In an effort to support small businesses in a time of mass consumerism and big box stores, Small Business Saturday was born. It’s the counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so here are a few of our favorite Southern shops to frequent this Saturday. There you’ll find local gifts and handmade products.
The Beehive, Atlanta, Georgia
Located at the Edgewood Retail District in Atlanta, The beehive is a local boutique that sells different items from makers from the region. It’s a great spot for unique souvenirs and gifts like clothing, tea towels, jewelry, and soaps. They also hold classes in sewing, jewelry, bath and body, and other crafts.
The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, Louisiana
The Agora Borealis in Shreveport is a similarly unique store, which sells artwork, soaps, jewelry and clothing with an emphasis on locally and Louisiana-made. It also serves as an art gallery for changing exhibits and they hold classes in soap making and working with essential oils.
Rala, Knoxville, Tennessee
Located in Knoxville’s Market Square area, Rala sells unique paper goods like prints and cards as well as gifts. Find hand-painted mugs, tea towels, and items with Knoxville pride and featuring Tennessee natives like Dolly Parton. You can even buy their products online!
Amelia, Oxford, Mississippi
Located off the main square in Oxford, Amelia is small but mighty. The cozy and curated shop sells your favorite cards from Rifle Paper Company as well as other creators. Look for city-related prints, pottery, cutting boards, and cocktail sets.
Oxford Exchange, Tampa, Florida
Oxford Exchange in Tampa is a shopper’s dream, featuring two stores in one, along with a restaurant and coffee shop. One side has a bookstore, with an emphasis on coffee table books, and the other with curated home decor pieces. Shop for luxury candles, gifts and more.