Where Food Network Staffers Will Be Shopping on Small Business Saturday
Shop these local spots online from anywhere in the country!
We've always loved shopping local, and this year, small businesses need our support more than ever. Unique products and those purchased from local spots always make the best gifts, which is why Food Network staffers are eager to shop small and local whenever possible — and especially on Small Business Saturday. In the past, local spots were easiest to shop in-person, but if you're located in a pandemic hot spot or not living in-town right now, shopping online might be your best option. Many of these small business owners are agile and tech-savvy, and got an online shop up-and-running earlier this year.
We asked Food Network staffers to share their favorite small businesses to shop online this holiday season, so you can shop local no matter where you live. Keep in mind, these businesses may have leaner teams and fewer resources, so to guarantee holiday delivery (and to ensure your dollars make the biggest difference), shop early.
These small-batch vegan jams are handmade in Brookyn, NY and are the perfect gift to send to a loved one no matter where they live in the country. With one-of-a-kind flavors like Smoked Yellow Peach and Plum & Rose, I promise they're nothing like your average supermarket jam. For something special just for the holidays, check out the brand's Cranberry Raspberry Sage jam. I can't wait to put it on my Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich.
- T.K. Brady, Senior Editor
My current favorite small business is a family affair. My "baby" sister launched Starfall Candle Co on Etsy earlier this year but I’m not only a fan because I’m her sister. Her hand poured soy candles smell fantastic and have so many fun labels from the simple classic to the whimsical. After a big day of recipe testing at home, I love to light a candle and let the various cooking aromas of the day (sautéed onions for example) be replaced by something more desirable from woodsy white birch to cinnamon vanilla.
- Melissa Gaman, Recipe Developer
4 DOTS is an Ohio-based upcycled apparel business creating a variety of pieces with custom chainstitch embroidery. Each item ordered through the website is hand-made by the business owner herself, Mackenzie Fennell, using a vintage, hand-cranked embroidery machine; no digital or mass-produced garments here! The attention to detail makes each piece unique and perfectly special for gifting this holiday season. And don’t forget to check out the pet line, 4 DOTS 4 PAWS, for adorable and trendy pet accessories, such as bandanas and name tags, with the same personalized customization.
- Amanda Neal, Recipe Developer
Tucked away in the Hudson Valley of New York is a charming little woman- and family-run Bed and Breakfast. One of the owners is an amazing chef and has turned the inn into a food destination. She’s recently started selling some of her all-purpose spice blends and they’re a wonderful (and easy) way to make simple food instantly special. My favorite is Anna’s Balanced Blend-- savory, sweet, salty, sour and spicy—all-in-one. It’s great on roasted vegetables, any grilled meat or as a sprinkle on hummus or a dip.
- Leah Brickley, Senior Editor
No matter whether I’m there in July or December, a visit to my hometown is never complete without a trip to Roxbury General. My mom and I love to browse the unique items in this beautiful store, with its large display windows always filled with the season’s best picks. I’ve bought gifts for friends, the kids and even myself here. Pantry items, including local maple syrup and organic pancake mixes, sandalwood soap, and stationery sets are some of my favorite buys from this fun shop. Making even more online purchases than usual this year, I’m excited to know I’ll be able to get my usual fix of Catskills-made goods shipped right to me. I just realized I can make a wish list, too, which I definitely plan to send to my husband — and a "diamond" necklace is going right at the top.
- Meghan Hynes Cole, Associate Editor
I can NOT get enough of the cornbread madeleines from Cornbread26. The small New York City-based catering company is famous for their unique, namesake pastries and they come in so many flavors. My absolute favorite is the Orange. The treat brings together the comforting texture of cornbread; the delicate, joy-sparking shape of madeleines; and the bright flavor of fresh California and Navel oranges. It’s like sunshine in a bite.
The first time I ordered the madeleines, my boyfriend and I fought for 10 minutes over the last one. And since then, I’ve been so excited to ship and share these with friends for birthdays — and soon for the holiday season!
- Maggie Wong, Editor
I grew up under the impression that I wasn’t a huge peanut butter fan, but that all changed for me when I first tried PB Love Company’s Classic Crunchy, Salty Peanut and Classic Creamy peanut butters. The stone-ground, small-batch nut butters are packed with nothing but real ingredients and are good enough for me to devour a jar on my own in one sitting. They have expanded to include smooth and cinnamon almond butter options, and they even have bundles that are perfect for the holidays.
- Rachel Trujillo, Associate Content Editor
When tourism in Italy came to a halt this year, American expatriate and sommelier Coral Sisk pivoted her company from providing walking culinary tours in Tuscany to creating virtual lessons with Italian cooking, wine and cocktail experts, and curating boxes filled with delicious hand-picked foods. In addition to gift boxes dedicated to artisan cheeses, esoteric wines and Italian aperitivo snacks, for the holidays she created a special seasonal box that’s filled with festive treats from truffles to panettone studded with chocolate and pistachios. I’m especially enthusiastic about her specialty negroni and amari boxes that include booze that’s not available in the US, along with a virtual happy hour for learning the secret to shaking and stirring up perfect drinks — something many of us could use right now.
- Alessandra Bulow, Editor
My favorite gifts to give and receive come from Salt & Sundry, a Washington, D.C.-based lifestyle brand with two dreamy brick-and-mortar locations and a well-curated online shop. Run by my dear friend Amanda McClements, a food writer with impeccable taste, the shops stock small-scale home and kitchen products from around the world — with a focus on BIPOC and women makers — including aromatic teas, beautiful ceramics and fair-trade woven trivets from Uganda that are so pretty, you should probably hang them as decor, rather than shove them under blistering baking sheets.
- Erin Hartigan, Senior Managing Editor
I am addicted to the Nutella Stuffed Banana Bread and Blueberry White Chocolate Scones from The Hungry Gnome! Danielle Sepsy’s baked goods are truly the best I’ve tasted and I want to send them to my family members as edible gifts this year. They taste like they’re baked straight out of Danielle’s home kitchen!
- Gabriela Rodiles, Social Media Manager
My favorite small business is a goumet, online bakery based out of Brooklyn that understands my sweet and salty tooth: The Salty Heifer. It is the creation of Chef Iesha D Williams, who has done the rounds in the pastry departments of high end NYC restaurants. She offers everything from pies to cakes, and most importantly for me: an iconic chocolate chip cookie. If chocolate chip cookies aren’t your thing, let me point you to the witty cake and pie section where there are classics like: The Great Pumpkin...Maple Cake, Oye Dulce...de Leche Cheesecake, and a Bourbon Pecan Pie that has been calling my name for months. (For some visuals, head to their Instagram page.) I have never been much a of a baked goods sender, but this holiday season that will change because I can’t cook for my loved ones in person. If you’re in the same boat, I really hope you’ll support The Salty Heifer, your heart and belly will be glad you did.
- Larisa Alvarez, Supervising Culinary Producer
Turmeric lattes are my go-to whenever I need a little self-care. They smell incredible (I always add a pinch of cardamom) and are so soothing; perfect any time I need to pause and unwind. I’ve had my eye on this Superfood Latte Sampler set for a while now — I love that it comes with 12 single-serving sachets (4 turmeric, 4 cocoa turmeric and 4 matcha turmeric) so I can take everything I need for a latte with me when I’m on the go.
- Kristie Collado, Digital Programming Manager
I’m excited to give Brightland olive oils to my friends and family this year. Made from California olives (and without any fillers or anything artificial), these oils are great for cooking, drizzling and dipping. There are standard varieties on offer, but I’m eager to try the lemon and chili-flavored oils – I might just gift them to myself! Plus, the oils come in pretty, display-worthy bottles that also protect the contents from light.
- Lauren Piro, Editorial Director