SOUTH INDIANA – Anyone working holiday shopping this weekend can support Southern Indiana businesses on Small Business Saturday.
People in Clark and Floyd counties are gearing up to help customers and are offering great deals to shoppers who choose to support locals.
Simply Rooted: 213 Pearl St., New Albany
It’s a jungle of tropical plants in the Simply Rooted plant store, but the vegetation is artfully displayed, easily explained, and diverse.
A house fire that displaced homeowner Kristin Singogo and her family from their historic New Albany home doesn’t stop her from sharing her passion.
Located within Kozy Kandles in downtown New Albany, Singogo has over 100 plants on display and there is something for everyone, at every price point.
She said she wants to share her love of plants and offers everything from starter plants to rarer finds.
“Like a lot of people, in the pandemic, I’m a mother of young children, so I had a baby and a young child at the time and it was freaking me out,” she said. “And I was like, I need a hobby, I need something to do. So I started an outdoor garden and got into indoor plants. There’s something so healing and so magical about getting your hands dirty and just doing something active.”
Singogo said that many of his plants were saved from the fire.
Your space at Kozy Kandles is filled with Hoyas, spider plants, small cacti and more. The smaller plants are around $5, while the rarer plants are more expensive.
Each plant comes with specific care instructions and guests are welcome to come to Singogo with any questions.
“There’s something really calming about taking care of plants,” he said. “It’s like my form of self-care.”
Broken Town Granola: 216 Pearl St., New Albany
Ryan Juodikis is working on the Danish raspberry flavor of Broken Town Granola at MESA Kitchen in New Albany on Wednesday morning.
He sells his granola, which comes in unique flavors like Lavender Hummingbird Cake, Raspberry Danish and Whiskey Walnut at the New Albany Farmers Market and will be at Logan Street Market in Louisville this weekend.
Juodikis said he had been planning his granola business since 2014 and started making the recipes himself last spring.
Granola is a unique treat, especially since Broken Town offers flavors that aren’t easy to find.
“It’s unique, it’s something you can’t find in many other places, and it’s food and it’s a gift you can give,” he said. “And they can enjoy it and not take up space in their house forever.”
Royal Couture Treats: 216 Pearl St., New Albany
Royal Couture Treats bakery owner Minniequa Johnson is gearing up to open her new space at MESA Kitchen in New Albany and is forgoing Thanksgiving to get everything ready.
Johnson moved his bakery from Green Tree Mall to the location in downtown New Albany this week.
He’ll be selling his popular brownies, oatmeal pies, cupcakes and hot chocolate bombs at MESA this weekend.
“The first thing I’ve learned is that people want the complete package, the whole (holiday) gift set,” he said. “I make the hot chocolate bomb in a gift mug. You get your mug, fuzzy socks, and a spoon for stirring chocolate. I pack it for $17 or two for $30.”
It will also be offering its popular hot chocolate bombs for $7 each this weekend or four for $25.
Johnson is as ambitious and optimistic as ever when talking about her new location, saying that the bakery business is currently facing rising prices for items like butter and eggs.
“Once we got out of COVID we thought, we have this, but then guess what, inflation,” he said. “So inflation is what we’re fighting now.”
Tru Bliss Boutique: 420 Spring St., Jeffersonville
Downtown Jeffersonville’s Christmas Open House earlier this month was a big day of business for Tru Bliss Boutique and owner Yakera Lawson Fowler said she can’t wait for small businesses for Saturday.
“Open House was phenomenal this year, it was one of my best,” he said. “I’ve been here for 4.5 years and it’s one of my best since I’ve been here.”
She said that events that bring customers to downtown Jeffersonville really help local businesses.
“It just brings people together. Somehow you get relationships with these people, your customers,” she said. “It’s just a fun time to come shop and support us and the city.”
Tru Bliss will be offering their Candy Cane QR Code Coupons this weekend and people will be able to scan the code to find out if they get a percentage off an item or a free gift.
Lawson Fowler said he has clothing, accessories and home goods for people of all ages in his store.
“I feel like when we do things like Open House and Small Business Saturday, people come together and support small businesses,” he said. “Come and shop and let’s have fun.”
Benton Fine Jewelry: 135 W. Court Ave., Jeffersonville
The interior of Benton Fine Jewelry’s jewelers in downtown Jeffersonville is glowing ahead of Small Business Saturday.
All jewelry in stock will be 20% off for the event, owner Jim Benton said.
“I really liked it several years ago when American Express joined it,” Benton said. “There are a lot of customers who appreciate going to a hometown or mom-and-pop kind of stores.”
Benton offers customers great service and a personal touch for repairs, adaptations and more. The family business has been around for decades.
“When we sell an item, we regularly check and clean it,” he said. “We replaced the lifetime batteries in the watches. If you buy a ring from us, the first size is done free of charge. There are a lot of little extras that small businesses offer that big box stores or chains don’t.”
Diamond earrings are a popular holiday item at the store, and Benton said they are stocked in all sizes.
“We have all shapes of genuine colored stones and gold and silver items,” he said. “We have a very nice variety of jewelry.”