As many of you know, COVID has hit small business hard this season. Unlike major companies, when you shop small there is probably an individual on the other side of the screen or counter doing a happy dance because of your order. Each purchase directly impacts dance classes, vet bills, t-ball registrations. Below I've put together a list of small businesses located right here in Cleveland and Chattanooga. So this holiday season, let's support our community!
*Disclaimer: All images shown below are from the instagrams of the small businesses they represent and not taken by myself.
Baby in the family? Allie and Ava Designs make the most adorable, trendy baby items! Seriously, your baby will be the cool kid on the block with one of these teethers.
Newly wed or gardener in the family? Blossom & Rhyme takes florals and creates gorgeous keepsakes that your loved one will be able to keep for years and years to come.
Chattanooga Clay Company creates the cutest clay earrings. With tons of colors and designs, you can’t wrong.
Where are my boho lovers? Dire Bloom Art makes the coolest macrame decor and plant holders! Seriously, if you want to give your home a cool vibe, check them out!
Shop Element for all things fashion! Seriously, they always carry the latest trends in clothes and accessories. Find them in downtown, Cleveland next to Terra Running Co!
Fitted Stitches is a great option for any of the men in your family. They create unique bow ties for both men and boys. They even carry super cool wood ones!
Cozy up with a fire, a book, and a cup of coffee this holiday season with Forman Pottery. He has the coolest mugs and kitchenware.
A family affair business, For Such a Time Creations is perfect when you want to get personal! Create custom t-shirts, hats, water bottles, whatever! They basically do it all.
This list of course wouldn’t be complete without Project: Free 2 Fly. This company is a 501(c)3 located downtown, Cleveland. They sell the cutest purses, totes and jewelry while supporting and nurturing the women who make them!
Grace Manning Art is a Cleveland local and incredible artist. You can purchase Christmas prints, florals, and a rockin’ UTK Smokey Print available in her Etsy store, or get on her custom order list!
Want to shop tons of local vendors without having to leave Cleveland? You have to stop by Grit and Grace located in the Old Woolen Mill. Find everything ranging from farmhouse decor, boutique clothing, and holiday gifts.
At Lux + Me Prints, find a quote for any room! Jill has Christmas, Fall, and Everyday items that will be the perfect touch to your home. Shop her Etsy store or find her at Grit + Grace.
Kill three birds with one stone and check out Manor Market located inside of Orange Blossom Boutique off Keith Street! Manor market specializes and farmhouse decor and boutique gifts while orange blossom sells the cutest clothes and accessories. After you’re done, grab a cup of coffee from Bonlife which is in the same strip mall!
For all your Chattanooga needs, check out Native Made. They have stickers, shirts, hats--everything you need to show your are a Chattanooga Native.
You’ve seen the videos of the hot chocolate bombs--now you can buy them local along with all sorts of goodies by ordering with Nova’s Sweet Creations!
St. Elmo Fire Quilts are perfect for the nature lover in the family! Creating backpacks, hammocks, and awesome quilt hammocks, your granola lover will love you.
For the athlete in the family, stop by Terra Running Company located downtown Cleveland. They will help you choose the perfect shoe for your gait and stride. Stop by Bear Brews for some coffee while there!
What would a Christmas list be without some candles! The Mel’ O Co makes the best smelling AND prettiest candles in East Tennessee. Did I mention they make wood wicks?! Shop the website or check them out at Free2fly.
Support small businesses and victims of human trafficking by buying from Willowbend Farms! This 501(c)3 sells skin care items that are made by the survivors and 100% of proceeds go to support them! Find them inside Grit and Grace at the OId Woolen Mill (and soon online!).
And of course, don't forget some Caitlin D. Photography gift cards! I heard they make excellent stocking stuffers *insert large winking emoji here*.