Small Businesses in Austin to Support this Holiday Season
By: Danielle Jones
2020 has been quite the year so far. With a global pandemic, mandatory shutdowns, and a tragic hit to the economy; many small businesses have suffered a huge loss in profits and sadly, some have even permanently closed. Many are looking to the holidays to make up for lost revenue during the pandemic and are hopeful that this can start their rebuilding process.
Find out below how you can support some small businesses in Austin this holiday season to make your local economy a bit more joyous.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Location: 6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752
Dates: November 13th-December 24th 2020
Over 200 local vendors and artists showcase their artwork, jewelry, apparel, photography, handmade gifts, and more here at this seasonal art show. Admission is free and open to the public but there is a reservation system in place to maintain occupancy limits and ensure social distancing. This year, they are offering 4 different ways to shop and support local businesses. You have the option to shop in-store, shop online with shipping, shop online with a pick-up option, or let the Genies work their magic with a personal shopper at the Bazaar.
Shop online, make a reservation, and check out the list of exhibitors here!
The Burlap Bag
The Burlap Bag is a small business run by Josiah and Lauren Lowe in Austin, Texas. They began making candles a few years ago and have a passion for great scents and silly names for their products. The candles that they make are 100% vegan and cruelty-free and have a burn life of 70+ hours. They also sell wax melts, room sprays, and even offer a monthly candle subscription. These delicious-smelling candles would make a perfect gift for someone this holiday season.
To visit the website and start buying gifts, click here!
The Paper + Craft Pantry
The Paper + Craft Pantry is Austin’s first and only locally-owned and woman-owned retail paper shop. They have tons of beautiful stationery, planners, ornaments, stocking stuffers, cards, and much more for sale on their website! Before the pandemic, they offered in-person workshops but now they offer workshop kits that you can purchase online and be shipped as a gift or to yourself for a fun crafty night at home with friends. Consider purchasing some gifts for your loved ones from this crafty shop!
Shop online or schedule a private shopping appointment here!
Natalie Tischler, an Austin native jewelry designer, made jewelry as a hobby for twelve years before starting Ornamental Things in 2004. She makes beautiful handcrafted necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets that would make a great gift. Also, 10% of all her sales are donated to a local charity or organization which is amazing because it is always good to see a small business owner giving back to the world. Give this gift of handcrafted jewelry this year!
Check out some beautiful jewelry here!
Vintage Fresh Design Co.
Location: 12233 N FM 620 #102 Austin, TX 78750
In 2015, Vintage Fresh was created for a passion for modern design and all things vintage. The owners began by thrifting furniture and refinishing the pieces in their garage and transforming them. This storefront features unique furniture pieces, as well as home decor, gifts, and other vintage finds. They currently have a great assortment of holiday decor and many great stocking stuffers!
Visit their online shop here!
Do you have know of any local small businesses that need extra support during the holiday season? Please share in the comments below!