Now in its 10th year, Small Business Saturday was created to encourage shoppers to support local businesses during one of the busiest holiday shopping weekends. Over the years, it has become a shopping tradition and part of the larger Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses throughout the year.
At Baby Ventures™, we wholeheartedly believe that shopping small means more than just supporting local businesses. It helps communities thrive. Over the past three and a half years, we have had the privilege of working with 50+ indie bookstores, specialty shops and toy stores, and have witnessed their commitment to community and willingness to support those in need.
Located in Frederick, MD, the Curious Iguana is a wonderful indie bookstore that has been a community staple for years. As a gathering spot for locals and tourists alike, they host book readings, story times for the kids and an array of book clubs to bring book lovers together to discuss great reads. In addition, the owners are committed to helping organizations in their community and beyond by donating a portion of their sales to local schools and non-profit organizations making a difference.
And over the past months, we have seen firsthand the generosity of our local retailers. In May, we had the honor of traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico to host story time for pre-K through first grade students at Escuela Inés María Mendoza, a “receptor” school that took in additional students whose local schools were destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Now serving many more students, the school library is in need of more books to bolster its circulation and we hosted a donation drive to gather books for the library.
In the true sense of what it means to be community-minded bookstores, two of our long-time retailers in Washington, DC – East City Bookshop and Loyalty Bookstore – eagerly took the opportunity to set up book donations drives at their stores to benefit Inés María Mendoza. The staff and customers at both indie bookstores were invaluable to our collection efforts in the lead up to our trip to San Juan.
And just recently, the wonderful staff at Walls of Books hosted a donation drive to help us collect books and school supplies for Puerto Rico Rise Up’s annual Caravana NaviDAR, a very special dinner and educational gift-giving event serving over 500 children in orphanages throughout Puerto Rico.
Independent bookstores are not just a local business, they are a staple of the community that bring people together to learn, share in the love of books and help communities thrive.
Where can you find Baby Ventures products? Visit our wonderful indie retailers across the country to support local shops in your community!
No Baby Ventures yet at your favorite book or gift shop? Let us know! We’ll do our best to venture into your neighborhood store. Until then, you can always find all our products on our website (we’re a small business too!), where you can save 20% now through December 20th by using the coupon code WELOVEBOOKS at checkout.
Happy shopping! #ShopSmall