In case you haven’t noticed holiday decorations take over every shopping store in sight, I’m here to tell you that the holiday season is in full swing! This is my favorite time of the year. Everything seems so cozy, happy, and full of love. One thing that also makes me feel cozy, happy and full of love, is supporting my community. This year, I have decided to only buy gifts that do just that. Buying locally means that you support the people you see everyday, you make connections with your neighbors, and you build relationships. Did you know that “for every $100 spent at a chain store, an average of $14 is reinvested in the community. For every $100 spent at a local store, an average of $45 is reinvested in the community.” (Lowcountry Local First) Isn’t that incredible?
At Charleston Moms Blog, we want to give back to the community while supporting all of our hard-working mamas trying to build their businesses. Here is a list of some of our favorite Charleston-Based/Mama-Based businesses that we love. If you are looking to shop locally this holiday season, this list is a great place to get you started!
We love our direct consultants too! Don’t forget to check out our Guide to Direct Consultants for more shopping ideas!
*Disclaimer: Please note that we have not personally vetted each and every business listed here.
Clothing & Jewelry
“I’m a stay-at-home-mother of three and my business idea was born when my youngest and only boy needed a belt and we coldn’t find one that fit our style AND price range! Dapper Duc (sonds like Duke, looks like Duck) was born and we’ve been helping discerning Moms accessorize their dapper darlings since.”
Gorgeous handmade pieces, local in Mt.P. Original designs using semi-precious stones, vintage findings, handmade tassels and even sweetgrass weavings.
Home Improvement & Decor
ADORE YOUR DOOR
COASTAL PALLET ART OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Custom wood signs, reclaimed creations, furniture refinishing and bringing old back to new using mostly, if not all, recycled materials!
HEARTWOOD CREATIVE CO.
“We are a mom & pop Etsy shop specializing in custom hand painted wood signs in various styles. We offer pallet signs and wood signs.”
“Local & custom handmade sentimental gifts and seasonal decor. Craft enthusiast, DIYer, hectic mom of three girls.”
WOOD IT BE TREE SERVICES
“Locally owned and operated. We take care of your tree needs. Trimming away from roof lines, garages, proches, driveways. Removal of dead or dangerous brances. Removal of trees and bushes.”
Health & Fitness
GO FOR IT HEALTH
Certified personal trainer available for one-on-one and group workouts, specializing in weight loss, nutrition, and general health and fitness in the Summerville area.
THE HEALTHY BUMP
“We offer customized wellness programs for both pre & postnatal women including, but not limited to, personal training/personal yoga/in home fitness/small group fitness classes/stroller based workouts.”
MS. KAIT’S SWIM LESSONS
“Knowing how to swim is a vital skill when living in the Lowcountry! I am a CPR and ACSM Exercise Physiologist certified mom who offers private swim lessons to my local community, primarily in North Mount Pleasant, from April to October.”
NICHOLL SUMMERS FAMILY YOGA
Summers Family Yoga offers yoga classes for the entire family! Nicholl Summers is a 200 hr certified yoga teacher, as well as a certified Kidding Around Yoga teacher. Class options include hatha yoga, babywearing yoga, toddler yoga, preschool yoga, and KARMA classes by donation to charity. Private group classes are available as well.
🔹USAT Triathlon Team & Coaching for youth 7-14yo & High Schoolers in the greater Charleston, SC area. Certified USAT Youth/Junior and Level I coach
THE HEALING ARTS CENTER
“We are master massage therapists, energy workers, and have local products for sale + much, much more.”
KATIE ASHLEY LOVE
SHH was founded by Certified Life Coach for Mamas, Gervase Kolmos, with the mission of helping mamas take care of themselves, ask for what they need and get what they want in both business and mom life.
“I am a new mama and have been married to my husband, Kirk, for 2 years. I’ve always been interested in nontoxic living and grew up on a small farm in Georgia. My idea for Mylkbar came about after I grew tired of going to traditional nail salons and being effected by the fumes. Mylk Bar is a place where anybody can feel safe while getting pretty & relaxed! We have a lot of moms and pregnant women who come to our studio as they know it’s the safest option and a fume-free guarantee!”
“I am a certified exercise physiologist and health coach, and I created Set-Point Wellness in effort to help women learn to love their bodies and value their health in a world filled with constant overwhelm and competing messages. By living in alignment with our values and with an understanding of balance, we will unlock the ability to live our healthiest and most fulfilling lives!”
SWEET EMOTIONS HAIR & MAKEUP STUDIO
“I am a hairstylist of 15 years juggling building my business and my 2 growing boys! I am excited to be back at work and growing my business after taking 5 years off to stay at home with my babies.”
BLO BLOW DRY BAR
“At Blo, you won’t find cuts or color — our team here does one thing, and we do it very well. You can be sure that our bloers will deliver by smoothing and sculpting your tresses into runway ready locks in no time!”
“I offer editing services, from the beginning of the process with developmental editing, through to the end, with proofreading and index writing.”
POST NO BILLS
Doreen Sullivan is a a mom and entrepreneur who has worked with everyone from Disney, ESPN and Dreamworks, Melissa Ethridge to Paramount, the Olympics to local businesses in town. She’s been in business for 30 years and loves helping other women build their businesses.
S.C. COASTAL ACCOUNTING AND CONSULTING LLC
“We offer accounting solutions specifically designed for small business. We are a boutique financial service form providing smart, sensible solutions for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Whether you’re starting from scratch or cleaning up before tax season, our team is adept at packaging and providing simple solutions to suit all of your accounting needs.”
CHANDLER BY DESIGN
Amber Chandler, owner of Chandler by Design, has just released her debut children’s book, Why Did You Make Mosquitos? The book shows a realistic conversation between a child and God and teaches everyone that God hears us. Amber is also a contributor for Charleston Moms Blog!
THE LOLLIE TREE
Whitney McDuff, a contributor for Charleston Moms Blog, has written a childrens book called The Lollie Tree. “A story of love and the magic that happens when we have the courage to conquer our fears, is a heartwarming tale for every child who looks to Their parent for strength, and for every parent who looks to Their child for wonder. A perfect bedtime story for the whole family.” You can find details on The Lollie Tree’s holiday release at www.TheLollieTree.com
For The Home
After feeling the incredible relief of de-cluttering her own home, Amy decided she wanted to share her new found joy with other mamas and created de-cluttered to help families live a simple and happy life.
ATKINSON POOLS & SPAS
“We are small local business that’s been here for 34 years!”
Food & Beverage
Pluff cakes offers baked goods that are carefully created to always be free of dairy, soy, and corn. They offer gluten free and vegan options, as well as unique flavor combinations and help their customers customize their orders.
WHITE LEAF PROVISIONS
YOUR HAPPY NEST NANNY & BABYSITTING AGENCY
“Your Happy Nest Nanny & Babysitting Agency is a boutique nanny placement agency specializing in long term nanny placements, date night sitters, special event sitters and newborn night care. All of our sitters are experienced caregivers and fully vetted by the agency. As moms ourselves, we understand the level of comfort and care needed to allow parents to enjoy a night out or go to work and know their children are in good hands! We are offering gift certificates for the holidays. Please email [email protected] for more info.”
“I teach manners and etiquette classes through art and theatre to children. I LOVE what I do and my goal is to make learning manners FUN! I am also a mother to two girls, Molly and Goldie, and of course, Olive, my dog!”
NATALIE ALLGYER PHOTOGRAPHY
“I am a Charleston based photographer specializing in family, advertising/print, and fine art photography. Local Charleston prints are available for sale on my website.”
Wedding invitations/save the dates
“I am a Marriage and Family Therapist. I provide therapy services to couples, families, and individuals as they work to manage any current struggles they are being faced with.”
PARTY BOX DESIGN
“Party Box Design is a little dream that became a reality, a place where you can shop and your purchase matters. Children’s parties, holiday cards, printables and more.”