Vender(s) of the Week: Supporting our small retailers

Black Friday has kicked off the beginning of the seasonal shopping rush, as we all start the hunt for great deals and the perfect gifts for loved ones. So what better time to support local independent retailers and pick up something unique?

This week, we want to show our support to some smaller retailers who we think are pretty darn neat. If they’re nearby, why not pop in and see them this weekend, or check them out online? Either way, make sure you head down to your nearby high street and give your local retailers some love. After all, they might have just the thing you were looking for but could never find!


Raven + Lily (Austin, TX)

Raven + Lily is an ethical fashion and lifestyle brand in Austin, Texas, created to alleviate poverty among women. Raven + Lily helps employ 1,500+ women at fair trade wages to give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, health care, education, and a real chance to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. They’re supporting women across Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Guatemala, Malaysia, and many more. Plus, they have a gorgeous range of products. So you can feel as amazing as you look when you buy from their wonderful range. Let’s give some love to @ravenandlily.

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Village Juicery (Toronto, ON)

Made in Toronto, the Village Juicery provide raw, 100% organic, nutritionist approved and never HPP’d cold-pressed juice. Yum! They’re helping their community avoid nasty chemicals, bringing them raw, plant-based nutrition, and keeping their suppliers and charitable organizations that they support local. Hop on over to @villagejuicery during your shopping adventures for a delicious, nutritious, guilt-free boost.

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 4.13.27 pmMoods of Norway (Los Angeles, CA)

Moods of Norway blend their Norwegian heritage with international lifestyle, to make happy clothes for happy people. Plus, they’ve made their logo a waffle-maker, which we’re now seriously considering. They’ve been on the fashion dance floor since 2003, check out @moodsofnorway’s range online.

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 4.21.41 pmCurator (San Francisco, CA)

Curator is a clothing line designed in San Francisco by two best friends. They’re truly passionate about producing quality garments, and ‘life test’ all the garments in their line. They’ve developed strong relationships with their suppliers to ensure minimized waste, and use organic fabrics in their designs whenever possible. Stop by @curator_sf’s small shop in the Upper Noe district to say hello!

Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 4.28.48 pmWhichcraft Beer Store (Austin, TX)

Whichcraft Beer Store (@whichcraftatx) is Austin’s first specialty craft beer only retail store. If you love creative, crafty beer, then definitely check out their range, it could make a unique Christmas gift for a beer-loving family member.
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Kiss and Makeup (Vancouver, BC)

Always current and conscientious, @shopkissandmakeup is a haven for green beauty and fashion faves. Showcasing the best in A-list apothecary apparel and accessories from local gems to coveted international brands. The shop is based around a love of diamonds, champagne and sweatpants, or as they call it – ‘the sophisticated slouch’. If that sounds a bit like someone you know, you might want to pop in and have a look around!



About Ashley Gilgrist

Ashley looks after product marketing at Vend — working hard to bring exciting product launches to retailers around the globe. When she’s not busy talking all-things-Vend, Ashley also has a love of tea, candle-crafting, binge-watching, and hiking the pointy peaks of New Zealand.