8 Handmade Happy Hour Vendors Explain Why You Should Shop Local

By Rikki Byrd
In Style

Handmade Happy Hour: Summer in the City unfolds on 13th and Washington tomorrow, bringing more than 50 local vendors and 1,500 shoppers who will shop, eat and dance their Friday nights away. We have curated some of the top vendors, musical acts, restaurants and more for a night dedicated to promoting and sustaining local talent and businesses.

Photo by ALIVE

Photo by ALIVE

While the excitement is primarily geared toward shopping, there is also an effort to raise more than $2,500 for the Coolfire Foundation with ticket sales from our VIP Lounge—featuring tastings by restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris and Lucas Park Grille and drink samples by Urban Chestnut and Pinnacle Vodka—going directly to the foundation. Although we have already outlined 10 reasons why there’s no better place to be than HHH Friday night, tomorrow’s vendors have also chimed in to share their thoughts on why shopping local is crucial to our city. Read on to find out what they had to say, and be sure to join us from 5-10pm tomorrow to support local businesses.

Rachel Shelton, Sew Good and Trendy:

“Shopping local supports all of us as a community!  It keeps our dollars here in St. Louis, helps to develop and encourage local creativity, and provides fabulous and fun event opportunities for both makers and shoppers!  Not to mention that buying handmade enables local shoppers to find some of the grooviest and most unique items to enjoy!        

Latonja Bailey-Flowers,  SahGOL Jewelry & Apparel Co.:

“I live to shop local because shopping local awakens our economy, and builds an artist community that helps our city to love, breathe and live more creatively.”

April Tate, Riley Construction Toys:

“Shopping local encourages local designers and gives them a platform for sharing their creative ideas. It helps attract other talented and creative entrepreneurs to our city.”

Kandy Pohrer, Hemptress Designs:

 “Local businesses offer unique, focused service and support because they are a part of the community and hold the same values as their customers.”

Uzma, Legacy Chutney:

“Shopping local is a great way to enjoy fresh products and support your community.”

Rebecca Pattan, The Hive:

“Shopping small is the best way of  building up and encouraging other creative and dedicated entrepreneurs and rebuilding small communities and burrows within the city. In the ever important (but can be lonely) age of technology and social media, creating fun and interesting gathering places also helps to create a more personal sense of community.  Encouraging everyone to shop locally creates jobs and adds considerable revenue into our local coffers. Without question small business is a win-win for everyone.”

Jill Windmiller, Off the Cuff:

“When I shop local not only am I helping support untapped talent but for my hard-earned money, my reward is a unique item I might not find elsewhere.  No S&H and I often get to meet the creator and special orders are welcome!”

Amanda Humbolt, eat. see. home. & Juxtapose Vintage:

“Supporting small business is important because it promotes a greater sense of community. Buyers and sellers love what they do and giving back to our city. It’s the little guys that make St. Louis great!”

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