How to Shop Home Goods This Small Business Saturday

We’re here to help you shop local this holiday season.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is Nov. 28 and this year, keeping your dollars local has never had a bigger impact. Created by American Express, this shopping holiday encourages people to shop small businesses after – or in lieu of – the big-box retailers on Black Friday. All of these items have been carefully curated by local shop owners and sourced from around the world to bring a bit of luxury and style into your home. So get your credit card ready, and get your giftin’ on this Saturday!

1. URSA

2534 S. KINNICKINNIC AVE. 

A salt or pepper mill  is a staple for every kitchen so why not look at something with such natural beauty?  These Olive Wood mills from URSA ($30/each) will also dress up any dining table.

Olive Wood salt and pepper mills. Courtesy of URSA.

This recycled green glassware is hand blown in Morocco. Glasses ($8/each) and pitcher ($34) have a vintage vibe, but modern shape. Whip up a pitcher of margaritas and day-dream of the summer days ahead when we’ll all think 2020 was just a nightmare.

Hand-blown glassware and pitcher. Courtesy of URSA.

URSA is open daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or  online. They are now offering local delivery every Tuesday and Friday.

2. Orange & Blue Co. 

1809 N. HUBBARD ST. 

Want to gift something way cooler than a candle this year? Try the FLÎKR Fire ($95) from Orange & Blue Co. This mini (5×4.5”) cement fire pit for your home runs on isopropyl rubbing alcohol and is safe for cooking.  Indoor s’mores, anyone?

Flickr fire. Courtesy of Orange & Blue Co.

Local artist Janelle Gramling hand makes these minimal, matte ceramic candle holders ($60) that fit traditional tapers, including this beeswax taper candle set.

Ceramic candle holders. Courtesy of Orange and Blue Co.

Currently, Orange & Blue Co. is only open for online shopping, but does offer local pick up from the adjacent Uncle Wolfie’s Breakfast Tavern. They do also ship anywhere in the U.S. and for free on orders of $50 or more.

3. The Workroom Shorewood

4508 N. OAKLAND AVE. 

This classic, rectangular, gold bar cart ($355) will match any modern or vintage space and neatly organize all the bottles you’ve been relying on to get you through this pandemic. Available at the The Workroom Shorewood.

Gold bar cart. Courtesy of The Workroom Shorewood.

Maybe it’s time to add a bit of class to your makeshift, at-home office with this metal LED gold lamp with glass shade  ($184), also from the Workroom – just in case you aren’t going back to the office any time soon.

Gold lamp with glass shade. Courtesy of The Workroom Shorewood.

4. The Home Market 

309 N. WATER ST. 

A one-of-a-kind vintage Turkish rug will warm up any room with texture and a bold pattern. Available at The Home Market

Turkish Rugs. Courtesy of The Home Market.

The Home Market’s pine breadboards ($125-150) are handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. Handpicked by founder Kate Kazlo, these unique pieces are great for kitchen decor, or a stylish way to serve your favorite charcuterie spread.

5. MOD GEN 

211 N. BROADWAY

Add an extra layer of warmth with these neutral cotton throw blankets ($44) from MOD GEN that will match any decor. They are currently 40 percent off through Small Business Saturday.

Plants are the perfect way to add a little life to your home when you’re stuck inside. Mix and match any plants in these assorted metallic, ceramic planters in geometric shapes ($15.99-$21.99).

MOD GEN is offering curbside pick up Tuesday 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m., as well as virtual shopping by scheduling an appointment. In-store shopping is available Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.