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Ways to Support Artists/Makers/Local Biz without Spending Money

While making an actual monetary investment is a wonderfully straightforward (and always appreciated!) way of supporting a small business or artist, there are times when you simply don’t have the funds, or really just don’t need what they’re selling at the moment.  That doesn’t mean you can’t still help out!  Until you’re ready to give them your cash again, here are a few ways you can show the love:

1.  Click that “Share” button so your friends can learn about the fantastic work your favorites are doing…it might be just what they were looking for.

2.  then “like” and comment!  While bills cannot be paid with good vibes (unfortunately), we still appreciate them!  And sometimes, the simplest kind word can totally make someone’s day.

3.  Write a review and/or leave feedback for previous purchases.  If you’ve bought items from a seller via Etsy or a similar venue, don’t forget the feedback!  You can also leave a review on their facebook page, on Google, Yelp, etc…

4.  Blog about them, if you have a blog.  If not, maybe just throw a nice tweet out there (and don’t forget to tag them!)

5.  Offer your time if the need arises.  This doesn’t seem to happen too often, but it’s not unheard of.  Every now and then, an indie artist or maker might need volunteers for a project.  Whether it’s setting up a show or posting fliers around town, think about setting aside a few moments for this if you can.

6.  Actually tell your friends, in real life.  In the virtual whirlwind of information, things can get overlooked.  Don’t forget to tell your friends, in person, about that business or artist you just adore!

Can you think of other ways to support local without spending cash?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

Shop Small, Kansas.

Welcome to volume 2 of my holiday gift guide!  This time, the focus is on small, locally owned brick and mortar shops.  These are must-visit destinations, especially on Small Business Saturday.

Nectar Republic (formerly known as Milk + Honey Candles) has a brand new place in Clifton Square, and I can’t wait to visit them!  They handcraft natural soy candles and bath goods, and their shop carries these along with home decor and vintage accent items.  3700 E Douglas Ave., Ste. 40, Wichita, KS.

   

The White Peacock Tea and Coffee Company in Lindsborg is definitely a place to check out!  Naturally, you’ll find delicious and organic fair trade refreshments, but they also carry fabulous handmade art, accessories, and more. 124 S Main St., Lindsborg, KS (785) 212-6108


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Lucinda’s is–I think it goes without saying–a Wichita favorite!  They carry all sorts of stylish, fun, wonderful clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and more.  Also a large variety of locally handmade items.  There’s something for everyone here!  Located at 329 N Mead St. in Wichita (next to the Old Town Warren).

Right across the way from Lucinda’s is Bella Luz, which specializes in handcrafted gifts, many of which are made by local artisans. 300 N Mead St., Ste. 105, Wichita, KS.

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The Workroom is a sewing workroom for home textiles, and also an amazing retail space for local artists.  Home decor, art, pottery, Wichita Flag swag, and more…swing by sometime, and be sure to follow their facebook page, as they are always posting great events. 150 N Cleveland St., Wichita, KS

Naughty Tiger Gifts in Mulvane is another hidden gem.  This chic and cheerful store is chock full of unique gifts and handmade goodies, home goods, accessories and more.  They are big proponents of offering fair trade and American made items, and a good deal of their profit goes to their family animal rescue farm near Leon, KS.  You can find the shop at 213 W Main St., Mulvane, KS.

Karg Art Glass, owned by artist Rollin Karg, sells quality art pieces of–yes–glass!  There are some pretty spectacular pieces found at this gallery, in a range of prices.  Be sure to follow their facebook page as well, as they often have holiday events–including blowing your own glass ornament!  You can visit them at 111 N Oliver St., Kechi, KS.

Watermark Books & Cafe is such a cozy, lovely book store and coffee shop…do I really need to say more?!  Shop there, then follow them for events and more. 4701 E Douglas, Wichita, KS.

 

FarmShop LLC is a garden center focusing on community and sustainable, organic, locally grown food.  They specialize in landscape and gardening solutions, and are yet another purveyor of locally made goods! 1136 Bitting Ave., Wichita, KS.

Hatman Jack’s is truly a part of local history and has outfitted some stars…but most importantly, they really just have a great selection of hats.  (I think hats need to make a comeback.)  Give your loved ones or yourself the gift of style!  Find them in Historic Delano at 610 W Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favorite local business?