shop_small_ 1We’re big proponents of local shopping. First of all we love our neighborhood parks, schools, and first responders so much that we don’t mind paying some taxes to keep the community strong.

We’re not big fans of the big-box, strip mall feel of so much of  Phoenix. It can be impersonal. Both of us grew up in neighborhoods with local retailers who recognized us as kids out shopping with our moms. After 18 years we know so many of our customers in just the same way.

So we’re big fans of Small Business Saturday. It’s a reminder to all of us about the importance of community, friendships and staying close to what we value. That’s not something you will ever find on the internet or in a big box store.

Small Business Saturday – this Saturday, Nov. 25 –  is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. To celebrate we’ll have local artists Chris and Joe Ray in the shop with their OMG PetArt Angel ornaments, charms and garden stakes. You won’t want to miss them.

Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is now celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

It’s pretty amazing how one small day has grown into a movement that millions of individuals, businesses, and communities have embraced nationwide—and continue to support each and every day.

We moved and expanded our shop to The Newton at 300 W. Camelback Road three years ago. We also celebrated our 19th anniversary. We couldn’t be here without the support of people who shop locally, enjoy unusual, unique items, and who value service and a smile over the lines and parking headaches at a mall. Every day people tells us they shop with us for the experience, the great choices we offer and our customer service. That’s not an exaggeration, it’s a testament to the endurance of a local community.

We’re grateful you make the choice to do business with us – by shopping, taking workshops, ordering online. We appreciate your business and will continue to do our best to provide the goods and services you want and need. Each time you buy something you’re using your power of choice. When you shop locally, you are choosing to invest in and strengthen your community. Here are some facts provided by Local First Arizona on the value of local shopping.

Did you know?

  • For every two jobs national retailers bring to a community, three jobs are lost as a result of local businesses closing down.
  • When you shop at locally owned businesses, your money is recirculated over and over and creates up to 75% more tax revenue to your community and state.
  • Blighted empty shopping areas are created in your community when chain stores re-locate to a more lucrative shopping center, or leave altogether. Literally hundreds of big stores are abandoned each year across the United States.
  • Independent businesses are unique enterprises that contribute to the character of our community by offering a more diverse selections of goods and services.
  • Independent businesses provide meaningful service with a personal touch. It matters to them that you are satisfied and will come back again.

Thank you!