I will be out shopping tomorrow, but not at the usual big box stores. This year, all my Christmas gifts will be handmade or purchased from local stores. Toys? There is a fantastic local toy store that specializes in things that encourage creativity and exploration instead of being plastered with some TV character. My husband's gift will come from the local hardware store. Even if I get things online, I will still buy from small businesses.
Because when I support small businesses I know that my money is going directly to support someone with a dream. Small business owners generally aren't out to make millions, we are simply out to make ends meet. We like the challenge that being an entrepreneur presents, even though the long hours and seemingly endless list of things to do can be draining. When we pursue our dreams, we take a big leap of faith trusting that the next dip in the economy won't send our families into ruin. So I support these risk-takers, hoping that my little contribution will help keep their head above water.
When you purchase from BravoBella, you are not buying from a big chain fabric store whose employees may not even sew. I have sewn my entire life, and you are supporting my love of a craft that was passed to me from my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. You are supporting my dream to have a flexible enough schedule that I can drop off and pick up my son from preschool (and pay his tuition as well!). And you are supporting my dream of giving back - I was given a gift of understanding fit and bra design and BravoBella is my way of giving that gift back to the world and helping women feel more comfortable and beautiful than they thought possible.
So I hope that as you do your holiday shopping this year, you remember me and all the small businesses that you come in contact with. Let us help you bring a smile to a loved one, while helping us bring smiles to our loved ones, too.
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