Updated: Mar 30
Running a small business is anything but easy, especially during a pandemic. So when you shop this holiday season (and everyday), keep it small! By shopping small, you are supporting a family, putting a smile on someone's face, and helping to build your community's economy. We're sharing our favorite local, small businesses with you, so save this blog for when you go shopping!
Amaryllis Paperie is a stationery studio in New Jersey that specializes in wedding invitations and handmade items for life’s most special moments. Owner of Amaryllis Paperie, Haleigh is also a Rock Island Lake Club bride! She created all of her own wedding day signage and then turned her hobby into a full time job. You can shop her Etsy collection here for holiday cards, ornaments, and more!
Chester Charcuterie offers custom charcuterie boards with meats, cheeses, and more! Owned by Alicia and Marisa, this yummy and Insta-worthy company services Morris, Hunterdon,
Sussex, and Essex County. Whether it's for an event, a gift, or just for you, Chester Charcuterie will create and deliver a one-of-a-kind charcuterie board for you to enjoy!
What's your go-to gift? Ours is candles! They smell amazing, they give off good vibes, and everyone loves a candle! Brighter Days Company makes candles that are handmade and poured right in NJ. Their candles are vegan and non-toxic, made with 100% natural soy wax and an organic wooden wick. Shop their collection of candles (and cute greeting cards!) that are guaranteed to make your day brighter. Oh and be sure to check out their calendar; the girls at Brighter Days Co host candle making workshops!
Cloveberry is our go-to spot for coffee or a sandwich. It's a local organic café just a few miles down the road from Rock Island Lake Club. Grab a drink and some food or a gift certificate while you are out shopping for the holidays this year!
Pennings Farm is one of our favorites! Pennings Farm started as a simple farm stand and has since grown into a year-round farmer's market, a garden center, a pub, a grill, an ice cream stand, a bakery, a catering service, a seasonal beer garden, orchards, and a seasonal farm animal barnyard...so basically they do a little bit of everything! If you're looking for a gift or a fun place to visit, check out Pennings Farm!
Our girl, Samantha is a bridal and event makeup artist located in northern New Jersey. She is on our preferred vendor list because she is just that talented (and nice)!
Looking for a unique gift? This year, Makeup by Samantha Linn released 'the Beauty Course,' which includes info and educational content, a color theory deep dive, skin care essentials, tutorials, and more! You can purchase the Beauty Course at https://www.makeupbysamanthalinn.com/beauty-course-sales.
Andersen Farms is located in Sparta, NJ. They sell fresh produce, plants, home goods, jewelry, Christmas trees, ice cream and treats, and more! They also have adorable animals to say hello to while you do some holiday shopping.
If you have a sweet tooth, you need to get some treats from Karly's Kakes! Karly is a self-taught baker who makes custom cakes, cookies, and more for any occasion. She's also making these adorable snowman hot chocolate bombs. Get them before they are sold out! Explore Karly's mouthwatering treats on Facebook and Instagram.
We recently discovered Café e Dolci, and we are SO glad that we did. This cute (and delicious!) café is located in Franklin, NJ, about 15 minutes from Rock Island, with a second location in Warwick, NY. Their Italian cuisine includes homemade items like artisan gelato, sweet and savory crepes, edible cookie dough, and more.
I guess you could say that we like food being that this is the sixth small business that we've mentioned that offers food 🤷
Looking for cute and unique gifts? Check out Garlic and Oil in Sparta, NJ! They have everything from gourmet foods, home décor, apparel, jewelry and accessories, and more! After some shopping, try one of the many restaurants in the Lake Mohawk White Deer plaza-- St. Moritz (one of our preferred vendors for rehearsal dinners!), Kroghs, Il Porto, Tanti Baci, or Casa Mia.
We know how hard small business owners work, so lets support them this holiday season, and everyday! And thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the small businesses that we've had the pleasure of working with over the years ♡