Every year, we celebrate Small Business Saturday; a shopping holiday in the U.S. honored after Thanksgiving Day. Its’ purpose is to drive some of the busiest shopping activity of the year towards small businesses. Although we encourage you to shop small this Saturday, November 25th, we also want to urge you to spend intentionally as often as possible. By shopping small, you are fueling your local economy by keeping jobs in your neighborhood, supporting your neighbor's dream, and stimulating continued growth in your community.
Discover small businesses near you as you kick off your holiday shopping season. Not sure where to start? Whether you want to visit their stores, or order online, these local small businesses are offering gifts for the whole family!
For Tail-Wagging Friends
Bowser Beer - Bowser Beer is a meaty, brothy liquid treat that dogs flip for! Bowser Beer was started in 2007 by Jenny Brown, who wanted to make fun, healthy, American-made dog treats. The original batch was brewed up in her kitchen and taste-tested by her crew of rescue pups - including Maggie the Mastiff, the original model for Beefy Brown Ale's label. Bowser Beer and treats are now sold at more than 500 stores nationwide! As a family business, they pour our love into every treat, gift basket, and order.
Puddles Barkery - With delicious treats & cakes or hats to stay warm, Puddles Barkery in Seattle has got your dog covered for any adventure. Made with nutritious ingredients because at Puddles, it’s all about the dogs!
A Barkery Unleashed - Specializing in house-made, custom, gourmet pet treats, cakes, and ice cream, A Barkery Unleased is a full-service bakery for pets but that's not all! They also offer group and private dog training for various aged puppies and dogs in Snohomish and King Counties in Washington.
Bogart Pro - Bogart Pro came to life when a skincare formulator met a dog groomer and set out to create a line of natural, plant-based grooming products that they would love to use themselves. Guided by science, they discovered that the other grooming products were formulating wrong when it comes to a dog's pH and microbiome. Visit their website to order online.
Drool Central - Located in Anchorage, Alaska, Drool Central provides organic natural real made from scratch Alaskan dog treats & meals from wild Alaska sustainable fish & veggies. Because they’re an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, these snacks will boost your dog's memory, keep their skin and fur soft, and strengthen their immune system.
Small Gifts & Stuffing Stuffers
Papa Tony's Hot Sauce – Papa Tony's Hot Sauce is a homemade family recipe made with fresh ingredients and a deliciously spicy treat for all hot sauce enthusiasts! Based in Western Washington, Papa Tony’s specializes in five gourmet blends, and two spicy dry rubs that are all made with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. From being featured in 16 weekly Farmers Markets to having their products on the shelves of over 50 stores including all 16 PCC locations, Papa Tony's is quickly growing into a household name.
Jammin on the One – Based in Tacoma, Jammin on the One is a purveyor of mouthwatering jams and jellies for foodies who prioritize quality over convenience. Each spoonful inspires a soulful culinary experience and serves as a catalyst for creative expression and nostalgic trips down memory lane.
Vashon Coffee Dust - Vashon Island Coffee Dust provides a delightful range of all-natural spice blends carefully crafted to be sprinkled onto freshly brewed coffee. Bursting with aromatic flavors, these enchanting blends offer a fun and flavorful alternative to traditional sugar-laden and additive-heavy coffee flavorings. Embracing the island's abundance of organic ingredients, Vashon Island Coffee Dust is free from preservatives, artificial additives, and anything that doesn't belong in a wholesome cup of joe.
Happy People Paper Goods - Happy People Paper Goods strives to generate joy by creating cheerful prints and patterns. This heartfelt endeavor is the work of Seattle-based artist and owner, Rebecca Bobko.
Urban Belle Designs - Urban Belle Designs is a woman and BIPOC owned, stationery and handmade jewelry business offering playfully cheeky - yet affectionate greeting cards, small gifts, and handmade clay earrings located in Seattle. Their greeting cards capture small and meaningful moments bringing humor & joy all around. Their handmade jewelry are modernly designed with boldness and glamour in mind, providing stunning pieces that will always make a statement.
Rainbro Crafts - Rainbro Crafts was founded by Colton and Zac, a queer vegan couple in Vancouver, WA who are passionate about making small batch products that align with their values. Each of their products is made from sustainably sourced, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients. They also love to give back to their community. Each month they donate a portion of their profits to charitable organizations of their choosing. “Our mission is to make the world a little bit gayer, greener and cleaner.”
Self Care Gifts
Oracle Wellness Co - Oracle Wellness Co. crafts intentional plant-based wellness products for a higher quality of life in Portland, Oregon. They are a legacy brand, committed to promoting a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle while promoting harm reduction wellness & education.
Onyx + Petal – ONYX + PETAL is a collection of luxury, nutrient-dense, all-natural face, body, and hair botanical oils. They aim to focus on quality over quantity. This is why they pride themselves in making their products in small batches so they can assure quality is not jeopardized. They want their products to bring joy to everyone who uses them. In life it is easy to get distracted from living in the present moment. At Onyx + Petal, they hope their products can help you slow down and appreciate the simple little lux.ur.ies.
Ooliva- Ooliva offers a luxurious, handcrafted skincare line is made in Seattle with ethically sourced, truly clean ingredients. They believe in creating formulas that are gentle yet effective for all skin types and use the finest plant-based oils and botanical extracts to nourish and protect your skin. Their products are designed to help you achieve a radiant complexion and a healthy glow.
Mattice Beauty Supply - Located in Tacoma, Washington, Mattice Beauty Supply is a Black-owned, Woman-owned, and Veteran-owned hair and beauty supply store. They create a space for women, especially women of color, to feel comfortable, accepted, and respected.
Sweet Grass Essentials - Get back to the basics and discover your best health with Sweet Grass Essentials thoughtfully handcrafted herbal wellness products. They are made with simple, whole ingredients that are free of hard and unnecessary additives. Every scented product is used with therapeutic grade essential oils.
City of Curls Mobile Beauty Supply - Seattle’s first and only mobile beauty supply store. They are exclusively available online providing all your beauty and hair essentials! Anything you just ran out of, or need last minute is brought right to you!
About the author
Faith Hamilton is the Marketing Manager at Business Impact NW, and is responsible for promoting the organization, programs, classes, and events . Prior, Faith worked with the Technical Assistance Department as the point of contact for client inquiries and areas of assistance, trainings, and services. Before joining Business Impact NW, Faith served as Administrative Supervisor for various medical and dental small businesses. She brings her love of small businesses and a wide array of skills to her position derived from past experiences. Faith completed her Bachelor’s in Tourism Management from Central Washington University.