Small businesses truly make the world go around!
They are the backbone of every community and the owners, creators, artists, and entrepreneurs behind these endeavors spend countless hours of their lives building up their businesses and in turn, support the local economy, community, schools and more. We are in quite the unique time right now but I guarantee you, that is not going to get us down.
Just this week, I was packaging orders of candles to be shipped out and started thinking about all the other businesses, big and small ones, that just my candles have an effect on. The bags and tissue paper that are locally purchased, the thank you cards that are printed in town, the labels that are printed in California, the boxes that are purchased out of Georgia and made in Wisconsin, the website that supports my business, and of course, the delivery workers who send these packages all over the country. And this is just a brief list of those involved - the list is way longer when I start thinking about all of the photographers, designers, manufacturers, printers, and so many more that have played somewhat of a role in the Post House company. It’s truly mind-boggling when I start to think about how my little business has supported so many others. And that is what makes small businesses so special.
While there is a lack of surety during this time, I am trying to contribute what I can to help out local restaurants and to continue supporting those in my supply chain. We’re all in this together!
Being based in Columbia, I wanted to share a few of my small businesses that I have come to know and love. This eclectic group of creatives and entrepreneurs find themselves flaunting and making it work every step of the way. If you are able, show these small businesses some love, whether you’re hoping online to do a little shopping or popping onto Instagram to give them a follow - you don’t know how much it will mean to our small businesses for your support!
Vintage Home Decor
If you’re looking for those one-of-kind, can’t miss, swoon-worthy vintage items, then you have to check out the masters of the vintage hunt: Ansley and Kayla.
Together, they own the Little Green Door
, a brick-and-mortar in Columbia. While their physical store may be temporarily closed, they are still showing up on your Instagram feeds for weekly flash sales and can offer pickups and shipping straight to your home. Now, how easy is that kind of shopping?
Within one block on Devine Street in Columbia are two fabulous kid’s clothing stores: Duck Duck Goose
and Marigold Modern
, each offering their own aesthetic. My fiancé and I have strolled into both for newborn gifts and clothing for our nephews.
Duck Duck Goose is currently offering FREE local delivery and is shipping daily. Just shop on their website
for timeless and chic frocks or visit Duck Duck Goose on the gram
Marigold Modern has FREE drop-off within a five-miles and you can view their current selection of modern and sustainable wears online
and on Instagram
And for a collection of vintage-inspired clothing, be sure to check out Poppy and Hen online
and on Instagram
. Poppy and Hen is a family run business with designs being created in South Carolina and made in California.
We could all use some bright color and bold patterns during this time and if you’re not familiar with Megan Carn
- then stop everything and go check her out online
and on Instagram
. Her cheery colors and vivacious animals always light me up and her images are sure to do the same for you.
My go-to art gallery to support in the area is Over the Mantle
. I drive past this gallery daily and my head always turns with the beautiful originals that line the walls of this space. Although the gallery is temporarily closed, you can still window shop and contact Julia and Julie with information on any the works to support the artists. They are even doing a window auction right now. Just walk down Carlisle Street to see the pieces that up for auction.
Non(e)Such is a Columbia staple for bridal and baby gifts, tableware, barware and more. While the store on Devine is closed for the time, they are still operating through their website, social media and by telephone. Follow Non(e)Such on Instagram
and be tempted by all the fabulous gifts!
I might be showing some favoritism, but you know I can’t write about local shopping without mentioning the retail studio that my own business is a part of. The Collective
is located on Carlisle street and is made up 5 local businesses, including Post House.
From gifts to apparel and paper goods to home decor, the little space of The Collective packs a punch with its shopping variety. And while the doors are closed, you can shop our businesses digitally (we’re all more than happy to deliver)
Ashley Williams is the one who started this retail co-op and is the owner of Hue Home Studio
, offering original art and home furnishings, and Linen and Loom
, a saucy selection of women’s clothing and shoes.
Ashley Lindler just launched her colorful new business: A Little Happy
. She has stocked the most vibrant gifts for all ages and would love to help you put together your next gift!
Leah Richardson is an OG member of The Collective and owns Dream a Little Art
. She’s a master of color and creates original art packed full of pattern and texture. She’s also putting together at-home-paint-parties right now to keep your kiddos entertained with all of this extra house time.
Ashley Bossong is the newest addition to The Collective with Lark Papier
. She’s curated the sweetest collection of paper goods from plates and napkins to stationary and streamers. Parties may be on pause her items are here to brighten your day.
I had the opportunity to work with Fern Studio on a project last year and just fell in love with this special group of creators and designers at Fern! Their floral works of art are just my style. Loose, organic, abstract - they are like an impressionist painting that has come to life!
Fern recently launched a Flower Bar on Thursdays and y’all the stems and petals that they are serving up are beyond amazing! The Flower Bar is not being offered currently but the ladies of Fern are offering Porch Drop Delivery within 5 miles of their Devine Street studio. Flowers are an instant mood lifter and each of their arrangements will also support local farmers. Order online at Fern Studio Flowers
Yes, I show a lot of love for Devine Street.
I live right off of this quaint street of restaurants and shops after all. The LaRoque flagship is situated in the middle of Devine and is a bold and playful lifestyle brand dreamed up by AnnaBelle LaRoque.
for whimsical, bold and playful clothes!