For Those Looking To Support…..


small and/or  local businesses, we have a few suggestions!

If you are wanting to spend part or all of your holiday dollars with small or local businesses we want to offer some you  might not have thought of:

If you are in the Central Square, NY and in need of a fresh-cut Christmas Tree, wreath or some fun times with the kids stop in at the Grace Farms and cut your own tree.


If you are looking for something, or a few things, that you can purchase from the comfort of your home, check out  Shepherd’s Flock, a true family-owned business for over 30 years.

Warm shearling slippers are just part of the items offered!

We recommend contacting them immediately if you find something you can not live without. One of our bloggers swears by the slippers, and as these are all hand-made, they  take some lead time to make and ship for the holidays.

Another long time family business ( please excuse a little self promotion) is Ugashik Wild Salmon Company. Located in Bristol Bay year around for the last 50 years this is another small family fishermen and family owned business. They offer Alaska Wild Salmon products starting at less than $30.

In keeping with the Alaskan small business theme, we believe you will find the works of one Alaska Native Artist a special treat. Nasugraq Rainey Hopson (Higbee) is an Inupiaq artist from the coastal village of Point Hope Alaska. She has a degree in Studio Art from Humboldt State University in Northern California. She now lives in the Brooks Range of Arctic Alaska in Anaktuvuk Pass with her husband and her four rambunctious working dogs.

Fossilized Walrus Ivory Necklace

She also carries a great line of body treatments and will work with those who have skin allergies or sensitivities. Just email her. At least one of our bloggers can swear by her foot soak! If you hurry you can make use of the discount she is offering for purchases made by the end of November- see the top of her Etsy pages!

Great Foot Soak!!

If you have other small local or family businesses you want to help get a leg up, post them in our comments section!! We love being able to help local, family owned businesses.


9 Responses to “For Those Looking To Support…..”

  1. Ed Larson Says:

    Briggs-Way Salmon should be a controlled substance, it’s that good.

  2. alaskapi Says:

    Oh we have so many wonderful Alaskan made products we can get for gifts!
    Our birch syrup folks-

    who have recipes and some other goodies

  3. alaskapi Says:
    Family owned business in Sitka! Kelp pickles are to die for, berry vinaigrettes make salads extra special!

  4. alaskapi Says:

    Wonderful stocking stuffers for gardeners!
    Our beloved Denali seeds are only available online now.
    They have a free seed policy which makes it twice as nice to shop online.

  5. alaskapi Says:
    Some of my neighbors make wonderful pet treats :-)

  6. alaskapi Says:

    Ok- I can think of a bazillion more but will finish with one of my favorites-
    Glacier Smoothie adds glacial silt/till to their lovely soaps and it makes for wonderful, wonderful soap!

  7. alaskapi Says:

    And yes, Ugashik Wild Salmon is top of the list :-)

    (And if my family is reading this, hint, hint , Rainey has some teas which look yummy, yummy: )

  8. Rick Hege Says:

    Thanks for the reference (Shepherd’s Flock). We appreciate it.

  9. ME Says:

    We have bought things from this group- all hand made items and located in AZ for those who can be local, email them if you are going for a visit, is open by request —
    naturally dyed yarns, non-toxic milk paint, open-pollinated seeds, seasonal medicinal & culinary plants and organic & ethically wildcrafted herbs.

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