Building Something Good

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the importance of supporting small business.  Today, I’m here to tell you that we practice what we preach. 

Around the store, we have little signs that read, “FUN FACT: Many of the new products we sell are made in the US by Socially Responsible and Eco-Friendly SMALL BUSINESSES”.  And, it’s true. 

We’ve gone out of our way to source merchandise that’s responsibly made, and 90% of them come from small businesses just like ours.  With every order, we receive hand-written notes, thank you cards and often even small gifts.  They are as grateful for our order as we are for your business and that means the world to us. 

Here are a few examples:

Alyssa & Dan Thiel started PCB Home in 2012 when Alyssa found a passion for handmade home design.  They opened a shop and eventually started selling their creative designs wholesale, throughout the country.  They strive to celebrate love daily and hope that their products inspire you to do the same.  PCB’s simple yet comforting linens and pillows, are lovingly made by hand using sustainable processes and materials.

Bram & Michelle Hutchinson brought Happy Spritz from Canada to the U.S. in 2015.  After years of researching and personally using essential oils in their everyday lives, they started creating their own functional essential oil sprays to use throughout the day and gave them each catchy names and clean, simplistic scent combinations.  A portion of every purchase of Happy Spritz products goes to animal rescue organizations and welfare efforts.

P.F. Candle Co. is a Los Angeles-based company owned by husband and wife team Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger.  Kristin opened the small business after losing her job (like me!) in 2008 and her hardcore /punk rock husband joined her in 2012.  Their mission is to make life smell better by creating high quality products at an accessible price point while supporting the lives of their staff of 30-40.   Their candles are handmade using sustainable soy wax and they gratefully donate 1% of all profits to charity.

These are just a few of the businesses we’re inspired to emulate and grateful to support.  As I’ve said, we’re trying to do more than just sell things here.  We’re trying to build something good that our family and our community can be proud of. My hope is to one day (soon) tell you that my own hardcore rocker/carpenter husband has retired from his life of labor to join me fulltime in the business and that we too, are supporting local craftspeople and workers.

Thank you for helping to make that happen!

Cara Evans