Our Local Holiday Shopping Guide

Photo by  kelsey nelson

Photo by kelsey nelson

     Well everyone, it’s now holiday shopping season!  With the official Shop Small Saturday just around the corner, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite local makers and locally owned stores to help you with your shopping this season! Let's show our local business owners some love! 


Local Makers We Love


Raleigh Calligraphy: While she specializes in calligraphy and invitation suites, she also has some beautiful prints that would make such sweet, meaningful gifts.

Good JuJu Herbal: You can shop online or if you’re local, you can find these gifts in a lot of nearby shops. These soaps are so good for your skin and make wonderful stocking stuffers. Have a dog lover in your life? They have amazing dog soap as well!

Shelby Dillon Studio: This amazing artist has turned her pieces of work into art for your couch, your bar cart, your ears, and more. Her online shop has fabulous gifts such as pillows and bags to stocking stuffers such as earrings and coasters.

Lo & Behold: I cannot say enough good things about these bath salts! But that’s not all they have. Lo & Behold has an entire line of natural small batch skin care. 

Wordsky Designs: Kyle's hand cut wood pieces are so cool and such a great way to show your love of local on the walls! While he got started with the Raleigh skyline, he's grown to make tons of custom designs. 



Local Stores We Adore

Port of Raleigh: This store is what modern dreams are made of. Lots of wonderful pieces for the home ranging from recyclable dining products to furnishings.

DECO: This is honestly one of my favorite spots for grabbing gifts real quickly. They have a little bit of everything! Lots of local love in there!

The Zen Succulent: If you aren’t traveling too far, this is a great spot to pick up succulents and other live plants for gifts. But that’s not all they have. They also carry beautiful books, locally made soaps, and trendy planters. 

The Flourish Market: They are stocked with some pretty cute home goods items but they are known for their ethically sourced clothing. It's a twofer! Locally owned and doing good in the world! 


We hope that this season, you consider shopping local. It means more to us entrepreneurs than you'll ever know! Happy Holidays everyone! 

Shop Small Saturday: Good JuJu Herbal

         I am so excited to announce the beginning of my blog series, Shop Small Saturday! With this series, I will feature makers and small shops that are either local to the Triangle, NC area or who have online shops such as Etsy that I happen to especially enjoy. It is my hope that through this blog series you will find some cute home items that you just *have* to have and all together we can support small businesses. 

         When thinking who I should start out with, Good JuJu Herbal kept coming to mind. At first I thought I should maybe start with someone else because I have already posted about Good JuJu on my Instagram account a few times. However, I've already posted about this shop a few times because it is SO good. Seriously, I adore the soaps and the owner is just the sweetest! 

         I originally discovered this brand at a pop up event inside a brewery. This is a great way to find local makers in your area! Judith, the owner, was happy to speak with us about why she started making her own soaps and what went into them. She has created a line of soaps which are vegan (I'm mostly vegan so this makes me super happy), made without parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate or synthetic dyes/pigments. She also notes on her website that all products are tested on human friends only. I would happily volunteer to test out new products! 

         Other wonderful tidbits about Good JuJu is that a portion of the profits are donated to charities on a six month rotation basis. According to their website, they have donated to Conservation International and the Wonders of Wildlife program. Add to this that they are working on making their workshop solar powered and you basically have my dream company! 

          So now that you are absolutely in love with the business, you're about to fall in love with the product! I have always needed to be a bit picky with my soap choices, long before I was a mini hippie. Certain soaps just make my skin break out. Y'all, since using these soaps I haven't had a single issue! And they smell amazing! I wish their was a scratch and sniff feature to their website so you could all see for yourselves! 

         My personal favorite is the felt covered soap because it's not as slippery and I don't end up chasing my soap around the shower. I have also used the exfoliating bar to help get a glowing look. And then the Rose Clay and Geranium bar smells divine. Oh! And I can't forget about their dog soap bar! Yes, my dog is high maintenance and has skin issues as well. This soap is heaven sent! 

        Good JuJu has recently started making gift boxes as well. Spoiler alert! Many of my friends can expect to receive some of these in the future! Who doesn't love giving gifts that give back to the community? If you're now as in love with Good JuJu Herbal as I am, you should click here to check out their website and do a little shopping yourself! You can also find Good JuJu on Instagram to see which local markets they will be at on the weekends. 



If you are interested in being featured in a Shop Small Saturday post, please feel free to reach out to me! I love collaborating with other small businesses!