Posted on November 28, 2015

Made South Holiday Market

Family/ Southern

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Shop Small. It’s what everyone is doing today on Small Business Saturday, but what would happen if we did it all the time? Every gift, every household need, purchased from a family-owned business. When you shop small, you don’t just make a purchase, you build a relationship. Our sweet friends Chris and Kimberly Thomas are the creators of MADE SOUTH, and they just had their second Market event where they created a space for 80 Southern makers and artisans to share their creations.

I had the privilege of naming myself their ‘Community Maker’ for this event, and got to see the heart and soul behind every hard working maker behind each booth. I helped share the event through social media and was overwhelmed by the response from people who were ecstatic to be a part of such an event whether it be as a volunteer, or a fellow blogger who wanted to share their experience following their visit to the Market! People LOVE supporting small businesses, they just need to be reminded or even introduced to the idea. Insert MADE SOUTH.

 

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Redbeard Brew Bars

Just go and read the ‘About’ section of some of these fine Southern folks straight from their websites. Take Zeb from Redbeard Brew Bars for example. His story is a prime example of how these talented, hard working families, took a leap of faith to start their businesses.

“In 2012, I landed, what I thought would be, my new, and hopefully, final career. I became a Special Agent for the US Department of Justice, and we moved over 2,500 miles from our home in Georgia. Over time, I began to realize that the dream job wasn’t as important to me as my family. Time with my family was limited, and my little boy Finn (the future Redbeard) was going to grow up 2,500 miles from his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. My wife Lauren and I sat down and decided to make a leap of faith and give up that secure job and move back to Georgia to start our own business.”

The Thomas family have a heart for people and the South and they know how to build a community of like-minded people. The Market was incredible, but I would do you all a huge disservice if I didn’t mention the opportunity they give you to bring these Southern curated goods straight to your front door! That’s right y’all! They have a pretty fun and fabulous service that delivers a box of surprise goodies quarterly to you and everyone on your Christmas list. They always include the story of each Maker and they are always packed with love by their family and friends. Right now they are offering 25% off ready-to-ship goods in their online store too!

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These opinions are my very own. As always, I would never steer you wrong. I would have featured every single maker if I didn’t have a toddler to potty train. {Like Dear Mushka and Louise & Earle -my absolute FAVORITES!} I’m a big believer in supporting small businesses, and Southerners just make everything better. How do you support small businesses? What are some of your favs? Hope to see y’all at the next market!

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This is absolutely beautiful and so inspiring! I hope we can do this in Ogden and include the jam made by homeless in our city. Plus local artisans and bloggers.

Thanks for sharing,
Janet

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I love this idea — it’s so important to support small businesses and I love that this market brings so many of them together! I must find something like this in D.C.!

xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

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