit local businesses first this holiday season. The crowds are smaller, the gifts are unique and you’re helping support a real person & their community.  After all, for every dollar spent at a small business, 67 cents of it goes back to the local community.

 

 

 

 

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