Forget Black Friday — Shop Small Business Saturday


I am completely and utterly over Black Friday shopping! I remember a couple of years ago, Christianna and I went to Walmart at about 9 am on Black Friday Morning.  I distinctly remember thinking that we would avoid the crowds — they would have all come and gone already, right?!  Ha. WRONG. Very very wrong.

Last year, I decided to forego Black Friday Shopping and instead I decided to support Small Business Saturday! Not only were there home-baked treats and hot apple cider, but the owners are so genuinely happy to see you in their stores and the other shoppers graciously step out of the way so you can get a better look at that awesome poster print! It's such a refreshing difference from the irritated employees and angry shoppers that I've experienced in the past!

Sooo... In honor of this year's Small Business Saturday, I have decided to provide you with a list of a few of my favorite small businesses in the Twin Cities Area! Enjoy!

i like you - Minneapolis, MN

This adorable store is one of my favorite places in all of the Twin Cities! Full of lots of handmade items, I often refer to it as "Etsy in real life".  If you are looking for quirky Minnesota items, this is the place to go! All of thier inventory is created by and supporting local arists like Adam Turman and many others! You should definitely check it out!

My aunt actually got me this awesome kitchen towel last year for Easter, it makes me smile!

501 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Shop 501 - Chaska, MN

This vintage inspired shop is a great place to just wander around and look! They have a great fusion of vintage items and handcrafted items! My favorite find at Shop 501 so far was a teal vintage suitcase. It's a great addition to my photography props, but it also makes an adorable place to hold our winter hats and mittens!

501 N. Chestnut St
Chaska, MN 55318

Mocha Monkey Coffeehouse - Waconia, MN

This is the epitome of a perfect coffeehouse to me! It's cozy, delicious and has tons of great handmade items on sale for me to look at while I wait for my coffee!  Whether you are looking for a place to stop and get a cup of coffee after a long day of shopping or you need to find the perfect gift for your coffee-loving friend, this place will deliver.

115 South Olive Street
Waconia, MN 55387

Wilde Roast Cafe - Minneapolis, MN

If you are looking for a great place to eat this Saturday (or any Saturday for that matter), check out Wilde Roast Cafe, it has a comfortable atmosphere and amazing food.  One of my friends introduced me to this place a few years ago, and I have been addicted ever since! And.. if you are looking for a recommendation on what to order, let me strongly suggest the Eggs Benedict Pizza! YUM.

65 SE Main St
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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2014 Calendar - $20

I love being able to capture the beauty in the world around me! These calendars are basically a quick snap shot of the world as I saw it in the last year.  Sometimes I am inspired by the rain on the windshield of my car and sometimes, I have to travel hundreds of miles to see the beauty that everyday holds.

These 12-month calendars are a great gift for the person on your list who is loves nature, photography and beauty!

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