Gotta love another faux holiday! It seems like there is always something to celebrate, and I can't argue with it this week. It is National Small Business Week, and that seems like the perfect opportunity to share my favorite small businesses with you.  Since beginning interior decorating in April 2015 and opening an online shop later that year, I have been pleasantly surprised at all the support I have received from family, friends, and other business owners.  Therefore I wanted to share the love, and I hope you'll check out all of my favorite fellow entrepreneurs; everyone from wedding vendors to air stream shops!

1. Home Decor:

Ibu was the first business to take a chance on hosting me as a wholesaler, & working with owner Susan Walker was a dream!  How can you say no to making a ton of felted soap for a woman who is such a supporter of other females and their crafts?!  This is the go-to spot on King Street for fabulous handmade pillows. 

If you share Ibu's fondness of handmade goods, you will really appreciate Sunwoven's delightful woven wall art.  You can find her darling mini creations at the West Elm's Charleston location.  Sunwoven's creator, Erin, helped me out with a GREAT recommendation for a back-up wool source for my felted soaps: Purple Moose Felting.  If you do any weaving or felting, check them out for great colors and quick shipping.

What is cooler than shopping out of an airstream!? Emerson Row sucked me right in with their goat hide rugs & metal letters.  The proprietress always has some fun local finds such as lovely watercolor maps.

Emerson Row | Rachel Red Photography

Emerson Row | Rachel Red Photography

2. Wedding vendor A-team:

The Charleston Wedding Industry is no joke! I'm always amazed when another caterer or photographer pops up and dares to enter this competitive world.  If you are in the southeast, here are some vendors that are worth it no matter the price. Some I used at my own nuptials, but some I would definitely add on if I was doing it all over again.

Yoj Events will let you do crazy things like incorporate giant balloons into a classy tablescape, and the Town Serif can churn out some stunning hand lettering. If you can't spring for an invitation suite, opt for calligraphy escort cards or reception signage, or have a custom calligraphy invitation reprinted. 

Add some non-traditonal aspects and fabulous details to your wedding by opting for cotton candy cocktail hour with Pure Fluff Co, & make your registry more fun at Open Door Shop.  It is worth the splurge to treat your wedding party to some gifts from A Signature Welcome.  Shameless plug: throw a in a monogrammed Turkish towel for the perfect bridesmaids gift.

Open Door Shop

Open Door Shop

Only the best will do for photography and florals!  Go with Wilmington based Kickstand Events for florals that are unlike anything you have ever seen.  Rachel Red Photography will make you feel confident from her bubbly energy and give you flawless photos.  Her second shooter, Red, is also very talented so it's a win-win to use the whole team.  I just can't wait for you guys to see our collaboration with succulents and awesome photos coming soon!

Kickstand Events florals | Rachel Red Photography

Kickstand Events florals | Rachel Red Photography

3. Local Boutiques: 

Candy Shop Vintage is my main recommendation for basic baubles with a lot of character. You can't go wrong with their rice beads, & you have to love how the owner's cocktail appreciation and knack for entertaining bring inspiration to her designs.  It's also a great place to pick up gifts; a Charleston coloring book is the perfect souvenir or treat for yourself!

I've recently enjoyed collaborating with Style Dwell & Dandy Boutique.  If you want clothing with a personality and a reasonable price tag, check them both out.  These stores are great one-stop shops if you want to browse accessories & home decor items, too.  Style Dwell has the Aviate airport code baseball hats that are all the rage, and Dandy has so many fun Sunny Life accessories. 

Fun dresses and clutches from Dandy Boutique | Rachel Red Photography

Fun dresses and clutches from Dandy Boutique | Rachel Red Photography

4. Services for busy people:

Why wouldn't you want to make your life easier, and you should do so with a team of credible folks.  If you're sick of fitting in grocery shopping or schlepping to the dry cleaner,  Kara @ Tick Tock Concierge has got you covered for dinner reservations or mundane errand running (Asheville or Charleston).

Charleston parents: check out Camp Perri for some fun kid's camps, and ease your stress by hiring her to handle the decor for a personalized party for your bambinos!    

"Perri Poppins" of Camp Perri | Kim Graham Photography

"Perri Poppins" of Camp Perri | Kim Graham Photography

Don't get me wrong, I still plan to shop at Target sometimes.. but shopping small businesses and getting to know the person you're supporting is a pretty great feeling!

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