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Hey babes!

Do you shop small? What I mean is do you shop in small businesses. I support many small businesses.

Here are some reasons I support small  businesses.

*Small businesses are often locally owned (giving back to my community makes me feel good) or an online shop.  These folks are entrepreneurs living their dream.

*Small businesses are all about growing their customer base so I know I will get great customer service.  They appreciate their customers and will typically offer special discounts.

*I like finding items that can’t be found in the mall or other stores.  Finding something truly unique or made to order sets me apart from following the crowd.

*Cosmetic and beauty products made in smaller batches means my product won’t spoil before I can finish using it.

*Some small businesses such as vintage clothing and thrift boutiques are popping up all over the internet.  I love them because I believe in reusing what we can and shopping these types of stores helps keep at least a wee bit of fabrics from being tossed into  landfills.

So that being said where DO I shop? I frequent a few of these and a couple are on my radar.

Margarita Bloom

Regina from Margarita Bloom is just the sweetest girl you will ever meet. She represents the brand that manufactures natural beauty products such as soaps,  lotions,  bath salts,  lipsticks,  etc.  She will work with you and personalize your scent.  Go treat yourself and tell her I sent you.

Racked Vintage

My girl friend Janice is the owner/ curator of this vintage wonderland. I seriously can’t look at her shop without swooning.  She’s been in  the business for years and is a true professional.  If you dream of cupcake dresses from the 50s , look no further than Racked Vintage.

Salt Light Company

I recently discovered this shop when I was looking for an organic goat milk lotion for my face.  Oh my goodness! The cream I bought is amazing! I highly recommend giving  this family owned business a try. They produce all their body products from nature.  Jessica is very prompt and cordial and best of all this small business is centered on Christ.

PearlAndIvyHandmade

Robyn is the creative genius behind this gorgeous shop. Each hand crafted piece is truly a work of art. If you want one  of a kind jewelry,  you will certainly not be disappointed.  Wait until you see the selection!!

Hollis Eve Company

Remember this fabulous thrift  company made up of twin sisters that I recently interviewed?! See post Here

They hunt for treasures everywhere and have many platforms to shop from.  From depop to Facebook, you will get your fix of affordable wearables.

The Gilded Girl

This is a local Pittsburgh beauty boutique.  The owner is a dream.  I actually came across her via instagram and quickly started following her. I love that she provides many services such as private parties, a huge assortment of natural beauty products and perfumes,  and personal customer care.

So there are my top picks of small businesses that I choose to support.  Each one is exceeds my expectations and the entrepreneurs are all delightful women.  Please do visit them. And if you have a favorite small business you support , please share in the comments section below.

Love,

Debra

Hollis Eve Kind of Girl

Hello friends!!

Today I want to introduce you to Hollis Eve Company , an online boutique featuring gently worn items. I discovered this shop on the Thrifting Amino app that I help moderate.

Hollis Eve is the brainchild of two sisters from the south who discovered a love of thrifted and vintage clothing.

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Influenced by fashion trends, 90’s  grunge and vintage style, the brand has a real bohemian vibe.

The Hollis Eve girl is a free spirit. She’s confident. She cares for others. But she is also shy and romantic at heart.

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The boutique was a thrift shop in it’s infant years, but has grown, with the sisters,  into a specialty shop. Paly Bo does personal styling and Hollis scouts for one of a kind pieces. Their Facebook page is managed by their talented employee Doree, a cosplay artist, whom they met on You Tube.

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Paly Bo explained, “I’m passionate about people loving themselves and others. I want to help individuals feel good about themselves personally and professionally. To help others discover their dreams and getting there in style.”

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As kids the sisters were picked on in school because of their choice of style, something many of us can relate to.

“We would like to create a program to help low income families with children have fashionable clothing. We are 100% against bullying and those making any one feel they have no worth”, Hollis shared.

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The ladies shared a piece of advice for other entrepreneurs. Find yourself  a niche, something unique to offer. Network. Help others. And be patient.

If you liked this post you can follow Hollis Eve Company via their website Hollis Eve. 

And other social media.

Facebook page @HollisEve

Depop @Hollis_Eve_Co

Instagram @bad_Hair_Day36

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All photos are owned by Hollis Eve Company and were used with permission.

I want to thank Paly Bo And Hollis for allowing me to share a bit of what they do. I hope you enjoyed this post and visit them via one of their shops or social media.