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Wednesday, November 30

Small Business Saturday: An "After" Contest

Remember my post on encouraging participation in Small Business Saturday last week? I wanted to follow up and report.

After Thanksgiving Thursday, we had the unexpected treat of getting to leave Noah with his grandparents and aunts/uncle on Friday and Saturday when they invited him to linger and have an extended sleepover with them. So this ended up giving us a lot more freedom on Saturday to check out some small businesses to do a little Christmas shopping, just Lucy in tow. Joe was happy to tag along as well, and we made a morning of it.

Our first stop was actually to a shop I had wanted to feature, but didn't know the exact name of yet--- a brand-new fabric/sewing/amazing shop in Webster Groves called the Fabric Nosherie. For all your sewing types here in St. Louis, this is a MUST-SEE new shop. Lots of inspirations, great samples, gorgeous fabric, and a totally hip atmosphere. Our goal-- to let Joe get a gift card for part of my Christmas present. What better day than Small Business Saturday, right?

Happily, the Fabric Nosherie is just two doors down from Red Lead Paperworks, the first biz I featured the other day. We stopped in there as well, and I got a shadowbox thingy I've been needing for a couple of months now. Hooray! Another Small Business purchase!

We stopped by Oh Lolli Lolli to get some candy gifts.... And then we checked out another relatively new candy shop in STL that I didn't feature the other day, Miss M's Candy (reviewed here by the Riverfront Times).

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In all my small biz journeyings, I ended up picking up one goodie that I decided I needed to offer up on here as a giveaway--- just my last HURRAH in support of Small Business Saturday. Miss M's candy shop was having a great deal on M&M merchandise, and I picked up a cute little pink T-shirt and some candy to offer up to one lucky reader:

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The t-shirt is a women's large, in a "girl cut" (so a trim fit)... It is light pink and has printing only on the front. Also included in this gift bag is a 12 oz bag of holiday M&Ms, because who DOESN'T love M&Ms?!!

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To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a blog comment by Friday at noon (CST), and I'll pick a winner at random. 


Easy, right?

At the very least, even if this isn't YOUR style of gifty, there might be SOMEONE on your gift list who would enjoy these stocking stuffers! And hey--- it all goes back to supporting local-run businesses. And I love that! 

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Okay.... So the sun came out today, and the whole mood of the day was markedly improved because of it. I am out of yesterday's funk and GETTING STUFF DONE! Next up, now that blogging is complete, is to begin pondering a Christmas card design.

(Oh how I LOVE synchronized nap times! I hope these two kiddos continue to do this for me for many months to come. Ah!!)

22 comments:

  1. Loving your posts, Emily. Keep up all the great work you're doing...things will keep getting easier with two!

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  2. There's something about the green ones... ooh la la! Pick me!

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  3. Mmmmm and Mmmmm!! What a SWEET idea! Happy Holidays!

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  4. Chocolate? You know I'm in! :)

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  5. So nice of you! We did some small-business shopping last Saturday too. SO fun to get away from the big-box stores!

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  6. well I don't need the T-shirt, obviously, but I wouldn't turn down the candy ;)

    Meanwhile, thanks again for the fun weekend. (have I already said that?)

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  7. OOhhh Chocolate!! Yum! Thanks for the contest, great idea!

    Incidentally, M&M's are my guilty pleasure editing food :)

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  8. I am SO jealous of all the fun local business that you have in STL. Makes me with that St. Joe were more into that as a community. Ben and Viv both LOVE M&Ms too. :-)

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  9. Yo soy commento. Yo quiero candy y prizes.

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  10. Sorry about that horrible translation above. Steven just wants some candy. Me, too. I promise to share (but only the ones that fall on the floor, oooo k??)

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  11. I love the Fabric Nosherie! I took a family tree class there a few weeks ago. They have such great fabric!

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  12. You're right--who doesn't love M&Ms!

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  13. Yay for fun small businesses! And really synchronized naps are the best thing ever!!

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  14. I want in on this action!! I love the idea of Small Business Saturday- there are so many charming businesses out there trying to make their mark in the world- I love trying to support them as much as I can, and I'm glad you got to do that!

    (And may you have many years of synchronized napping! :)

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  15. Ok you know I can never say no to chocolate! And now I really want to check out that fabric store!

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  16. I just LOVE the work you do!!! Can't wait to have more reasons for you to do our pictures! :)

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  17. FUN! Cuuuuute, t-shirt! And yummy m&m's! I love reading your blog!

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  18. I love having frozen M&M's in the house. But they'd also be cute to put into a glass ornament and hang as decoration. :)

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  19. This is such a cute gift idea!


    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  21. MnM's...yum! My fave! Thanks for the contest : )

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  22. Great idea, I'm all for supporting small businesses, especially of the local variety.
    Yay for synchronised sleeping, long may it continue. Any chance you could send some of the sleepydust my way? I've a 3 month old who usually only has 2 x 20-30 minute naps daily....

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