While Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, usually big brands and retailers are the only ones able to participate in this yearly sale. So today, I wanted to highlight some of my favourite small brands and businesses you should considering supporting, even if they don’t have a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale! So, today I encourage you to buy from that small business you’ve had your eyes on, I guarantee you that every purchase made from a small business has someone happy dancing as they receive it and pack it up!
Without further adieu, I’m sharing all of my favourite BIPOC owned, female-owned, LGBTQIA2S+ shops, and local businesses with you today, so shop till you drop!
One of my favourite local retailers for clothing items is Jardines Domaine! 99.9% of the time this is where all of my Free People pieces are from and they even have their own line of clothes that are out of this world.
Kaela Kay creates the most stunning pieces (and not to mention, Kaela Kay was our Golden Ticket item in the Winter 2020 Jilly Box!). If you are looking for a dress perfect for all of your holiday festivities, I have one in mind just for you, check it out here (and it’s on sale!!)!
It’s safe to say that I’m obsessed with Fossello’s! Not only is their curation of clothing on-trend, but they truly have something for every lady on your list. PLUS, they are having a Black Friday sale, check out all of the items they have on sale here!
A brand that I recently learned about through Shayla Stonechild is and can’t wait to support is Lesley Hampton. The line that I have my eyes on is the athletic and leisure line and this product in particular.
Great minds think alike! 😏 Jilly’s Boutique is another online clothing retailer that carries some of my favourite brands like Free People, Brunette the Label, and Lack of Color! Plus, they have an assortment of other items available for everyone on your list!
You’ve probably already heard the news but I just launched another collaboration with Smash + Tess. That’s right, the Shay Romper is still available in a few sizes and would make the perfect gift for that special someone on your list!
Another one of my fave local boutiques is Collins St! If you don’t follow her on Instagram you must. Last year was challenging for us all, but Collins Street lost their shop to a devastating fire. Nicole is now operating her business from her home and is absolutely killing it, I have to say!
If you are a Jilly Box subscriber you may have noticed a tan blazer I wore in the Fall 2021 Jilly Box shoot, and it was actually from a local business, Cento Wear! Located in the heart of downtown Vernon, Cento Wear boasts a beautiful selection of carefully curated feminine apparel and accessories from a variety of European, Canadian, and American designers.
Birch Hill Studios is another one of my favourite businesses also located in Vernon! And they actually created the Be Good shirt from the Fall 2020 Jilly Box. If you are looking for any gift for an apparel lover in your life, look no further!!
Your one-stop shop for all-thing hats! I just discovered Monrowe NYC this year and let me tell you, their hats are a piece of art! If you have a person on your list that is obsessed with hats, look no further!
Hawkmoth Bead Co. is one of my favourite finds! I absolutely love their delicate handmade beaded earrings. Her earrings are in very high demand and sells out quite frequently, so get your hands on them while you can!
Do you have someone on your list that loves fine jewelry? Well, let me fill you in on a little secret, Lavender & Grace, a Kelowna-based shop sells the most delicate pieces.
Shop Quince is a relatively new business in the heart of the Okanagan, but they sell the most adorable pieces! Here you’ll find everything from gorgeous statement straw bags, to throw pillows and blankets! Make sure to check them out if you have an accessory or home decor lover on your list!
Another one of my favourite local shops to buy all-things jewelry related! Franky Rose is owned and operated by the most dynamic sister duo and they curate the most stunning pieces!
Last but not least in the accessory department is none other than Melanie Auld. Melanie Auld and I collaborated on the Adorned collection a few years ago and it’s still going strong! I seriously cannot leave the house without my necklace, and to be truthful… I never take it off! PLUS, the collection is included in their Black Friday sale, run don’t walk!
I have recently discovered my love for belt bags and I am obsessed with the Ela Handbags x Sasha Exeter collab. If you have not yet discovered a belt bag, run don’t walk, and if you have an accessory lover in your life, this would make the PERFECT gift!!
I have so many favourite beauty brands, but I couldn’t resist including TOK Beauty, not only are all of their products clean, but their mascara is next-level and one of my all-time favourites! Plus, they are donating one mascara for every 4 purchased to Mamas for Mamas and The Covenant House!
Sohka is a Canadian-based and First Nations-owned beauty brand! I’ve heard that their Brow Shaper is better than the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze and it is a fraction of the price, I can’t wait to test it out! Also, they’ve partnered with one of my favourite Indigenous creators, Shayla Stonechild, on a Body Glow Oil. Plus, 10% of their profit goes towards our Sohka Women’s Fund Program, a business grant program created to help give back to the community!
4. Home Decor
If you didn’t already know, my mama is officially selling her art pieces on Etsy and I couldn’t be more proud of her! If you are looking for a last-minute gift she has 3 digital downloads available for purchase along with a physical canvas gicleé. Your support would mean the world to her (and I!), and I know she would be jumping for joy to receive a new order… I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes! 🥺
Ok, Madame de la Maison is a new find for me, but can we just talk about their table linens for a second… they are STUNNING! I am currently adding these linen napkins to my cart as a little holiday treat for me 😉
If you are in the market for new bedding, look no further than Maison Tess! I just got their linen duvet cover and their sheet set and I am loving them so far.
If you’ve been following me for a while you know that I LOVE Alchemy, a small business based in Kelowna! Not only do they have the best selection of home decor finds, but they also have gorgeous and delicate jewelry pieces, along with so many other great things.
You seriously can’t go wrong with pottery, not only is it a great gift for yourself but it such an amazing gift for the home decor lover! Red Clay Pottery Co. is another recent find (thanks again, Shayla!!) and I’m obsessed with all of her pieces! 😍
Another one of my recent favourite finds is Jungalow! Do me a favour and just take a look at their website and brand, it’s love at first sight for me! I’m not going to lie, I’ve spent a great deal of time on their page and some of my fave finds is this throw, this adorable planter and this pedestal bowl!
Candles are seriously one of my favourite items to gift! They can be so unique and personalized to anyone that you have on your list. A recent new find is Land of Daughters candles and I have my eye on this one for my girl gang!
5. The Jilly Academy Alumni Businesses
Iwona launched Cheerfetti Gift Co. in August 2020, which is an online boutique that features curated gift boxes! You can shop by occasion, theme, or style to find the perfect gift to spread cheer.
What started as a love for fashion, turned into a beautiful online women’s boutique filled with clothing and accessories. There is even a charity collection where a portion of each sale is donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association in Winnipeg and to a non-profit organization called Taking Charge!
These three sisters share a love of yoga and wanted to make an impact by teaching yoga to children and make it accessible to all. They offer Yoga movement cards for children, digital games, colouring books, and lesson plans all to support mindfulness and wellness!
Well, there you have it! Some of my favourite small shops to support this Black Friday and Cyber Monday! If you are looking for some more suggestions make sure to head on over to my favourite brand’s page or my Instagram Highlights.