Shop small for the holidays

As much as I love the convenience of shopping online, I love to support local artisans and small independent business owners. Some have storefronts, studios, are web based or by appointment only.

What are my favorite things?

Unique jewelry, handcrafted anything, rustic wood items, a relaxing massage, a reiki session that makes me feel like I’m floating on a cloud, a cleansing facial. Here are a few of my favorites.

Favorite Things

Mandato Jewelry Designs
Heidi Mandato is the owner and designer of Mandato Jewelry Designs. She creates one of a kind, handmade jewelry in the Hudson Valley. Heidi uses only real metals and gemstones and when possible uses recycled materials as well. Her work can be found on Instagram, Facebook as well as going to

Blissopia Handcrafted Eco-Friendly Furniture
Blissopia’s Dylan Akinrele and Monika Vokoun hand choose only the finest eco-friendly yet durable ingredients to hand craft beautiful pieces of furniture while reducing waste in our environments & landfills. Each piece is uniquely designed and finished based on its characteristics and the desires of our customers.

Adrienne Butvinik creates beautiful, luxurious, wearable, affordable hand dyed silk works of art. It’s warm in the winter, cool in the summer and easy to care for.

Westtown Cabinet Works
Robert McGrogan fashions rustic centerpieces, small and large cupboards, sideboards, shelves, tables and anything else you can dream up. All pieces are made from recycled onion crates and assorted barn wood. Very reasonable prices for well made, handcrafted items. 973-255-8607

Self Care Services
Let’s face it; many of us put ourselves last on the list. If your loved one takes care of everyone but themselves, a gift certificate for a day of beauty or self care will have more impact than another tie or sweater.

Linda J’s Skincare
Linda Johnston is certified to formulate her own skincare and custom blended makeup products. Linda’s passion for nourishing healthy skin with products that are natural and organic will be taken to a new level creating skincare specific to her clients. Call or text Linda directly at 845-629-9698 to schedule a consultation or an appointment for a facial.

The Reiki Bar
Take a shot of healing with Anthony Sims. Reiki is a natural relaxation technique that activates healing on all levels of wellbeing. Relax, let go and feel at your best. Reiki Bar offers an array of customized holistic healing services.
120 Sullivan Street #5, Wurtsboro, NY 12790  | 425-245-4101  | By appointment only

Armin Weis Massage Clinic
Massage and Bodywork is stress reducing, relaxing, stretching, pain relieving muscle kneading.
138 Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924 |  845-381-0015

Create memories by giving the gift of tickets to see a show. Broadway is wonderful but there are many local theaters that put on outstanding performances. Dinner and a show won’t break the bank if you keep it local with so many wonderful restaurants in the Hudson Valley to wine and dine.

As we make our way through the most wonderful, hectic time of year, consider seeking out small local businesses.