Shop Local & Small Biz – The 2014 Holiday Edition

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Shop Local & Small Biz – The 2014 Holiday Edition!



Small business Saturday has passed but you know what hasn’t passed is the fact that we have about 18 or 19 days until Christmas Eve depending on how you add it up! If you are celebrating Hanukkah well you don’t have quite as much time! I am a huge believer in shopping local but you know what else I’m a believer in shopping small biz and both are fun you can get to know the owners of the company’s that you are working with.

Here are my list of Local Businesses to Wilmington NC and the surrounding area you should go check out!

My go to gift item this year is a necklace from this store called Half United!  Kim at 98.3 The Penguin was wearing this at a local event and I asked her about it and I found out that the necklace with the Bullet (Take A Bullet For Hunger) every product you purchase provides a weeks worth of food for a child in need!  I don’t know about you but I think that’s pretty cool I told the Viking I wanted one for sure!  

Our Lil’ Suburban Homestead Etsy Shop – No Sew Fleece Blankies, Honey and Mind Yo’ Beezwax Lip Balm

Memory Lane Comics – is a local comic book store where they buy, sell and trade Comics, Action Figures and Graphic Novels!  They know their stuff!  Go in and tell Jake and Ben we sent you!  Plus they take hilarious pictures and post them on facebook!  They even have special comedy nights and events at their store!  

Wilmington Home Brew Supply and  Wilmington Brewing Co. both located together off Kerr Avenue is your holiday place to shop for home brewing supplies and or really cool t-shirts. They have new t-shirt designs this year and they are awesome too I have one on my Christmas list for my husband to get me! If you don’t have one it should be on your list even if you don’t home-brew. The owners John and Michelle provide personal service and attention as well as providing a wealth of knowledge regarding home-brewing and they are just fun people!  Michelle took this picture for us today!  

Pomegranate Books is a local book store in Wilmington that has buyers that are out of this world I am telling you if you need the book they will find it and they still gift wrap and offer all of the personal touches that you just can’t find anymore at the big chain stores. Plus you will get to know the Owner and Management and that makes all the difference!

Gravity Records – This is such a fun store and the folks that work in the store absolutely love music! They host events to launch new musicians, if you love vinyl have they got some vinyl for you and me I love to browse their cd collection to continually expand my music collection. Oh and they have movies too! Make sure to stop in and say hey to Matt the owner this holiday season!

Goat & Compass – A local bar that feels like Cheers!  Great drink specials and really cool bar memorabilia last year they had hoodies and once again the owner Scott says they have some really cool hoodies in just in time for the holiday season and each hoodie lists all the breweries in North Carolina!  Click here to see a prototype of the hoodie!

The Ready Store –  We found this gem of a store in Hampstead North Carolina and they have MRE’s, backpacking supplies, emergency supplies and more!  Yes we stocked up!

Shelton Herb Farm – Meg Shelton is a friend of ours and she runs a beautiful herb farm in Leland, NC. If you haven’t been out to visit the farm it is so worth a visit! She is very knowledgeable about what grows well in North Carolina. Besides there is an amazing barbecue place out in Leland called Dukes BBQ so it’s an excuse to stop in there as well!

Earth In Hand – I met the owner Victoria she is committed to finding the finest materials to make her lotion bars and balms along with providing Chakra healing just to name a few things.

Down To Earth – is where I ask my husband to pick up my custom or almost custom-made perfume made from essential oils every Birthday and Christmas! It smells amazing! They also sell incense and jewelry I love this store!  Did I mention I love their jewelry?

Re-Eco Gift Shop – My friend Katherine recommended this place to me!   It is a place that was opened by a couple of local artists and they sell really cool unique items often that are repurposed and seeing is believing so get on over there!  Trust me I take what she says seriously you should too!

Old River Farms – has a lot going on this Holiday Season! They will be having a Christmas Hayrides and Campfire Soup on December 13th and 20th That sounds like such a blast!

Poplar Grove Plantation Christmas Show – Christmas Arts, Crafts and Gift Show – Tomorrow Dec. 7th at 11am!

Another really cool item you can procure in our fine Port City is the  Port City Christmas Jam CD that will be for sale this holiday season in our wonderful town. Musicians from all over the Port City came together for a good cause all proceeds are going to Nourish NC!

Handmade Wooden Crafts as Beer Totes – A local artist friend of ours has an Etsy Shop called The Left Handed Beer Drinker really cool stuff!  Check out his work!

Rebel Baking Company – Pretzels and Local Baked Goods for the Holidays!


Local Port City Foodie Destinations For The Holidays!

Purchase the foodie in your life a gift certificate or just go eat at these great restaurants they are amazing!

RX Restaurant


Catch Restaurant 



Here is my list of online small businesses where I actually know these folks and they have good high quality products!


Canning & Kitchen Gifts

At Home Canning DVD with Kendra Lynne from New Life On A Homestead (Just a side not Kendra is going to be a guest on my show on The Prepper Broadcasting Network this Tuesday December 9th to at 9pm Est. to discuss “All Things Canning!” you won’t want to miss it!

Pantry Paratus has everything you need for your kitchen!

Dolly’s Aprons – These aprons are just beautiful and she has lots of farm girl designs!

Pioneering Today A Homemade Christmas – Melissa K. Norris


Farm & Garden Gifts

Bee Bayou Farm & Apiary – Honey & Balm You can’t go wrong with homemade natural balms as a gift!  The owners are passionate about beekeeping and good friends of ours so go over and visit them!  

Timber Creek Farm Store – Homemade postcards ( I can vouch these are beautiful!, farm calendar, and beautiful hand made gifts!)
Seeds Of The Month Club for that favorite gardener in your life!

Acorn Hill Handcrafts – Cutting Boards, Serving Boards, and Forged Iron wares!

Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew – soil conditioner for the gardener you love!

Peaceful Acres Farm – Water Color Artwork (Diane is responsible for the artwork on my blog page she’s so talented), balms, and woolies.

Joybilee Farm Store – Shampoo Bars, Wool Dryer Balls and more!

Blue Yonder Urban Farm – Soaps, Seeds, and more!

Mitten State Wool – Wool dryer balls and woolies!

Gifts For The Prepper In Your Life or Someone Who Needs To Begin Prepping!

The  Survival Mom by Lisa Bedford

The Bucket Backpack – You didn’t know you needed one of these?  How many times have you gone on a hike in the woods and wished you had a backpack on your pack to put wild edibles or kindling in?  Here it is a lightweight easy to use backpack!  More info to come on this!

All American Sun Oven – Prepared Family Christmas Combo

Urban Emergency Survival Plan by Jim Cobb

Take A Bullet For Hunger Necklace by Half United

 Building The Ultimate Urban Survival Kit – TUUSK – The Bug Out Bag Guide

Food Storage Mom’s – Emergency Grab & Go Binder

Harvest Right – In Home Freeze Dryer – You can freeze dry your own foods!

Trayer Wilderness Store – Multi Flame Tool & More

Prepared In Every Way – Wonder Oven

Other Gift Ideas That Will Inspire You & Your Family!

 Naked Determination by Gisela Hausmann

Simply Living Simply Essential Oils

Montana Solar Creations – Wooden Toys, Reusable Baby Wipes, River Rock, Mason Jar Solar Lanterns & More!

Beauty On The Homestead Products by LillaRose

A Free Edition of the Holiday Edition of From Scratch Magazine – This is a beautiful holiday magazine to get inspired with holiday ideas!


Shopping local and small biz is win win for everyone! If you shop local you are face to face with a local vendor that may even become your friends like in our case with John and Michelle at Wilmington Brewing Co. or Jacob and Ben at Memory Lane Comics!

I hope you are having fun preparing for the holidays with your family!  Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Karen Lynn

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