SHOP LOCAL – Support Small Businesses

From thrift shops to charming boutiques, I’m sure to find something unique!

Case in point …

These funky tunics (100% cotton, made in Nepal by an ethical company). Jackie (owner of La Jolie Molly boutique) was wearing one when Maria and I went shopping in Ridgeway, Crystal Beach. We both bought one. Maria’s has short-sleeves; I chose 3/4 length and folded them up a little. Great to pair with leggings. The design and butterfies are so cute. We love the pockets!

Visiting Maria is always an adventure!

This past year has been extremely difficult for small businesses. While the mega stores like Amazon, Walmark and Target are making more money than ever, so many small shops have had to close their doors forever.

My daughter’s eco boutique is going online


“The worst part about closing the Drizzle & Shine physical location will be laying off my wonderful staff. I didn’t make this decision lightly. And frankly, it wasn’t really a choice. We just can’t stay open and pay the expenses of a brick and mortar store with the drop in sales we’ve seen since the beginning of the pandemic.

Going exclusively online doesn’t take the time and work that running a physical location requires. People are the best part of a store. But without customers to interact with, displays to set up, shelves of inventory to replenish, events and fundraisers to plan and run, there isn’t enough work for any of us.” read more

Let’s support small businesses and shop local.

Say yes to new adventures!


Linking up with AMY and NANCY


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17 Responses to SHOP LOCAL – Support Small Businesses

  1. tristramouma says:

    Your store is great to shop, so fun and funky!!

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  2. Jess says:

    I love the tops, so unique with the beading and embroidery! A fun outfit! I have been enjoying Poshmark and have shopped there for years, it is fun to find treasures. You always look so lovely!
    It is so important to support small businesses!
    Have a great day!
    jess xx

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  3. Amy Johnson says:

    Such fun tops!

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  4. purpleslob says:

    So fun and funky!! I’m so sorry to hear of Jean’s store closing. 😦

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  5. utesmile says:

    This tunic looks gorgeous on both of you! I love that style. Business rates and keeping a shop must be really difficult and I can imagine it was hard for your daughter to make that decision. I do hope her shop online is doing well. Wish Jean the very best!

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    • carmen says:

      She didn’t really have a choice. The sadest part is having to lay off her two most dedicated employees who have been with the store since the beginning–five years ago–almost unheard of in retail, where turnover is high.

      Thanks so much for your kind words. It is devastating for thousands of businesses and the families that this affects. Livelihood is so important because people need to put for food on the table and pay their mortgage or they will lose their homes.

      I know of several stores and businesses in our area who have closed, it’s such a shame.


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  6. Nancy says:

    I’m al about supporting small business, we always do in oure Village.

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  7. Jodie says:

    It’s been incredibly sad to hear these stories about the small businesses Carmen. Especially your daughter’s. I so wish everyone would support these small guys. We’ve been working hard at it too.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you for shopping at Jean’s store! I know you support small businesses too. Seeing all the work and time and money Jean put into Drizzle and Shine to build up a wonderful eco-boutique and yet having to close such a lovely shop is very sad.

      Her message and mission was so important: “Everything in the store is free of animal products. And everything is a combination of fair trade, organic, local, USA-made, and/or recycled. We choose brands who think big, have small footprints, and give back.”



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