Celebrate 12 Days of Starters, Nov. 24 through Dec. 5
CO.STARTERS celebrates starters this holiday season by urging everyone to shop small! Give the gift of small and shop local anywhere from the convenience of your couch while you leverage your holiday gift purchases to support starters and the communities they—and you!—call home.
Starting on Nov. 24, Small Business Saturday, we are highlighting one starter a day from our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide on our social channels. You can see a new starter every day on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Or check back right here, where featured starters will be added daily.
It was hard to select just twelve. In our first five years of CO.STARTERS national and global expansion, our member locations have supported thousands of starters. Each of the 80+ small business listed in the full Gift Guide represents an individual with an idea and a supportive community that helped them bring it to life.
This collection of our top picks represents the variety and ingenuity of the CO.STARTERS community, and gives just a small look at the people behind the products. We hope you will read through their websites and learn more about their stories as you purchase.
Happy shopping and sharing!
Watch this space and our social channels for #12daysofstarters, beginning Nov. 24 on Small Business Saturday!
Organic loose leaf artisan tea blends that are not only good for you but have gourmet taste. Lyndsay and Cameo Hoyle believe healing can take place in the body and the mind when special attention is placed on our everyday consumption. Supported by Opportunity Lynchburg, Lynchburg, Virginia
Because her child with Type 1 diabetes needed healthy granola bars, a mom created Benji Bars through trial and error, then decided to share them with her community and around the country. Supported by Nasha Lending, Greenville, South Carolina
Gift boxes for baby or mom+baby. Every gift comes with a prepaid return label, so you can send back used or outgrown baby clothing, which will be donated to families in need. We help parents lighten their load while giving back to a great cause. Supported by The Commons on Champa, Denver, Colorado
Crayons that are inclusive and easy to use for all! They were created to bring independence to little and big colorers alike, through an innovative gripping design. It gets better though. Not only do these crayons help develop fine motor skills in little ones, they are environmentally conscious in design! Supported by Innovation Collaborative in Erie, Pennsylvania
Unique, hand-painted shoes that help people transitioning out of homelessness. Reunion Shoe Company employs people who have experienced homelessness in New Orleans. Because the stories doesn’t end at housing—people with histories of homelessness often have a hard time finding jobs. Supported by Launch NOLA, New Orleans
Working from her home studio, Lisa Garner hand-dyes indigo textiles and accessories using patterns based on river rocks and wooden blocks to cassette tapes and laser-cut forms to create patterns on natural fibers. Supported by The CO, Jackson, Tennessee
African clothing for men and women, plus African-themed jewelry, shoes, belts, handbags, purses and other stylish accessories. This Australia-based company collaborates with African artisans, volunteers, and professionals. Kilimanjaro Krafts donates 50% of profits to development projects in Africa. Supported by the Aspin Group, Brisbane, Australia
This disposable CPR template can be placed over a child or adult who needs CPR, showing step-by-step instructions and hand placements, with a one-way valve mouth barrier. The idea for CPR Wrap was born when the founders son stopped breathing—she knew CPR but she froze. Supported by Launch Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Greeting cards, prints, and stickers celebrating our complicated relationships with cats. Everything starts with analog watercolor illustration, with a cat or two nearby. Cat People Press values caring for the environment, using the highest quality recycled materials and sustainable practices. Supported by Artlink, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Razors designed for easy maintenance, with handmade brushes and razor blades manufactured with high-grade stainless steel. Battle Brothers was born from the down-time quest for a good shave during military deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Supported by MVE Lab, Grand Rapids, Michigan