I learned a lot about how small businesses affect communities when my local scrapbook store, of which I was an employee, closed this summer. I was so surprised to see how some customers made the store their home, how they connected with the employees, and how devastated they were to see it go. Small businesses truly are the lifeblood of our communities! That's why I'm so thrilled that this Saturday American Express is honoring the small businesses that bring so much to local economies. And that's why I want to tell you about one of my favorite local businesses.
I stumbled upon it while antique shopping in the quaint town of Snohomish with my in-laws several years ago. I felt like I had discovered a precious stone--that's how amazing this store is. The shop is called Joyworks, and it is a little bit vintage, a little bit handmade, and all style. Home decor, gifts, and clothing and accessories that really make you feel special. Because they're different, they're chic, and you can't get them just anywhere. And a lot of that is because the owner, Jana, has such great taste! She and her staff really know how to pull different items together to not only give you great decorating ideas, but to make you need them. It's a little bit mean, really. I want it all!
Did I mention I need this jacket?
If you're in the Seattle-Everett area, you really need to check out Joyworks. I guarantee you'll find great Christmas gifts, neighbor gifts, and holiday party-wear. If you're not as lucky as us to be so near this amazing shop, please spend some time patronizing your local small businesses this holiday season, and especially on Saturday, November 27. Because they're working hard to get our economies back on track. And be sure to "Like" Small Business Saturday on Facebook to help support local stores across the country! You could win a statement credit on your AMEX!
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