Small Businesses To Support

March 26, 2020

We are all in this together, right? In this uncertain time, a lot of small businesses are going to suffer, if they haven’t already, and I’m eager to do anything I can to help ease their pain. I am beyond impressed by all of the business owners who are adapting to what felt like an overnight shift in our new “normal”. They are getting creative with their offerings by providing services like curbside pick-up for restaurants, free delivery, and more. I have no doubt that with their innovative and creative thinking, we’ll find ways to move forward in the best ways possible. 

Thank you to those who sent shop/local restaurant recommendations on Instagram so we can continue to support them all! I’ve compiled the small businesses below, and I note if they are only serving local (Boston) customers. I hope this will encourage everyone to continue to support the small, but mighty, businesses, as your support directly positively impacts your community.

I know there are so many more than what is listed here, so please comment below with your business offering and/or one you’d recommend!

Small Businesses

HOME / INTERIORS

Ellisha Alexina – pillows and fabric! I recently purchased this pillow for our living room and am obsessed. She is offering 25% off!

Abode Shoppe – you can shop online + 20% off using the code ABODE20. I recently ordered these hand towels and they are gorgeous! I also love their selection of home accents. The owner, Gina, is a colleague and friend of mine! 🙂

Lekker – my go-to shop in Boston for furniture! I might need to splurge on the ripple glass set I’ve been eyeing.

Thayer Design – Meredith designs and sells beautiful rugs, baskets, and ottomans (made in Rhode Island, designed in Boston). These linen baskets are on my wish list!

Vermont Farm Table – what a perfect time to order a custom table for your new WFH office! You can order samples and work virtually with them to guide you through the purchasing process. I cannot speak more highly about the quality of their pieces and their customer service!

Hudson – you can shop online! I have my eye on their pillow selection right now. Also, you can buy a gift card!

Neatly Nested – you can shop online + buy gift cards! I love that they are in Southie near my studio as we typically get our Dash & Albert rugs through them! They have a wide selection of gifts. (Hi Danielle!)

The Carpet Workroom – with home projects on the mind, this is a great time to get that stair runner or custom rug you’ve been needing/wanting. Any of these products can be fabricated and installed in the next few weeks!

Leif Shop – Open online and shipping! I visited their shop last year and loved EVERRRYYYTHING.

Tyler & Sash – for your window treatment needs! Our roman shades in our main space are from them. Highly recommend!

Kotseas Concierge – Christina is a good friend of mine and is offering virtual organization services!

Oh, I Design Studio – selfish plug, but feel free to read more about our virtual services if you are looking to make updates to your home!

FITNESS

York Athletics – you can give a pair of shoes to a frontline worker and you will also get a pair of shoes! I did this for my stepmom and we both love our new York sneakers!

Savin Hill Fitness Studio – this is the studio we helped design! They are offering virtual workouts.

Landry’s Bikes – they offer home shipping and curbside pick-up or drop your bike off to get your bike tuned up! 

Ashmont Cycles (local) – they are considered an essential business and will remain open (with a limit of two customers in the shop at a time). Go get your bikes tuned up or purchase a new bike!

LIFESTYLE

Organic Bath – just came out with soaps and hand sanitizers! I need to replenish my favorite body wash so I plan on adding a couple of hand sanitizers to my order!

Follain – 15% off until the end of the day today 3/26! They are also hosting Instagram LIVE hangouts with industry leaders. A few of my favorite products: Refillable Everything Soap, Naturopathica Cherry Enzyme Peel, Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, Vintner’s Daughter Botanical Serum (have yet to find something better), also excited to try products from Follain’s signature line.

Olives & Grace – you can shop online and/or order gift cards! I just purchased a gift card to use for future gifts for friends.

Boston General Store – free shipping on orders over $25 (you can buy gift cards as well). They carry one of my favorite candle brands and they have an entire home category focused on zero waste. How amazing are these unpaper towels?! 

GOOD – One of my favorite shops in Beacon Hill. Be sure to stay updated on their current goods via their Instagram stories! I believe you can purchase a gif certificate as well.

Brookline Booksmith (introduced to me by my lovely friend, Mary) – let’s try to move away from buying our books from sites like Amazon and support local bookstores. You can order online and they will ship!

In Good Company PR – Natalie is INCREDIBLE and I have learned so much from her about business + the customer experience. She is a wealth of knowledge! They put together The Essential PR & Marketing Field Guide, your tool to sharpen your online presence with a smart & savvy marketing and PR strategy. ⁠They will be donating 10% of every purchase of guide to the Boston Resiliency Fund for the foreseeable future.

Buttons and Bows – Children’s consignment

Pretty in Ink Shop – Etsy shop & calligraphy

Propah Pieces – mindful jewelry/pieces! Amanda is a good friend of mine and I can’t wait to order something from her. You can see more of her pieces here!

Elizabeth Swartz – handmade jewelry and fine art! Love following Elizabeth and we share a love for otters 🙂

Thimble Collection – Children’s Clothing (Evie has a couple of their dresses – so cute! and I want to get a few things for Harvey!)

Beautycounter – you can still purchase items through me! A few of my favorites: overnight resurfacing peel, brow gel, tint skin, and the kids’ bath collection

Charleston Shoe Co – started a program to donate their ultra-comfortable, ProLine shoes to those on the front lines fighting COVID-19. For every Charleston Shoe Co pair that is purchased, another pair goes to hospitals in need across the country to give extra comfort to female nurses and doctors. 

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Minni – Evie’s FAVORITE spot in Boston! They just launched online workshops, there’s also free shipping on their online shop (we purchased washi tape and art supplies recently!), and DIY at-home projects on their blog. You can also purchase gift cards for future workshops/classes.

FOOD / DRINK

Tatte Bakery – order online and pick up / shop home items on their site!

Urban Grape – (local to Boston) offering delivery

American Provisions – (local to Boston) you can order lunch for curbside pickup and recently they offered a $150 wine box to restock your wine cabinet! I just purchased one and should be delivered today or tomorrow 🙂 

Nectar and Green – you can still purchase a gift card!

J.W. Lopes – fresh produce delivered right to your home! You can even add on items like fresh pasta, bread, etc. I think I’m going to sign up!

Boston Restaurants:

Milkweed – open for pick-up/delivery

El Barrio – our favorite spot in Dorchester for tacos and guac! You can order delivery/takeout! 

Coppa – You can order takeout and you can still purchase a gift card. HIGHLY recommend for an amazing foodie experience! 

Opas Greek Yeeros – Somerville/free delivery! Recommended to me via Instagram.

Fat Baby South Boston – open for takeout! They also created Fat Baby + Loco Cocktail kits. They include recipe cards + non-alcoholic ingredients for 4-6 servings for $15! Order through Loco’s Website – until supplies last.

Loco Taco – Order tacos online!

Sullivan’s at Castle Island – not sure if they are open for delivery or not, but they do have gift cards! Someone on Instagram recommended this spot and I still need to try it!

Chickadee – temporarily closed, but you can purchase a gift card

American Provisions – (local to Boston) you can order lunch for curbside pickup and recently they offered a $150 wine box to restock your wine cabinet! I just purchased one and should be delivered today or tomorrow. 🙂 

Mida – amazing Italian spot in South End! They are currently not open, but I believe you can purchase gift cards.

224 Boston – love this spot in Dorchester! We ordered via Caviar. I highly recommend checking out Caviar if it’s in your area.

Columbus Hospitality Group – gathered guest favorites from Mistral, Teatro, Sorellina, L’Andana, Ostra, and Bar Lyon to create the CHG Classics Menu. From 4:30pm until 9pm, guests can order from their CHG Classics Menu and have their favorite dishes delivered to the comfort of their home from their complimentary butler service.  To place an order, guests can call them directly at 617-867-9300.

I know I’m missing a lot of small businesses, so please comment below!

Photos: 1st – Leif Shop in NYC // 2nd – Follain in Beacon Hill

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