Mama owned businesses. If you’re like me, I’m guessing you want to support them, but sometimes it’s tricky to know where to start. Well, hang onto your hats, this round-up of local makers will not only get you started in the right direction, but you could practically finish your shopping completely with these gals. Jewelry, the best scented playdough, awesome hand-crafted wood signs, leather goods, candles, pottery, knitted hats, wooden toys and the list goes on and on.
This year, let’s gift meaningfully and support our local mothers, while doing so.
Saltstone Ceramics (Seattle) is a professional production ceramic art and pottery studio in Northwest Seattle offering group classes, private instruction, and studio rental. Started in 2015, Saltstone Ceramics is the home studio and creative enterprise of Sarah Steininger Leroux. Sarah has a bachelor’s of arts degree in ceramics and sculpture from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and a masters of fine arts degree in organizational leadership from Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. Be sure to shop her pottery work here.
Isola Handmade (Anacortes)- Homemade and handmade with love–this shop is your go-to for the cutest knitting patterns and beanies.
“I’m a Skagit County (Clear Lake) mama to 6 (4 through my body and 2 step kiddos). I sell my handcrafted wares at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market in the summer months under the name Milkweed Leathercraft – on IG as @milkweedleathercraft My crafts feature hand sewn up-cycled and new leather, adorned with hand carved prints and burned designs. My primitive art is largely inspired by native PNWflora and fauna. Favorite items have been travel backgammon and cribbage games. Please check out my Etsy store.”
“My name is Jessica McDaniel and I’m the owner of Scents Of The Northwest! Hand-poured mason jar candles made with 100% soy, phthalate free fragrance oils, and environmentally friendly cotton and wood wicks.I’m a mama to 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls and a wife-to-be to my fiancé of almost 8 years. I love to create, read, and make memories with my family around the great PNW! www.scentsoftheNW.com “
“My name is Julia Hamon and I own and operate an event business out of a pink vintage trailer. Specializing in gluten free and vegan doughnuts, the company seeks to bring tasty, fresh, and safe food to people while they are out having a good time or celebrating their special occasions. All of the dough and glazes are scratch made and the ingredient lists posted prominently so that folks can feel confident sharing these treats with their friends and families.
The business was started out of a desire to share entrepreneurship with my children (8&5) and show them how to take a big idea and break it into a series of achievable steps. As a bonus, now if the babysitter can’t keep my kids while I’m working it’s not a crises. They get to come with me to work and practice customer service and register skills. It has been such an honor to be a part of the Kitsap business community and the support for vegan and gluten free food is incredible.”
Ed’s Wooden Toy Shop: “I run a wooden toy shop with my Dad. We started one year ago. I had a baby and asked my Dad to create some toys for me and so many of my friends wanted them we created our own shop. We now have a pretty good following and everyone we we-stock our toys they are sold out within hours. We have a sewing machine drop tomorrow. Then next Friday the 17th, we will have a variety of our toys restocked.”
I handmake and sell:
Headbands (our most popular item)
Nursing cover scarves
“We are a local (Camano Island) Beverage inspired Wax melt company. We are a sister team Lori and Jen. We pour all our wax, make our labels etc, all from home with little’s running around 🙂
Our website is www.happyhourwaxmelts.com We are also on Facebook “
Doughberry- Mom-made in Kirkland, Doughberry has become a local hit and is known to adults and kids alike as the Gourmet Playdough. From vibrant Strawberry and Tangerine to mellow Vanilla and Lavender, there’s a variety for everyone. (My kids LOVE this stuff and I love how it smells!)
Sister’s Woodworks– “We’re sisters who love making signs! We do custom orders and can turn your vision into an eye catching piece! You’ll also find available signs in photos.” (I have one of their signs and I LOVE it!)
As you prepare for the holiday’s, keep these Mama owned businesses in mind. With these local makers, you’ll not only be shopping smart, but you’ll be gifting your loved ones with something unique, hand crafted and perfectly wonderful.