"Shop Local"....the gift that keeps on giving.

Now that the gifts have been given, I thought it would be a good time to share a little about how we did our shopping this year. A few months ago I told Adam that I would really like to only shop locally for our Christmas gifts this year. In the past I've just simply logged on to Amazon and found the "perfect" gift for each person on my list.....easy peasy. But you know, there was an emptiness in that for me. Yes, they were good gifts and I think the recipients were appreciative but there was something impersonal about them. And since I happen to have lots of friends who are small business owners, I asked myself why would I NOT want to support them and give unique gifts to my friends and family? So.....here's my rundown of the awesome small local businesses my family supported this year.....you should really check them out!

1. Arrow Baby Tees (www.arrowbaby.com)

My friend Tiah and her sister started this company. I love her heart for people. She's the real deal and a blessing to everyone she meets. I bought myself an "Arrow Mama" shirt and I bought Adam an "Arrow Dad" shirt.

From their website...

Arrow Baby is all about creating fresh t-shirts for kids (maybe a few for grown-ups too!) that honor Jesus and the love He has for every child. We are all arrows of God. No matter how old or young, big or small. He has a mighty purpose for each one of us.

Psalm 127:3-5
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

We pray that every Arrow Baby shirt will spark conversations that allow you to shine the light on the One True King. Have courage and be prepared to share his grace, love, and mercy with those He sends your way!

2. Gloriously Restored (www.etsy.com/shop/gloriouslyrestored)

My friend Nicole is super duper talented. She's the queen of DIY. I bought several beautiful hand painted canvases and ornaments from her this year. Everyone LOVED their gifts!

Her company's mission (from her Facebook page)....

Sharing the gospel through hand painted items and restored furniture.

3. Fifth and Montgomery Coffee Roasting Company (www.etsy.com/shop/FifthandMontgomery)

This company was started by 2 sets of friends from church and their coffee is goooooood. Try it out! And if you're local, you can get a discount on shipping.

4. Sweetest Beginnings (www.etsy.com/shop/sweetestbeginnings)

Let me begin by saying what a coincidence it was to have found this company. No wait, I don't believe in coincidences. It was providential for sure. I saw this lady's company tagged by someone I don't even know on Instagram. They were advertising her Christmas card designs. I was like, whoa, I'd never thought about getting a local shop to design and print my cards before! Do people do that? All I've ever known was Walmart and Shutterfly. But guess what, never again will I use one of those companies to print my cards. Our cards this year were by far my favorite. The quality of the paper and envelopes were unmatched. Susan has a shop in Concord but it turns out she married a boy from right down the road so I was able to pick up my cards there. And let me tell you, I've never picked up my Christmas cards from a big company all packaged with ribbons and bows and a bonus gift inside for supporting their business. I hate my computer lost the picture I took of it! :( It was a gorgeous presentation!

5. Badin Treehouse Company (www.Facebook.com/badintreehouse)

Y'all, this is my favorite restaurant. Hands down. I love this place. Ask anyone who knows me. I don't get to go often enough but if Adam asks me where I'd like to go out to eat, he already knows the answer. The food is delicious and locally sourced. They have many gluten free options. Aside from the delicious food, I'm a sucker for unique décor and dim lighting in a restaurant. And this place has it! This is a coffee & art café and also a full service restaurant. Please check them out and let me know what you think!

6. Paisley Belle (www.paisleybelle.com)

My friend Angela started her own clothing line and monogram business a few years ago. Besides the cute clothing, she has an amazing blog on her site that allows you to see her amazing heart for people and the Lord. You can buy online from her site or at Front Porch Pickin' (see #7).

7. Front Porch Pickin' (www.facebook.com/frontporchemporium)

This is my new favorite go-to spot for a unique gift for someone or myself! There are dozens of vendor booths inside where you will find anything from homemade soap to antique furniture. They are located in Troy.
Well, there you have it. We so enjoyed doing business with these local businesses and I hope you will give them a try as well. You won't be disappointed!


  1. What a great idea! And I was going to ask about your card, it was so beautiful.

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It made shopping this year so much more fun!