Some of you may have already finished your Christmas shopping, and some of you may not have even started yet (there’s no judgement!), but no matter how prepared or unprepared you are for the big day, I hope you will take a moment this holiday season to support the local small businesses in your area. Don’t get me wrong….I love Target and I love J.Crew, but I also love supporting the businesses that are in my community. The people at Kabbage.com believe the same. As an online provider of small business loans, they see themselves as a resource for entrepreneurs to thrive in their communities.
Here in Oklahoma City, we have a growing community of small businesses and they offer some of the best, most unique items that make for wonderful Christmas presents! Each year a collection of small businesses set up shop in midtown Oklahoma City in what we call the “Holiday Pop-Up Shops.” Located on the corner of 10th & Hudson, they set up shop Thursday – Sunday, from Black Friday until Christmas. The shops vary week by week, so check their website for details. Currently, you can find the following shops in Midtown: A Date with Iris, Folk.Life, The Makeup Bar, Prairie Gothic, Ratio, Ladies & Gentlemen Fine Hats, Green Bambino, Pambe Ghana Global Market, & Savvy.
Missed a week that a certain shop was there? Not to worry! You can visit them at their original store location during their usual business hours!
After you’ve scooped up some of these darling and absolutely adorable items, you can swing by Elemental Coffee Shop (just down the block) to pick up a latte or hot chocolate to warm yourself up! Their bags of whole bean coffee (which they roast on site!) and specialty chocolate bars make for the perfect stocking stuffers!
I hope you all join me and shop local this holiday season!
(Photo Cred: Melanie Foster Photography)