With the holidays in full swing there’s no time like the present to spread some extra holiday cheer at your favorite small businesses.  I know it can be hard to pass up deeper discounts and free shipping that often come with bigger retailers, but as a small business owner myself, I can tell you that your dollar goes a looong way at a small business.  

Whether it’s a small online brand or your favorite local decor shop, when you support a small business you’re also supporting the people behind it.  Often times, for small business owners their business is more than just a business — it’s an extension of who they are as well as their main source of income.  Personally, there’s nothing I love more than finding a new brand or local business, reading up on the Founder and their story and building an intimate relationship with their products and business.  

Seriously, drop your favorite small brands and businesses in the comments below!  

Now, some may argue that “shopping small” is exclusively reserved for local businesses and entrepreneurs, which, to a degree I agree with, but there are tons of small businesses online that I also feel are worthy of a dollar, Instagram like, or product review.  Below are a handful (and to be honest probably a small portion of my larger list) of brands and businesses that I’ve either come to know and love or have had my eye on to try along with a few Portland specific establishments that hold a special spot in my heart.  

Brands and Businesses

Wellness and Beauty

Peak and Valley, Standard Dose, Lesse, Liha, Dieux Skin, Klur, ThirteenLune, St. Rose (fragrance)

Fashion and Lifestyle

Tove, With Nothing Underneath, Matteau, Totême, Her Cipher, Marina Raphael, Refine, Bruce NYC, Oma The Label, Kinn, New Classics, Paradis Perdus, &Daughter, LouLou, Lisa Yang, Arjé, House of Dagmar, Envelop1976, ASCENO, AEYDE, Rêve En Vert, St. Agni, AMANU, House of Lolo


Helen Milan, Nur Ceramics, June Home Supply, Claude Home, Anyon Atelier, Nette, La Botica

A few other resources for shopping small online that I often refer back to: Small Brand Love and Create & Cultivate

Portland Favorites

Coffee – Cup & Bar, Upper Lefter Roasters

Home DecorSpartan Shop, Mantel

Fashion – Mercantile

Food – Greenleaf, Bastion, Bar West, Jacqueline, Dame

Beauty and WellnessTessa Matsis Smith, Rich Earth Organic Spa, Golden Hour



December 14, 2021



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