Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again where all the holiday boutiques pop up! Recently I’m sure you’ve heard someone mention that they’re going shopping at a local boutique. Just this weekend in Phoenix, small business owners set up shop at events such as Pineapple Triangle, Vintage & Vino, and Backyard Fall Boutique. Booths at these events consist of various vintage finds, handmade signs, clothing, jewelry, home decor, baby necessities, and even delicious food trucks. There really is something for everyone!
I walked through Vintage & Vino Saturday afternoon to find rows of various shops. There was a good mix of vintage and handmade items, but not enough to overwhelm you if you were a first time local boutique shopper. I ran into a friend whose sister was there selling her custom jewelry, smelled handmade goat’s milk soap, browsed through antiques, grabbed business cards of shops I was interested in, and said hello to shop owners I recognized from previous events.
These creative small business owners are your neighbors, cousins, best friend’s sisters, youth group leaders, and local stay at home moms. They are all passionate about their work and put in hours after bedtimes, on the weekends, before their day jobs, and any chance they get. Talking with other small business owners, I’ve noticed that there is a sense of community between all of these local Arizona makers. By going to local boutiques you have the opportunity to talk with shop owners about what they do and the process they use to achieve their final product.
Supporting local small business helps encourage a sense of community and improves your local economy. Plus, you come out with a one of a kind item that you won’t see in your next door neighbors home! I encourage you to check out a boutique this holiday season and see for yourself all that your community has to offer.