Since becoming a small business owner myself this past year, I have learned and continue to learn hard lessons about the ups and downs of running your own small business. There have been challenges and disappointments, but there has also been happy surprises and unexpected encouragement from so many people. I certainly don't have it all figured out, but it's a fun process and one that I would encourage many people to start if they are considering it. By seeing this side of the handmade marketplace, I want to do my part to support other small business so that I can pay it forward and allow others who may have contemplated the idea of starting a small gig or business on the side are swayed by the success, confidence, and fulfillment that comes with owning a small business and connecting with the community around it.
So, shop local or small small today if you can as part of Small Business Saturday. For those in the western metro Detroit area, take a few hours to stop into Downtown Plymouth today to check out the numerous small shops and boutiques. There's everything from men's and women's clothing stores to repurposed home decor stores to tea and bread shops.
As a small plug for Lina and Vi, remember to stop into Birch Wood to check out the Grounds totes on display for sale or stop into our Etsy shop to shop online.