The biggest joy I have in my job is helping small businesses! Small businesses are the backbone of the US economy and when you shop local, you keep your money local where it’s likely going to be used on other local businesses, strengthening the local economy! Although we do have clients out of state and in other countries, Zebralove Web Solutions is based in Southern Maine and we do business primarily in this area.
This year I want to highlight a few great local Maine clients who have goods and services that would make wonderful gifts for the holidays!
Found in Maine is a beautiful shop in downtown Kennebunk that specializes in Maine made gifts so you are definitely helping the local economy when you shop at Found! Pamela sources pottery, jewelry, handbags, apparel and the most adorable baby cloths and accessories from local Maine artists. Next time you are in Kennebunk you should definitely experience the shop in person, but if you are too busy to take the trip down before the holidays, you can shop online at the website!
Casco Bay Caramels sells delicious handmade salted caramels! A must have for your stocking stuffers. Available online on their website.
Craft Estetica is such a cool place! In addition to offering spa snd skin care services, they have a state of the art Himalayan Salt Room that is wonderful for all kinds of health and respiratory conditions. A gift certificate to Craft Estetica is a great choice for that person who wants an experience as opposed to a physical gift!
Sometimes the best gifts are practical! We recently had the pleasure of helping one of our clients publish her first ebook in a series about old house restoration. The book is The Old House Handbook: How to Plaster and is the perfect gift for anyone who owns an older home. This book will teach you how to address numerous plaster renovation topics including analyzing plaster problems and how to fix them, mixing plaster and developing your technique, and step-by-step instructions for crack repair and patching.
This is actually my side hustle, pottery business. It’s a thing I do in my spare time to release stress and decompress. I had been selling a lot online primarily on Etsy, but this year I redid my website so I can sell exclusively there instead. Sites like Etsy are great but selling on your own site has a lot less fees, plus it’s way better for branding! I’ll be adding new product every day in preparation for Small Business Saturday. Use the coupon code HAPPYHOLIDAYS2018 for an extra 10% off!
When you purchase electronics this holiday season, Keep Downeast Audio Video in mind. They sell all the hot products like…
The best part is that they will also install it for you! https://www.downeastaudiovideo.com/
I think the best thing about these businesses is that you can shop local but also shop online. Let’s face it, shopping online is just awesome! It really takes the hassle out of holiday shopping by allowing to do it at your house in your pajamas. Being able to shop locally online is a win win! Please keep these businesses in mind this holiday season!
Milly Welsh is the owner of Zebralove Web Solutions. She’s a big nerd but also enjoys art, making pottery, her 3 children and gardening.