I usually avoid the Black Friday crowd, however, this year was different. I awoke with shopping on the brain and headed to the North Loop district to hit a few favorites, some with sales and some with mimosas. A good-old-fashioned holiday spirit was floating in the air, unlike the madness which comes with the Mega Stores. This kind of energy is one of the reasons why I support boutique shops. Staffed with personable and knowledgeable men and women, small stores have pride in their thoughtful selection of goods and often have stories for each item.


Small shops carry items which are sometimes one-of-a-kind, handmade or hard to find. Just another reason why you all need to head out tomorrow for Shop Small Saturday! For you locals, make sure to swing by Mille where my gal Michelle will be selling her beautifully curated goods on Saturdays through December (in addition to her regular studio hours). She’ll also be selling a few of Brown Ink Paper Good items as well (Mille: 316 W 48th St. Saturday 12-5).

Holiday Wrapping Paper / Poketo

So start supporting the small guy. Chances are, you’ll walk out with fabulous goodies and some spiced cider to keep you moving to the next destination.

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