Holiday shopping is in full swing, and this year I have made the commitment to shop small and shop local for the majority of the gifts I'll be giving this year. When I think of shopping small, I think of all the wonderful and talented makers I know (candles, soaps, bath & body products, shirts, etc), but I often forget about the amazing boutiques out there, too.
When you peruse various holiday gift guides, you'll find them jam packed with great gift ideas from makers and small businesses with a handful (or less) products, but this shopping guide is specifically to highlight some of my favorite boutiques! Shopping with boutiques still counts as shopping small (and local if they are in your town), and you can knock out a lot of your list with just one or two shops! Plus, many boutiques put an emphasis on supporting small brands, so it's really a win-win!
The Materials Design Co
My good friend Arielle started TMDCo. in 2018 to bring beautiful products to market and a focus on telling the story of a product’s creation process from materials to inspiration to maker. Over the past year or so she has expanded her shop to not only include her own goods but also the work of a number of outstanding makers and designers.
At TMDCo, you'll find a freshly curated collections of joyful and whimsical design, created by independent designers, makers, and artists from around the US and the world. These collections pinpoint design trends and the color moods of the season and are accompanied by inspiration boards, maker interviews, and even a Spotify playlist so you can immerse in the beauty of the season. Whenever I need a fun and funky gift (or just a pick-me-up for myself), I check out what Arielle has in her shop, and I'm never disappointed!
The Flourish Market
Mix & MatchMix & Match is a St. Louis based boutique that also offers trunk shows as a fun shopping experience. Owner & Founder Maggie Laskowitz started Mix & Match to help women find fashionable, comfortable, affordable everyday clothes that mix and match with their current wardrobe. Clients can shop in the comfort of their own home or at their two brick and mortar shops in St. Louis.
Mix & Match is a reflection of Maggie's lifestyle and how she like to shop. Clothes that are comfy and cute for those casual days along with some items to dress up your wardrobe. Maggie has created a space where everyone who shops there feels welcome and comfortable, because shopping should be fun! Stop by to chat, shop and try on the newest trends.