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  • Writer's pictureJill Devine

Support Small Business Saturday

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In case you don't know this about me, I love supporting small businesses. While it's important to support small businesses all the time, it's super important now more than ever. Please share with your friends and family. Here are some small businesses to consider:

*Anya's Apothekere

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With a career background including a B.A., culinary school, doula training, and certifications as an Eco-Maternity Consultant and Lactation Counselor, Anya Corson has learned what the human body needs (and does not!) to thrive. Anya is the CEO and Founder of Anya’s Apothekere. While working hard to keep her daughter’s allergies in check and getting both of her children to eat the recommended daily amount of veggies, Anya set out to create a “superfood” that would appeal to her children’s sweet-loving taste buds, yet was packed with the health benefits she was seeking for her family.

The creation became Anya’s Apothekere Fermented Honey Sauces, which are handmade in small batches in St. Louis, Missouri using the highest quality ingredients on the market.

Anya was a guest on my podcast, Two Kids and A Career: Episode 39: Right Now Strengthening Your Immune System Is More Important Than Ever

*Pistols N Vixens

Over here at Pistols N Vixens we're all things Mom, Wife and Bae! Our mission is to offer trendy fashion looks that are affordable, comfortable, and of course, cute! We love retail therapy and understand that life can get hectic. Maybe you're a Mom wrestling toddlers all day or a major boss babe blazin' trails. Or...just're both. We get your chaos, friend. Let us make one part of your day easier. *Scratch Bake House

For those who are new friends and haven’t order with us just yet, we are an order-pickup bakehouse which means we only bake when you order. Our process is super simple, take a look at our website and shoot us an email at letting us know what you would like! You let us know when you would like to pick up the order and then you can grab your sweets off our table at our little yellow house in Wentzville!

*Milk and Honey Boutique and Wine Bar

Milk and Honey is a home, gift and apparel boutique that's been open for an amazing six years in Wildwood, Missouri. We are a Boutique & Wine Bar filled with home décor, apparel and gifts! We specialize in boutique wines and craft beers - try one in our wine and beer garden, or while you shop inside for a friend or yourself!

*The Floral Preservation Co.

Photo by The Floral Preservation Co

Flowers can evoke powerful memories and emotions. Carnations and senior prom. Red roses from your first love. White gardenias when you married your soulmate. Tulips on Mother’s Day. Lilies at the passing of a loved one. It was the loss of her great-grandmother that prompted Teresa Rinne to establish The Floral Preservation Co., a method, keepsake album, and new tradition for preserving floral memories.

*Addy's Way

Welcome! My name is Lisa Webb and I am the Owner & Creator of AW! I started my jewelry business in 2010 while living in Houston, TX. Through the years, and two moves, Addy's Way has continued to grow and change to stay with the current trends. I love jewelry and I love researching new styles and putting my spin on them. In 2020 we added a new channel to the AW brand, AW Apparel. I'm excited to be offering both of my creative outlets here at AW. Thank you for your continued support! I appreciate each and every one of you!

*St. Louis Cheeseboards

At St. Louis Cheese Boards, we make cheese boards filled with exceptional ingredients, thoughtful design and most importantly, lots and lots of love. Our goal is to meet your entertaining needs while wow-ing your friends and family at your next gathering! Each board is unique to each customer and no two boards are alike. We want our customers to feel like they are ordering an edible work of art! Thank you for taking time to learn more about St. Louis Cheese Boards, we can't wait to make your order!

*Cat's Meow Personalized Gifts

After making the decision to stay home to raise her children, but wanting to supplement the family income, our owner, Catherine, started Cat's Meow Personalized Gifts out of her home. She was instantly excited with the idea of trying her hand at monogramming and embroidery. Through the years, the business flourished as our customer base grew rapidly. The family dining room, converted into a store, soon became too small. Catherine's hard work paid off and with a faithful customer following, and the decision was made to open a storefront! Over the years, the business has continued to grow in size and location! Catherine has been joined by an incredible staff dedicated to continuing excellent customer service and endless creativity. The attention to detail given to each item in unsurpassed in the industry, creating the Cat's Meow experience!

*Story Seven

Once upon a time, the three of us met while raising our seven kids and teaching Sunday School. We’ve always enjoyed creating welcoming and comfortable spaces, and we value the importance of gift giving and celebrating life’s special occasions. We love the quote, “Home is where your story begins.” At Story Seven, we strive to offer a relaxed mix of our own traditional and transitional styles with a vintage vibe. Most of our products are new, and we are excited to carry many products hand-crafted in Missouri. Some of our products are unique, one-of-a-kind finds. Our Midwest roots have definitely influenced Story Seven’s style.

I would love to know your favorite small businesses. Feel free to send your recommendations to: and please consider shopping "small" this holiday season.

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