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By Kristina Rowe, NewsCastic
So 2016 is slipping away and Christmas is almost here! If you are “so not ready,” join the club. But we’re here to help with the Christmas spirit and some good news for you all year long. The day after Black Friday is Small Business Saturday, and everyone everywhere is invited to “shop small.”
Most people agree that supporting local businesses is something to aspire to. Keeping your money local is great for communities, and we all know we should do it. But instead of giving you reasons you should shop local, we’d like to show you why you’ll want to at 25 local DFW businesses.
Lone Chimney Mercantile – Dallas
Unique products that you won’t find anywhere else? Check. Make your way to Lone Chimney Mercantile at the Dallas Farmers Market for Texas and DFW “flavored” items you’ll want to gift and a few to keep for yourself!
Bullzerk – Dallas
You know how you have that one friend who makes everything funnier? If stores were people, Bullzerk would be that one. Shop there for laughs and grab some fun T-shirts that might make you the one getting all the laughs. Shop online or visit their Lower Greenville and Dallas Farmers Market locations.
Earth Bones – Fort Worth
Small businesses get to miss out on all the corporate stuffiness that sometimes squeezes all the fun out of shopping. At Earth Bones in Sundance Square, you’ll find plenty of tasteful accessories (and some pretty bling) alongside plenty of irreverent T-shirts, cards, and socks.
Simple Suds and Stuff – McKinney
Innovation makes small businesses rock, sometimes bringing low tech but smart products to folks who otherwise wouldn’t find them. Now that you’ve found some cool T-shirts and socks for your favorite people, you might want some all natural, non-irritating laundry soap to wash them in. Shop Simple Suds and Stuff online or find it in some great stores in McKinney.
Violet and Josephine – Plano
Most small businesses capitalize on being able to personalize your shopping experience. Violet and Josephine takes that a little bit further — they’ll personalize just about anything — with beautiful embroidery and monogramming. Shop online or visit their booth in High Street Antiques in Plano.
Brumley Gardens – Dallas
Consignment stores make shopping for unique items easy and fun. At Larger Than Life Resale in Dallas, awesome accessories augment their offerings of pretty plus size apparel.
We Are Collin County
When you want to display your local pride, you need a local business to the rescue. Find cute metroplex themed dish towels online along with news and goings-on in the area at WeAreCollinCounty.com.
Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine – Richardson
In the land of thousands of restaurants, it’s fantastic to discover a place to call your own. Fernando’s Mexican Cuisine has been serving great food in two beautiful restaurants in Dallas for over 11 years. Their newest location in Cityline in Richardson is a welcome addition.
Mitas Hill Vineyard-McKinney
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Wine lovers and aspiring #winemakers, we invite you to join us tonight for Wednesday with the Winemaker. We are discussing #vineyard health and what vines need for a good harvest. Our featured wine is #Syrah. Come out for a complimentary sample and a special food pairing. See you at 6:30! Cheers! #TXWine #MitasHill #MitasHillVineyard #WednesdayswiththeWinemaker
Local wines can be fabulous, and there are plenty to be found in DFW. In addition to Grapevine’s dozen wineries, a handful of cities in the area have their own as well. Mitas Hill Vineyard in McKinney has a scenic events center right there at the vineyard and winery.
ShangriLlama Ranch – Parker
Shopping small doesn’t have to mean shopping for things. Experiences are great too, and local businesses can offer things you might never dream up on your own. ShangriLlama Ranch lets your experience an adventure you’ll never stop taking about.
Dirt Road Girls – Online
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December will be here before we know it! Place your NFR jewelry orders ASAP! We can do all styles of back number jewelry, so if you have an idea for something you want, but don't see it, send us a message and we will try to make exactly what you want! #dirtroadgirls #nfrfashion #nfrstyle #backnumberceremony #rodeofashion #rodeo #rodeovegas #originalbacknumberbracelet
Small businesses give us great opportunities to connect with people who love the same things we do. Dirt Road Girls celebrates faith, adventure, travel, music, and wanderlust in their handmade jewelry.
Cross Creek Roofing- Lucas
One of the best benefits of shopping small is the trust factor and that’s even more important when you’re shopping for services. Cross Creek Roofing likes to give their customers one less worry.
Dermatology Associates of DFW
Choosing a doctor is important, and there’s good reason to think local when you make that choice. Dermatology Associates of DFW has multiple Dallas area locations for your dermatology needs.
Spavia Day Spa – Plano
When your face and your mind could use a refresh, a great spa will come in handy. Indulge in some close-to-home luxury at Spavia Day Spa in Plano.
Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery – Garland
Not only does DFW have local wine — we have local beers too. Garland’s Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery is a great place to get some. You can also get that “put your feet up and stay a while” feeling.
Candy Haven Denton
Word of mouth is the order of the day at small businesses, and word has it that Candy Haven is the place to order a cake in Denton. Weddings, birthdays, and “I just need something sweet” days are all handled by professionals who feel like friends.
Grapevine Olive Oil Company
Grapevine has much more than wine, and their historic downtown is a super fun place to shop. While you’re there, check out Grapevine Olive Oil Company, or visit their location in the equally fun Fort Worth Stockyards.
Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce
Farmers markets are a great source of more than just local produce. On a recent visit to the Flower Mound Farmers Market, we hit on something hot. It’s not just the sauce that’s unique — the hot sauce travel flask for Evil Cowboy Hot Sauce is one of the cleverest things we’ve seen. Find their booth at bunches of Farmers Markets and local events near you.
The Man’s Shop – Arlington
Shopping isn’t just for women. Sure, we know a lot of men hate shopping, but if there were more awesome local businesses like The Man Shop for them, maybe they’d like it more.
Texas Harley Davidson – Bedford
Small businesses like Texas Harley Davidson often know best how to give back to their communities. This local Harley shop is frequently a host for rides benefitting local charities, and we love it!
Curiosity Shop – Irving
When you think about vintage shopping, small businesses rule — they’re the only way to go. Even if you buy nothing, you’ve enjoyed an incredible treasure hunt when you visit nostalgic specialty merchants like Curiosity Shop.
Xcape DFW – Mesquite
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A treasure hunt of a different kind is underway at Xcape DFW in Mesquite. Their owners literally launched the trend of escape room adventures in DFW, and they keep making it better and better. Whichever themed room you choose, you’ll have fun hunting for clues as you laugh and play.
Jimmy’s Food Store
After more than 50 years as a Dallas icon, Jimmy’s Food Store is officially a Dallas icon. Groceries, Italian food, fine wine, and sandwiches from heaven are some of the things they offer. It’s a great example of a small business that’s so popular, we don’t even think of them as a small business anymore. And that means they — and we — are doing it right!