Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our Top 12 Small Business Product Picks For 2014 #shopsmall

Hi every one and Happy Day After Thanksgiving!
Guess what?
Saturday, November 29th is

I am not one who loves shopping AT ALL, never have, never will. Back in the days before computers I ALWAYS preferred shopping in "Mom and Pop" stores, or small boutiques that to me were gold mines when it came to finding items that I wouldn't see everyone and their Mama (or Papa) having or wearing. I have always been drawn to things that are unique, and that are often much better crafted than mainstream products found in every large chain store in the land.

Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days! It was created by American Express back in 2010 for the sole purpose of encouraging people to shop small businesses the day after Black Friday, (a day that I will NEVER in life participate in).

Throughout 2014 Cody and I have done A LOT of product reviews, and today, we would like to feature some of our favorites from 2014 that were created by SMALL BUSINESSES!  (To see products that we loved from larger businesses, visit us the week of December 8th for our Holiday Gift Guide!)

For the purpose of this post, I am  featuring our small business faves, with their name, a photo of the product and a link to our previous reviews, which you can visit to learn about each product by clicking their name! ( Many of these earlier reviews included give-aways which obviously have ended. Also, this is ONLY a list of SOME of our favorites and ONLY feature products that we showcased in 2014. There are many other small business products that we love, but if we didn't feature them in 2014, they did not make the "cut"). Enjoy and if you are looking for gifts this holiday season, give them a holler! Sit back and enjoy!!

CAT (and small dog) BEDS

SMARTCATCHER the "Unordinary" Cat Litterbox  Mat!

 The Petter™ Planner!  It's an  organizer, and 
scrapbook all in one! 
Item in photo may no longer be available
Visit their website for MORE
Cat (and Dog) Jewelry!
Custom Body Pillows
Cat Greeting Cards From The Paper Cat

Jewelry Keepsakes
Emma's Pet Portraits, Studio Emma Kaufmann
"Starry Starry Cody"
Purr Baby's Memento Book by Elizabeth Parker
Pawz "N" Clawz Unique Handmade Jewelry
The Googie Cat Bed
Royal Cat Boutique
Like what you see?
Get shopping!
Remember to "Shop Small!"


  1. Those are some very nice products. We admit that Mom Paula has shopped on Black Friday but lately she's shopping online instead of getting out in the stores.

  2. Wonderful list! Online shopping is the only way to go on Black Friday :)

  3. Thanks so much for including For Love of a Dog! Great gift ideas :-)

  4. We like all of that stuff, tis the season!

  5. So many of these would make great gifts! I'm so glad you are supporting small businesses!

  6. Thanks for listing all of these. We're gonna steal the mom's credit card and do some shopping!

  7. Yeah, we do like what we see. Alls we gotta do now is figure out how we gonna get seven of each onto Mumsy's credit card!
    hee-hee ;-D

  8. I love the Jewelry from pawz 'n' clawz,Have a bracelet that they made just for me with a bunny charm,xx Rachel

    1. I love my bracelet too, mine is the one in the photo :) xoxo

  9. Meowmy had to go to a B.F. store replace something she needed and had just broken, Arghh! Why right now, MOL! She went to a free standing not the most popular of retailers and got what she needed. And it ended up being a BF sale item...lots to be had, because of course it wasn't a electronic device, MOL! Score! At least her turkey got cooked as she was planning.
    Meowmy used to love browsing, but in catalogs, nowadays those do not come to our den anymore, they thing all peeps do evfurrything on their confusers.

  10. Thank you for your lovely ideas ! Purrs

  11. What a wonderful list! So many great ideas! Have a wonderful weekend, sweeties! :) xx Roxy & Tigerlino <3

  12. Thanks for reminding me about the Petter book, I am ordering one for myself for Christmas :)

  13. Those awe sum pawsum fings. Weez member sum of them owselves. Mommy dusn't pawtake of da looniness dat is Black Furiday eever. Usually cuz weez hav no gween papers (mol) but mostly cuz hers not dat cwazy. MOL

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

  14. Those are some great gift ideas.
    It's kind-of like supporting a small business, but one of the reasons we don't shop at some online big stores (like a pet supply place that a lot of pet bloggers advertise) is that it doesn't cost much more to shop locally, and by doing that we support local businesses and jobs.

  15. Yes! We is firm supporters of small business.

  16. Some very nice things for the holidays.
    Sue B

  17. Wow this is great Caren that you are giving some of your favorite small businesses a boost. Thanks so much for including me! Happy Holidays to you and Cody x

    1. Thanks so much!! I am thrilled to include you!! You are most welcome! Happy Holidays back at ya!! xoxo

  18. Good choices for "Shopping Small".....we much prefer supporting local and non-local small businesses to the BIG BOX stores......long live SMALL!

    Hugs, Sammy and Mom

  19. Aw thank so much for the mention!!!
    We are just beginning our 12 days of Christmas sale too!!

    I absolutely love the other businesses you listed, and will be checking some out for the holidays for sure!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  20. Those all look amazing!

    I hate shopping in big stores too. I'm so glad for the Internet!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  21. We like supporting small businesses too. These are all great suggestions!

  22. Great to support small businesses and you featured some wonderful ones for sure.