With the ongoing global pandemic, many small businesses have taken a huge hit on their sales. According to the World Economic Forum, 34% of small businesses in the United States are closed compared to January 2020 (Ghosh). Owners of small businesses have suffered the most from COVID-19 relative to other industries (Ghosh). For the well-being of these businesses, as well as the overall economy, support should be given to these small companies. Here is a list of 5 amazing small businesses we can help support:
Hairitage by Mindy McKnight
Hairitage sells hair products and accessories of almost all types and genres you can think of, from shampoo to combs to scrunchies. Their products are extremely customizable; with the help of their Get the Look and Hair Regimen quizzes, you will find a list of items suitable to the styles you are interested in and the hair type you have.
Mindy McKnight also has a YouTube channel called cutegirlhairstyles, where she demonstrates how she styles her daughters’ hair using many of her own products.
Beddy’s sells bedding sets that make making beds extremely easy (wow, that almost sounds like a tongue twister!), especially for little kids. They are known mostly for their duvet covers that can be zipped up to bed sheets, making the lives of toddlers who still struggle with folding up blankets and university students with not enough time to make their beds in the morning much more convenient.
Beddy’s products come in a variety of styles, serving young boys and girls as well as adults.
If you are an iPhone user, Wildflower phone cases will probably be something you would be interested in checking out. Unlike the boring, conventional clear cases found in usual stores, Wildflower offers phone cases with cute and aesthetic designs. From chevron to checkerboard patterns, from doodles of teddy bears and celestial signs to sketches of each astrological sign, Wildflower cases help make phones stand out in a creative and aesthetic way.
Art With Flo
Interested in drawing digitally? Downloaded Procreate on your new iPad but have no clue how to use it? If you answered yes to any of the two questions above, you should look into the online store Art with Flo. This artist (named Flo) sells many creative brush sets and color palettes that can be directly downloaded to the software Procreate. Some of the brushes she creates are in the shapes of objects that take hours to draw if you were to start from scratch; imagine having brushes with tips already in the shape of figures you desire to create! With a swipe of your pen on your device, a row of pine trees is drawn.
Flo also has a YouTube channel under the same name, where she posts How-To tutorials on drawings.
This is another shop that makes ordinary products stand out from the crowd. Many of us wear white athletic shoes similar to the Nike Air Forces; Drip Creationz offers these same shoes, but with unique drawings on them. Doodles of reflective butterflies and lightning as well as prints of cheetah patterns and cherry blossoms will make plain white sneakers look a lot more exciting. It is great to hop on the bandwagon and wear trendy Air Force just like your friends, but wouldn’t it be even cooler to have a pair with cute drawings on them unparalleled to anyone else?
Websites to stores mentioned above:
Hairitage by Mindy McKnight:
Wildflower phone cases: https://www.wildflowercases.com/collections/wildflower-iphone-12-12-pro-cases
Art With Flo Procreate brushes and palettes:
Drip Creationz shoes with drawings:
Ghosh, Iman. “34% Of America’s Small Businesses Are Still Closed Due to COVID-19. Here’s Why It Matters.” World Economic Forum, 2021, www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/05/america-united-states-covid-small-businesses-economics/.