As I have said 1000 times over, the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday madness makes me insane. I don't do well with over stimulation and I have never been great at fighting for a deal. For this reason, I moved the JP ANNUAL SALE to October and extended it for 3 days this year and have never been happier. People have time to shop the sale with patience and enjoy the experience.
I really want to support smaller, local businesses this year... and some special ones that I am loving that have an awesome mission. Most of the businesses below are powered by incredible women.
Do you have any other small-ish businesses you love that I should know about?
The Works - Sarah Frick engagement ring rework + gift card to the Works - Sarah’s heart and Soul are on the mat and in the studio for every class taught that the Works and now she and Carter Foxworth are launching the Works CYCLE. Nothing gets me feeling better than sweating it out on a bike with awesome tunes in the dark room.
Library Littles Lauren’s collection of the most precious, timeless clothing for little girls - you might recognize the model wink wink - morganite ring is the feeling of her line… soft and subtle color palette.
Vincent James - This is a line of sustainably made elevated essentials by my newest studio mate, Heather Sullivan. Heather is a personal inspiration. Everything she does is with thought and care and she is my sustainability role model. Her clothes are beautiful and well made staples that you can wear daily. Heathers is the epitome of cool girl. Multiple piercings + earring stack is her style.
Shoes on King - Catherine Boardman’s store here in Charleston has great lines and the customer service is the best.
RED CLAY - This hot sauce is the yummiest. I go back and forth between the red and green… and their HOT honey with the Ground up Nut butters is on point.
POST HOUSE - Staycation City: population 1. I have already stayed at the Post House Inn and cannot wait to get back for another stay at this local hot spot. The restaurant is perfection with delicious cocktails and food. Experiences over items almost any day for me... a night away or a dinner with dear friends feeds my soul.
I have two favorite shops on Sullivans.
Goldbug is Ashley Martin's tiny little shop with amazing jewelry that she makes + gift items as well as great easy dresses, tops and swimwear.
Bennie + Coco is the new kid on the block. Katie Poole brings a fun vibe to the island with colorful dresses, rocker t shirts and aviator nation super soft sweats. So glad to have these two female owned business ladies on the island.
A few companies with an incredible mission and product that I am also gifting this year.
Ground Up - Favorite healthy indulgence is Ground Up nut butters is a really cool company based in Portland that not only makes the most delicious nut butters - the Chunky Almond, Cashew, Coconut Nut Butter is my classic fave, but they recently sent me the Spicy Tahini and it was CRAZY delicious. They have lots of fun holiday flavors that are worth checking out. I also LOVE the Spicy tahini Cashew Butter that was seasonal and sold out on the Ground Up website, but i found it here. Don't miss. It's SO YUMMY.
Ground Up is a not-just-for-profit business that provides job training to womxn overcoming adversity in the Portland area. Through the sale of healthy and delicious nut butters, we empower womxn with the confidence and skills they need to get back on their feet.
Brightland Olive Oil - This insanely delicious and clean olive oil is my new fave. The branding it so lovely, and I honestly wondered if the oil was that delicious or if they just hand appealing branding. BOTH! The oil has an insanely smooth and bright flavor that speaks to the nature of it’s production in California.
Babaa - Sustainable Spanish knit brand that I have coveted. It was kind of purchase that I thought I wanted to be sure about before pulling the trigger. I looked at the website for weeks and was about the purchase one of the sweaters in a beautiful cool, grey color when it sold out! I was disappointed but spent another week with the browser open, looking at different styles and finally fell in love with a totally different style. I purchased my first sweater and I love it so much. Their mission, values and partnerships make for aspiring melding of old traditions and new sensibilities.