Support the Hometown Hustle this Holiday Season
As tempting as it may be to fill up that Amazon cart and get all your holiday shopping done in a couple clicks, your hometown hustlers deserve your support more than ever this year. Any year, shopping locally has multiple benefits ranging from creating more local jobs to being more environmentally sustainable. In 2020, the pains of the pandemic have led to curated collaborations and more options to shop online locally. Here are some of our favorite Philadelphia small businesses to buy from this holiday season:
Joy Box is a customizable care package of essential non-essentials made by a vibrant community of small businesses who are deeply rooted in the great city of Philadelphia. Options include beer from women-owned businesses like Triple Bottom Brewing, Third Wheel Cheese Cheese Co, and Caphe Roaster’s; first and only Vietnamese specialty coffee roastery in Philadelphia.
The Bok Building is home to hundreds of awesome small businesses such as NaturALL, a black women-owned natural hair care company. Check out all the tenants at the Bok Shop and don’t miss Bok in a Box – a gift box collaboration between Bok Tenants with Home and Self-care Options.
Gorgeous Dilo Candles are hand-poured in Philadelphia and make the perfect gift for any occasion. This year Dilo is also teamed up with other Philadelphia brands like Ivy House Design and Terra Luna to bring you holiday boxes for him and her.
If you want to give people something they are sure to use, 2020 is the perfect year to give soaps and hand sanitizer. Hand in Hand soap is a Philly-based soap company that you can find in Target and Whole Foods as well as ordering from them directly. To date, Hand in Hand has donated over 1.6 million bars of soap to children in Haiti and has built or repaired 4 wells that provide thousands of people with clean water. Plus, their hand sanitizer smells like a nice cocktail, their soaps won’t dry out your hand, and their aluminum packaging is more environmentally-friendly than plastic.
The Chillspace is a collaboration between Sweets CBD and Vitality, two black women-owned businesses. They have several package options available for the wellness obsessed, as well as a la carte items like CBS infused honey that will make your holiday cheese board even more impressive.
Taking on the enormous challenge of opening a shop in a pandemic, Ceramic Concept PHL is retail space curated by Stefani Threet of Threet Ceramics. The shop features the work of local artists of color and women. Sign up for a time slot to social-distantly browse the shop and find the new favorite mug, ornament, planter, or earrings for everyone on your list.
Felt and Fat ceramics are a favorite of restaurants throughout the country and are also the perfect backdrop for all the home cooked meals you’ve been making (or takeout you’ve been ordering) They’ve also got everything from vases to dog bowls to a Bad Things Happen in Philadelphia mug, all handmade in Kensington.
Grant Blvd pieces are the perfect gift for any fashion forward person who loves to wear their values. This black women-owned business also opened a retail space mid pandemic, where owner Kimberly McGlonn has been featuring sustainable textile art from local artists.
Up your at home wardrobe game with wearable works of art from Printfresh. This women-owned business designs everything from their studio in Kensington. Their gorgeously patterned PJs, now available for men and women, will make whoever wears them feel very happy about not leaving the house.
While a mission to reduce food waste, Piggyback Treats has created yummy and healthy treats that are perfect for spoiling your favorite dogs and cats.
Have fun shopping small and local this holiday season and let us know who we missed in the comments below!