During the week of September 12th, four shops have teamed up to promote the importance of shopping for a cause. Not only is it important to support small business owners, but it's also important to support small business owners who give back a portion of your money to help others.
Each shop will be highlighted throughout the week sharing their story behind their shop, the cause they support and a few tips for fellow small shop owners. Be sure to check out each shop and read the Q&A with our third shop, The Baby Bird Boutique, below!
- www.reagantwentyfive.com | Use code SHOPFORACAUSE for 25% off
- www.thebabybirdboutique.com | Use code DOIT4KALE for 25% off
- www.bentleyjameskids.com | Use code GIVINGBACK25 for 25% off
- www.feathersandgrace.etsy.com | Use code HAPPYMAIL for free shipping
The Baby Bird Boutique
- Owner: Dorie Kirk
- Instagram: @TheBabyBirdBoutique
- 25% off coupon code: DOIT4KALE
Q: What inspired you to start your own business?
Kale. Losing Kale and being pregnant with Kaleb, I worried about everything. What could go wrong? What would happen? How I'd love someone like that again? Sewing and working on my craft took my mind off of grieving and worrying. It also provided income to donate. It was such a beautiful thing to help me grow.
Q: What do you want readers to know about your brand?
Baby bird style is so funny and quirky and while some pieces are basics and staples, others knock your socks off. But we always show how to pair the extraordinary so everyone becomes a fashion expert for their babes.
Q: What type of items do you sell in your shop?
It seems I'm dubbed the Romper Queen, although my passion lies in designing custom pieces and making beautiful dresses and OOAK pieces.
Q: Tell us more about the cause your shop supports and why is this cause important to you.
BABY BIRD chooses a cause per month. Our favorites are the Warm Place (grief support for siblings of loss) Camp Cullin (a camp for grieving siblings of loss) and Angel Unaware. A pediatric hospice my husband and I have helped Pioneer. It is only the THIRD in the US and educates staff specifically for handling children and infants through their final moments. Its so important, because prior to, you were shuffled off to an adult facility where nurses were so scorned at your presence. They wouldn't touch your child, speak to you and do all they could to avoid any and all contact. Child loss is still extremely taboo, and because of that, when you're going through the final stages, no one has the guts or knowledge to lend a helping hand, even when it's their job.
Q: If you had to choose 3 reasons why people should support small businesses, what would they be?
1.) (& best) the passion poured into it. I pray over every single item I make. You never know what kind of life that child has. If I can pray for good fortune or for the child to make a lasting memory in the piece, then just maybe a piece of clothing CAN make a difference.
2.) supporting the flexibility and freedom of someone running their own business. I think I've always been designed to be my own boss, and with the flexibility if my schedule I don't miss anything for my kiddos. Its An incredible gift. Especially for someone who's lost a child.
3.) Because the items you receive from small shops are made of such more quality then large manufactures. You aren't supporting slave labor,you're supporting a mommy on a mission.
Q: What do you love most about being a small business owner?
The connection I make with customers. I know many of my customers by name along with their spouses and children. I have made so many lifelong friends through social media and handmade shopping/selling.
Q: What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?
Have the utmost discipline and never lose it.