'Tis the season! It's been a crazy/busy year, so please reward yourself + your loved ones with special gifts from these Central Florida based businesses.
Local Love Orlando
Orlando-inspired products that celebrate The City Beautiful. My heart is so in love with the Orlando Map Print that features The City Beautiful and its downtown neighborhoods. Local Love Orlando also collaborates with local vendors such as Mama's Sauce and Real Threads to create these beautiful pieces. Tip: FREE SHIPPING until Sunday, 12/18.
Ananda Natural Soy Candle Company
Hand-poured, small batch soy candles made with natural ingredients that offer a long-lasting fragrance. These candles can be found at Disney Springs, various local farmers market (Oviedo + Maitland + Windermere), and pop-up events at select retail stores (West Elm + Pottery Barn + Inbloom Florist). I fell in love with the "Spirit of Christmas" (Holiday Collection) and Lavender & Chamomile (Herbal Aromatherapy Collection) soy candles. Tip: Refills are only $10!
Want to show your city pride? Orlando Shirts has an awesome line of locally designed and printed apparel. Orlando Shirts started as a collaboration between Go Big Tees & Bungalower. For the enthusiastic resident, it can be hard to choose from the variety of neighborhood t-shirts! Tip: FREE SHIPPING on orders with code "HAPPYHOLIDAYS".
Secret Society Goods
Secret Society Goods creates utilitarian goods featuring original "occult-y" artwork. I read about the new Orlando Maker via The Daily City in the beginning of the year and had to get my hands on the limited edition Orlando Campfire Patch. During the launch of Secret Society Goods, I got a chance to meet with Sean Walsh (Founder) and was inspired by how his passion for designing + creating turned into a reality with the start-up of his company. You can find these goods at special local events and occasional pop-up shops (Etoile Boutique + The Guesthouse).
To You Snacks
I recently discovered a new healthy and simple snack option in town. The snack bars are gluten free and made fresh with no preservatives and premium ingredients. These bars really came in handy when I was running short on time..trying to make it to the next business meeting or meeting deadlines for school. The bars were soft + easy to chew, and also full of flavor. Banana foster, mango yogurt, peanut butter cranberry, pina colada, raspberry lemon..the creative mix of options are endless. There's also vegan-friendly options too! Tip: 15% OFF on orders with code "TYIG".
Deux Mains Design/REBUILD Globally
Ethical fashion and footwear that turns poverty into prosperity. REBUILD globally, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is part of a social business ecosystem that exists to create a sustainable business and training for jobs that allow women and men to earn a living wage. As a response to the disaster of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Deux Mains was established to rebuild lives through the art of shoe-making. The products are handcrafted by Haitian craftsmen and women using up-cycled tires and locally sourced leather. The best part about Deux Mains is that the company is employee-owned to ensure local ownership and continued support of the Haitian economy. Tip: Sign up for the newsletter and receive a coupon for 10% OFF your order.