Small Business Saturday didn’t end Saturday

The turkey has been eaten, the sweatpants have been worn, and the Christmas tree is up. Now it’s time for the important question: What are you buying for Christmas? 

We had Small Business Saturday this past weekend, but just because we had a special day of shopping small doesn’t mean that viable local options aren’t available throughout the holiday season. 

In slight anxiety of letting my loved ones know what they’re getting in advance, I wanted to share some of the gifts that my friends and family will find under the tree this year. 

Art. We have so many talented artists in the area that it would be a shame to try to mention all of them. However, this year, I am focusing on two artists in particular: Chelse White with Haven Oak Designs (@havenoakdesigns on Instagram) and Callan Thornton (@callanrayne on Instagram). Chelsea is a friend of mine who is working on sharing her talent with the community, and Callan is the daughter of friends of ours who is majoring studio art at Louisiana Tech. Many of their creations are in the $10-25 range and include small canvases, ornaments and more. 

Candles. I burn candles regularly. I LOVE candles. But I also would rather support a small business than a big chain store. Luckily, we have several businesses in downtown Ruston and at the weekly Farmers Market that sell candles. And don’t think that candles are only sold at boutiques; a month or two ago, I found local candles for sale The Limitless Grooming Lounge, located at 206 N. Trenton St. Feel free to browse in our downtown area. 

Salsa and hot sauce. I have to hand it down to Fuego Dulce Sauces for salsa and hot sauce. They have some of the best hot sauce I have ever tried, and I am picky about my hot sauce. My motto basically is if I’m not sweating at the first taste, it’s not hot enough. Fuego Dulce – if you have a foodie to shop for, visit John at Farmers Market. 

Gift certificates. Don’t think that a gift certificate is only for chain stores and restaurants! Many of our local businesses offer them too – and often with competitive sales! Common Goods coffee shop, for instance, is offering an extra free gift certificate for every $25 purchased. That sounds like you’re getting some coffee for Christmas – and I am too! 

And while I would like to name more, I’m just getting started with my Christmas shopping, but I’m so excited about our local options. 

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