Small Business This Christmas: Top Local Vendors for Holiday Gifts

The economic downturn has forced many Americans to re-evaluate their priorities, and has heightened the public’s awareness of home-grown small businesses – vs. buying lesser-quality goods made overseas. While I’m a fan of Starbucks and confess to buying some of my kit (duct tape and lighters, that kind of thing) at Wal-Mart, I constantly refer and purchase from small businesses here in town.

My black Friday was spent shopping from the following wonderful local businesses:

1. Fleur De Sel Caramels from Superfine Bakery: These are hand made with great care, and frankly, they’re addictive. People get hooked! You can purchase at Superfine’s Etsy Store.

Delicious. Photo by Andrea Bricco Photography

2. Mulberry Row: Not only do Alicia and Robin create gorgeous florals for my clients’ weddings, they have a lovely shop in Sherman Oaks that sells clever, elegant, and one-of-a-kind offerings like sumptuous scented candles, objets to pretty up the home, and fine-quality stationary and cards. They are hosting an open house this Friday and Saturday,
November 30th & December 1st, from 4PM to 8PM. Like them on Facebook or contact at for information. 13365 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA.

3. Soft Peaks Confections – This company is devoted to artisan, delicious custom-crafted macarons. Their top flavor this season? Bacon Banana. It has to be tasted to be believed!

Raspberry Kettle Corn macarons

(Psst…caramels and macarons make great wedding favors too!)

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