National retailers and big box stores have laid claim to Black Friday’s holiday shopping crush, so if that’s your jam, may the parking gods be with you. But here are five smaller-scale places to check out on November 26, otherwise known as Small Business Saturday. Pssst: You can shop four of them without leaving your house.
1. Browse the virtual mall at Made in Cincinnati (shopmadeincincinnati.com) where you’ll find jewelry from Grey Goose, beard oil and shaving accessories from Orange Fuzz, leather goods by Teufelmacht, cotton baskets and bags from The Northern Market (pictured), and lots of other locally made goodies.
2. Your Friends and Neighbors (yourfriendsandneighbors.com) is a new shop-within-a-shop inside Leftcoast Modern on Woodburn Avenue in Walnut Hills. YF&N features an array of small handmade home goods expertly curated by Maya Drozdz, a graphic designer and the creative force behind VisuaLingual. Stop by for gifty wares like pillows, soaps, ceramics, and greeting cards.
3. Celebrate Local Ohio is an emporium of locally produced goods, from jewelry to wall art to food, with three shopping options: two actual stores, one at the Easton Town Center in Columbus and one at the Liberty Center; and a virtual one: celebratelocalohio.com
4. Brush Factory’s brick and mortar flagship in OTR won’t be open until early December, but the offerings thus far on their website, brushmanufactory.com, indicate that the wait will be worth it. Rosie Kovacs and Hayes Shanesy offer beautiful solid wood furniture (hand crafted by Shanesy) and accessories in their online shop; these pieces will be joined in the store by an eclectic mix of home goods.
5. Rajovilla (joyalogue.com) is the online home of artist Joya Logue, whose gorgeous, hand-made clutches caught our eye when they popped up a while back at Idlewild Woman on Vine Street in OTR. Logue has a selection of clutches for sale on the site as well as fine art prints made from her original watercolors.