Making a Big Deal Out of Small Business

Growing up, I was surrounded by entrepreneurship. Along with working a full-time job, my dad also owned a small business on the side (which became a full-time job after he retired). I started making my own money by starting a lawn mowing service when I was 12, building a roster of regular clients.


I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that I grew up to not only be a fan and regular customer of small businesses, but own one myself as well. This Nov. 30 on Small Business Saturday, check out a small business that you might not have before. You may become a regular as well.

Here are a few small and independent businesses that I support and fully recommend:

Etsy Fort Worth – Comprised of independent crafters in the Fort Worth area, they’re offering discounts in their shops from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 when you use the code EFWHoliday. Check out the list of participating shops here:

Roots Coffeehouse – The coffee here is so good that it made a coffee drinker out of me. Add in their lemon cake (and many other awesome pastries) that I would commit heinous crimes for and you can find me there on many weekend mornings. With free Wi-Fi as well, it’s an amazing the amount of work I get done there. They recently opened a second location in Highland Village.

The Kessler Theatre – There’s a series on YouTube called “Resurrecting the Kessler” that showcases local artists performing acoustically in the former movie theatre while it was undergoing renovation. “Resurrecting” is the perfect description, as the owners have given new life to this space, creating an incredible music venue and making it one of the best listening rooms in North Texas, maybe even the county. Add in the rest of the area (especially the Bishop Arts neighborhood) that’s going through a rebirth and you have a great evening out.

Fastfire Camera Straps – I first met owner and designer James Reeder several years ago at a craft show where I was a vendor. He showed me one of his straps and I was blown away by solid construction and use of quality materials. They have never let me down over several years of use. Unlike similar straps, Fastfire straps connect to a camera strap opening (and not the bottom of the camera), so you can leave the strap attached and put the camera body on a tripod. Overall, an excellent design.

Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe – When you spend an entire (and usually very long) day as a vendor at an arts event, food trucks become your best friend. Among the plethora of great trucks out there, Hummingbird Sweet Shoppe blew me away. After trying their cinnamon roll cupcake, I was hooked. They recently opened a storefront in Burleson, which is sure to be a success.

Fort Worth Camera – It’s somewhat ironic that FW Camera’s newest location in Grapevine occupies the former site of a Wolf Camera. While the large retailer has greatly reduced its physical locations, both locations of FW Camera are going strong and there’s a reason why: Great customer service and an amazing selection. I can’t think of a time when I’ve gone in here that I haven’t found what I needed or gotten the answer I was looking for.

Arlington Camera – For close to 20 years, Arlington Camera has been one of those places I go into for one quick thing and inevitably end up spending at least an hour browsing through their ridiculously large selection of gear. Whether it’s looking for a new bag, renting a lens or picking up a 9 ft. roll of red seamless at the panicked last minute (all of which I’ve done), they’ve done it without hesitation. It’s almost an understatement to call then an institution.



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