We were fortunate to participate in the digital market last weekend, from which we received some great orders (thank you!) and wanted to extend our love to some woman & nonbinary owned Austin-local shops!
Below are some businesses that are perfect for these quarantimes—to decorate your home with, to protect yourself with, to keep you journaling or mailing cards, or just to really spruce up your at-home fashion!
You all know how much we adore Tsz Kam. Tsz designed the cover for the second I Scream Social anthology and has generously designed stickers and pins for us as well. A lot of our staff also has Tsz Kam prints hanging in our homes. Shop their Etsy for prints, paintings, pins, stickers, and jewelry to brighten up your home!
Tropic Of Capricorn is a small woman owned mercantile and plant shop located in Austin, TX. For Austinites, they're offering free delivery and curbside pickup. A touch of green [or a burst of green!] will brighten your space and purify your air. Your editors have their eyes on their gorgeous ceramic planters, the money tree, and succulents!
Tesoros Maya Co. is a small Texas-based fair-trade company, founded by Guatemalan born and raised Angelica. She works directly with Guatemalan indigenous families to source newly and vintage woven Guatemalan fabrics and accessories. We're in love with their camera straps, huipiles (Mayan blouses), and they've been releasing limited runs of reusable and washable face masks using vintage Guatemalan fabric.
We first met Jessica Zarowitz at a Boss Babes pop-up event and were so charmed by her small card business IT IS: ! 100% of the profits for IT IS goes to providing yoga classes for women at the Lockhart correctional facility. For Austinites, IT IS: is offering free local drop-off for your cards and stamps! We can go on all day about how right now is an essential time to 1) say I love you, 2) support your local USPS store, and 3) thinking about our underserved communities, but for now, we'll just say, just do it! <3
We also had the pleasure to meet Laura Restrepo of BLOOM CUP at a Boss Babes event last fall and we've been thinking about her a lot lately. This quarantine has been difficult for many of us, but it really has me thinking about how to 1) cut costs in my own home, 2) how to be more eco-friendly with my day-to-day life, and 3) how to be less reliant on my grocery store / online shipping for my personal needs. Menstrual cups are key, y'all! The BLOOM CUP website is brilliant in breaking down answers to every possible question you might have, and they also have a generous buy 1, donate 1 program.
We figured the writers and book lovers in our community would love Longhand Pencils as much as we do! Kasee Bailey designs these gorgeous pop-culture themed pencils that will brighten your day and get you to sit down to finally write those letters you promised! The Host staff is stationary-obsessed and we have our eyes on the Gilmore Girls pencils (above) and the Nacho Libre set, because sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room, just for fun.
Austin-based New Origin Shop is full of gorgeous artisanal, handcrafted jewelry, bags, clothing, home decor and more. The shop prioritizes products with low environmental impact but still make big contemporary statements. Treat your quarantine self to a special set of jewelry, some great smelling soap, or a new comfy dress while supporting a small business and skilled artisans!