March 29, 2010, today, is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day.
National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day celebrates small business owners. These individuals spend countless hours nurturing and growing their young enterprises. The workload demands, and lack of a hired staff, often translates into long and late hours, and many missed family and personal events. But, all in all, they love what they do. After all, they are their own boss.
New businesses have always been a vital, yet not fully appreciated, part of the U.S. economy. On they retail side, they bring different and unique products to the marketplace. They provide stellar and personal service support. When you call, you are more likely to get a real, live person. And unlike big national chains, they know their products. They are outstanding performers in niche markets. In manufacturing, they create many new concepts and ideas, making them creators of new products.
Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day by showing your support....shop their stores today, and everyday.
And if you want to show your support for some of my favorite small business owners, check them out:
Red Clover is a precious boutique co-owned by a fabulous high school friend, Leah Lancaster. There are some precious locally owned boutiques in Savannah that I adore, but social worker here needed a place where I could feel trendy and find something special, but not have to babysit 4 nights a week after the day job. Insert Leah. These clothes, shoes, jewelry are ADORABLE and AFFORDABLE. And being in there is like having your own personal shopper. Leah and her partner Tu have a great eye for what will look good on you, so go in and you will come out feeling like the trendy, cute gal you are! http://www.shopredclover.com/
Brownie-Goose is a true mom and pop business, run by another high school friend, Amy Norris. Back in the day, she was the girl who had be laughing through Latin class. Seriously, if a girl can make declining nouns and translating Romulus and Remus fun, you know she's got some creativity flowing. And flow it does. Those of you with children NEEEEED to see her stuff. She hand sews and embroiders the most fun, ecclectic, original outfits for your babes. Trust me, your little girl will not be wearing the same dress as anyone in her pre-school class in a brownie-goose original! http://browniegoose.blogspot.com/
Savannah Jacks is another in home business by another SVA alum. (Can we say Go SAINTS!). Kristen is a good friend who married a good friend who has a great little boy named Jack. Her website is full of the most beautiful low-country gifts. Here in the south, we LIKEY the monogram. And Kristen can put your initials on anything that will sit still for 30 seconds. So go see her, and get a unique, southern prize for your bridesmaids gifts, your mother's day gifts or just a "because it's finally spring" gift! http://www.savannahjacks.com/
Melbelle Art is owned by former Alpha Delta Pi presidente extraordinaire Melissa. Having lived in the Pi house with Mel for years and worked under her, I was forever seeing her create something beautiful for a friend. I so often wish I had a talent like this, to be able to create a unique, love-filled gift. But for my friends, you get my love via Target. Sorry. Stop by Mel's website and get a cute, original gift for one of the 200 friends you have who are pregnant or who would just love something pretty in their house. http://melbelleart.blogspot.com/
Just for Baby and More is a precious baby boutique in Savannah owned by an old friend from the Blessed Sacrament days, Jan Welsh. Jan is such a fire cracker and she will keep you laughing while you peruse top of the line furniture and gear. Whether you want the Moby Wrap (she sold me by wrapping it around me herself complete with steroid baby doll), a BOB stroller, or a cute thingy that you wrap over the handle of the carseat to make toting steroid baby around more comfortable, she has it all. Her baby furniture is to die for and the clothes...well...if we knew what we were having my husband would be in mega trouble. Jan's daughter Casey helps run the place and is great too. Stop in for the best in baby gear and gifts!
Expectations can be your stop on the way to Just for Baby in Savannah. Owned by, gasp, another St. Vincent's alum and big sister of one of my best high school friends, it's apparently THE place to go for dressing the bump. Admittedly, I have not been into Jenn's store yet but Elizabeth tells me it's great and I know she has dressed some of Savannah's cutest pregnant mamas. Jen just gave birth to her 4th baby!!, little Brennan, and usually has one of her sweet babes in the store with her. She knows all too well the complexities of looking cute while growing bigger by the
So to all of my small business owner friends, thank you for making me feel talentless and unmotivated :) But I do admire all your work and hope to see you soon! Really though, small businesses are vital to our economy and should be valued and appreciated! Patronize away...