February 15, 2011
Communities across the country are waving the Buy Local flag in support of their homegrown entrepreneurs. Patronizing independent businesses in your neighborhood has a host of benefits: It creates jobs and keeps money circulating in your city, it reduces the environmental impact, and it promotes stronger community ties. So join the movement and check out these one-of-a-kind local treasures you won’t find at the big-box stores.
Local massage therapists turned candle connoisseurs Erin Lichtman and Sara Schultz, founders of Agni Candle Company, create distinctive hand-poured candle creations like the Vintage Moroccan Tea Sippers ($50). These reusable green glass and silver designed sippers are filled with natural soy wax scented with peppermint, rosemary, lemon and lime essential oils. agnicandleco.wordpress.com
Regina Allen creates the perfect combination of retro and contemporary styling with the Star of David Necklace ($130) and Hamsa Earrings ($49), handmade of sterling silver and new Miyuki and vintage glass beads available on her Etsy site, or contact her directly for personalized orders. For more information about the artist, visit reginaallen.com.
Jerusalem Stone Blessing for a New Business (OR Home) ($360) is the perfect gift for a budding entrepreneur. Made of stone quarried from the Holy City, this 14-inch square stone blessing can be hung or placed on an easel. Personalization available (costs may vary).
19740 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 704-7100. shalomhouse.com
The Impressionist Hamsa ($20-$300), a digital mixed media print by Calabasas-based Jewish artist Jon Dabach, is part of a series interpreting the ancient Jewish symbol for protection in a variety of ways. Choose one to adorn your living room wall. Available in sizes ranging from 5 inches by 7 inches to 30 inches by 40 inches. jewjewart.com
Los Angeles-based Me! Bath, founded by husband-and-wife team Lisa and Benjamin Nissanoff, has created the perfect treat: ice cream-scented bath bombs containing a blend of oils, purifying minerals and Epsom salt. Enjoy a Triple Scoop Gift Bag ($27) with an array of scrumptious choices, including Café con Leche, Choco-holic, Birthday Cake, Mint Mojito, Pumpkin Pie and Land of Milk and Honey. Ice cream that’s good for your body. Hooray! mebath.com