Small Shops, Big Hearts {Introduction}.

Ladies and gents, I’m really excited. You might even say straight up giddy!

While I’ve been pursuing my dreams I’ve come across so many touching stories of small shop/business owners. The dreams, hopes, and wishes poured in behind each handcrafted good inspires me.

This inspiration slowly evolved into an idea for a new feature on this blog: Small Shops, Big Hearts. I’d love if you took a moment to hear about this feature, and maybe even take part!

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What is Small Shops, Big Hearts?
Small Shops, Big Hearts offers an inside look to small shops/businesses and shares the tales behind the shop. I’m extremely passionate about sustainability and supporting handmade/local to you/from scratch goods. As I’ve been pursuing my dreams of becoming a farmer and homesteader, I’ve been inspired by others who have followed their dreams and would love to share their tales.

How does Small Shops, Big Hearts work?
Small Shops, Big Hearts will introduce your shop/small business to my readers on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for 1 week. Throughout the week, I will either link your shop, share a tidbit of your tale, or link one of your products to help you grow your dreams.

At the end of each month, I will publish a post on the blog to discuss the 4-5 shop owners featured over the month. The post will share more of your tale, a graphic link to your shop, and my favorite item from your shop.

What types of shops/businesses can be featured?
Any type! Whether you sell kites by the beach side or paint masterpieces of landscape, I’d love to help share your dreams and shop. The only thing I ask is that your shop/business is your own, not one you consult for (Avon, Thirty One, etc.)

How much does the feature cost?
Small Shops, Big Hearts is free in honor of all the hard work, time, and money it takes to be a small shop/business owner.

How do I get involved?
Simply send me an email to let me know you’re interested! Or, if you have a friend/loved one who is a small shop/business owner and you believe they would like this opportunity, let me know and I’ll reach out to them.

{Keep your eyes peeled for this feature to start on my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on May 1st!}

27 responses to “Small Shops, Big Hearts {Introduction}.

  1. What a great idea! Can’t wait to check out some awesome new shops. 🙂

  2. What a wonderful idea!

  3. I love this idea. I’ve been in small business and come from a long line of small business owners. It’s a lifestyle and a healthy way of being part of the community.

    • Thank you so much, Luanne! What type of small business have you worked in? I have so much respect for people who run small businesses and work for them. It helps make the community stronger 🙂

      • I owned a luggage and gift shop for years, both before and while I was in grad school in Michigan. I found out retailing in the family goes back many generations in Holland when I did some genealogy research.

  4. LOVE this idea! We’re hoping to open a small shop sometime soon (like, 2 year plan) and I share the same love you have for local goods. Thanks for sharing all the love and I can’t wait to see who you feature!

  5. what a great idea, Caitlin, you are paying it forward in a wonderful way, I feel certain your homesteading dreams will be reality soon!

    • Thank you, Jenna! I love paying it forward in any way I can. It helps so much when you’re dreaming by yourself, and suddenly have support from others you didn’t even know about. I’m hoping this feature will help small business owners 🙂

      And thank you so much for your kindness about my dreams. Hoping the farm, homestead, and all the agriculture adventures are not too far in my future.

  6. This sounds like a great idea! I’m looking forward to seeing somebody our featured shops!

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  8. I love this! Such a great idea 🙂

    I came by to let you know I nominated you for a Liebster Award! If you don’t want to do it that’s totally cool, I just thought it was a fun little thing so I passed it along 🙂 If you’re interested, my post about it is right here:

  9. This sounds like it is going to be a lovely feature. Small shops really need as much support as they can get, especially without the budgets that more established brands have for advertising. I’ll look forward to it 🙂

  10. I LOVE this!!! And I’m so looking forward to finding new artisans / store owners to purchase from.

  11. I went back in Bloglovin’ to find this post!!! I LOVE this idea so, so much and can’t wait to follow along!!

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