A Short Guide to Shopping Local for the Holidays
Thanksgiving is now so close you can practically smell the turkey already—which means the final hurdle between you and the holiday shopping season will soon be cleared. Celebrate Black Friday if you wish, but plenty of local businesses would be great to keep in mind for Small Business Saturday (or the rest of the year). We’ve rounded up a few.
Gifts for Men
Utah Woolen Mills (utahwoolenmills.com)
With 110 years of business under its belt, Utah Woolen Mills has made itself a staple of Utah’s retail landscape with a legacy of custom suits and sport coats, as well as women’s fashion and luxury goods.
The Town and Co. neckties (www.thetownandco.com)
For the world-traveler on your list, The Town and Co. has ties that give a nod to countries around the world.
With an eye towards sustainable practices, Beltex Meats uses whole-animal butchery techniques to offer a wide array of cuts and meat products.
Mission Belt (missionbelt.com)
With an endlessly adjustable ratchet-style buckle, smooth leather belt and a company commitment to donate $1 to a microloan fund for each belt sold, Mission Belts aim to help the wearer look and feel good.
Olio Skin and Beard (olioskin.com)
Olio Skin and Beard uses natural ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to soothe and replenish skin or beards.
Silverback Grooming Company (etsy.com/shop/SilverbackGroomingCo)
For someone who treats his beard like a member of the family, Silverback offers handmade beard oils, mustache waxes, shave soaps, wooden beard combs and other products.
Tribe One Outdoors (tribeoneoutdoors.com)
Tribe One Outdoors’ innovative tie-down sets and systems will help the outdoorsman take gear in and out of the wild faster and easier.
Gifts for Women
Cozette Couture (cozettecouture.com)
With all things frilly and lacey, vintage and chic for little girls, Cozette Couture dubs itself a “mom’s and photographer’s candy store.”
Beehive Soap & Body Care (www.beehivesoap.com)
Made in small batches with local ingredients and cured for at least four weeks, Beehive Soap takes the shower and sink game up a notch.
Sycamore Street Press (sycamorestreetpress.com)
When store-bought holiday, thank you or greeting cards just will not cut it, the Heber City-based company is there with crafty stationary and accessories.
Salt of the Earth Skin Care (saltearthspa.com)
The Great Salt Lake is more than an inhabitable body of water or backdrop for wedding engagement photos—it also lends itself as an ingredient in this customized line of skin care.
Zion’s Den Apparel (zionsdenapparel.com)
Taking the idea of “mommy and me” clothes to the next level, Zion’s Den Apparel offers activewear for busy kids and their busier moms.
The Diamond Room (thediamondroomutah.com)
The Diamond Room is a local source for precious and semi-precious jewelry needs, as well as custom design service, in-house jewelry repair, appraisals and cleanings.
Amano Artisan Chocolate (amanochocolate.com)
Located in Orem but boasting flavors from every corner of the globe, Amano’s small-batched bars are available in an array of milk and dark varieties.
Beehive Cheese Company (www.beehivecheese.com)
Founded by a pair of brothers-in-law with a passion for cheese, the Northern Utah-based company offers a variety of unique cheeses, including selections smoked or rubbed with herbs or spices (or ground coffee beans).
Harvest Lane Honey (www.harvestlanehoney.com)
Know someone taking an interest in bees? Harvest Lane Honey has a wide offering of equipment to start a hive, as well as a selection of sweet products for those with less patience.
Salsa del Diablo (https://www.facebook.com/salsadeldiablo)
This locally crafted salsa has a devoted following, and can be found at select grocers throughout the Salt Lake Valle.
Laziz Hummus (www.laziz-foods.com)
Founded to create a place where Middle Eastern flavors and home cuisine could intersect dynamically, Laziz Hummus is available online and at select stores from Orem to Ogden.
The Hive Winery (www.thehivewinery.com)
A “boutique” winery, The Hive Winery specializes in gluten-free non-grape fruit and honey wines.
Café Ibis Coffee (cafeibis.com)
Family-operated and focused on fair trade and eco-friendly practices, Café Ibis is available online and at stores across the nation.
Solstice Spices (solsticespices.com)
These local spice blends boast a handmade touch—that every onion, garlic, pepper and herb that goes into them has been sliced, dried, crushed and blended by their chef’s hands.
The King’s English Bookstore (kingsenglish.com)
One of the most unique and inviting bookstores in the state, The King’s English gives shelf space to best-sellers and books by local writers alike, as well as regularly hosting authors for readings and signings.
Salt Lake Running Company (saltlakerunningco.com)
From runners who won’t stop talking about their last race to joggers just starting to hit the track, Salt Lake Running Company offers shoes, clothing and accessories for those from all walks of life.
Altra Running (altrarunning.com)
For the runner, walker or hiker who can’t seem to find a comfortable shoe, Altra Running’s shoes offer a more open toe box and zero-drop sole.
Salt City Drums (saltcitydrums.com)
New or used, they all make noise. Salt City Drums offers instruments, hardware and accessories for percussive people on anyone’s list.