By now, I think you guys are well aware of my love for local — I always feel good giving my *limited* funds to small businesses. They are owned by hardworking members of communities and supporting them makes me feel more in touch with the city I’m living in, visiting, or passing through.
With the ease of Amazon and other large online sites geared for providing customers a variety of products from a variety of companies and corporations, shopping local has lost some of its charm. You can find these local companies selling through sites like Amazon, but I think it’s more gratifying to reach out and make purchases for the small businesses via their online stores or Etsy shops.
I posted my Shop local, Shop Baltimore Gift Guide around the Holidays, but I hope that this post (and subsequent ones like it) convince you to look to local!
Emilee’s Etsy shop is filled with all the little things you never knew you needed….like these Old Bay earrings. Also available: Leslie Knope and waffles studs. One of the cutest shops in Bawlmore, hon.
The Owl You Need is Love print is what dreams are made of — head to Close Call Studio’s Etsy shop for all of your block print, cat toy, and felt botanical needs! Always original, always handmade.
Ever wanted a portrait of yourself? Or your pet? Or better yet, BOTH?! Along with her cute fruit-butt pillows, and playfully-patterned patches, Steph offers these cute portraits for all furry (or human) friends!
I didn’t even know Aryn had her own Etsy shop until she commented on one of my Instagram posts about her wall-hangings. Her shop offers customers cute, “handmade goods with a focus on self-care and mental health advocacy.” Check out her shop!
If you wandered into any boutiques or coffee shops of Baltimore, you’ve likely seen some of Tomahawk Design Co’s products. I feel like I see their coffee mugs everywhere (I’m also biased because I collect them haha) but their shop sells all varieties of “goods for the common Marylander.” Mugs to crab prints to onesies for your favorite MD baby, Tomahawk is a one-stop-shop to turn state pride into functional products and gifts.
I didn’t know I needed a tulle skirt until I came across the FABULOUS ones 2live2love makes. Owner Keisha learned how to sew from her mother, and started her own business after earning degrees in Civil Engineering and city planning. Talk about a true #ladyboss. Her skirts are perfect for occasions (pair with an understated or embellished top for an upcoming event) OR the everyday (because every day should be a celebration!)
Estelle Creates provides customers with wholesome products like soaps, butters, exfoliating scrubs, and candles born from all natural products. They offer vegan variations of some products with a wide range of scents (I’m dying to try the Green Tea & Cucumber!) Don’t worry ladies, they’ve got stuff for your man too. Or gay best friend, whatever works.
Three Leaves Co. has the perfect selection of tshirts to inspire the wanderlust in every single one of us. Their Instagram feed does the same thing x 1000 (just look at it and I bet you’ll feel the urge to climb a mountain.) And owner Ann Marie is the sweetest human, so it’s awesome to support amazing people with great concepts. Head over to the Three Leaves Co. website to shop their reasonably priced tees and tanks!
PNTD PRNTS is a shop built from artist Caitlin Jensen’s “creative, fun, flirty, edgy, funky” artwork, selling her work at an affordable price! As the name suggests, the shop has paintings and prints — but @pntdprnts has some seriously cute graphic tees too!
Lover of warm weather and bright colors? Or just a lover of glam? Elyse by Nicole has the perfect jewelry to boost your mood (and take your outfit to the next level.) I’m always gawking at their playful baubles when they pop up on my IG feed! The Adrienne Tassel Earrings are my definition of jewelry GOALS. And if you live in the city, be sure to check out their new W!NK line, available at PUNCH! in Federal Hill!
I JUST stumbled across MANDALYNN swim as I was finishing up this post and had to include them because their suits are just TOO GOOD.
Own a small business of Baltimore? Check out the Baltimore Etsy Sellers Meetup Group on Instagram (run by Keisha of 2live2love!)
Have a Charm City favorite? Know of any not mentioned here? I’d love to know about them and help spread the word — so be sure to leave the website or Instagram handle in the comments below!
Follow me on Instagram at @stylishlytaylored to see more of my local favorites!
Until next time, keep it Baltimore.