I am constantly amazed at the entrepreneurial spirit of so many of our Military Spouses who own their own businesses and manage to keep them running with the constant turmoil of military life. This year when starting your holiday shopping consider a Military Spouse owned business to spend some of your shopping dollars. There are so many options from hand crafted items at an Esty shop to online stores with military themed items. Here are a few I like:
Army Spouse Serena West not only has a fun shop online at Shop Westhouse, she also blogs about how crazy our military life is. A few fun items at her shop are the Army Man Bottle Opener and her Military Themed T-shirts which I love because they aren’t camo and are very stylish with subtle hints of the military lifestyle like “Master Mover” and “Home of the Brave”.
Sword and Plough is owned by two sisters who were military brats and one who now serves. Their idea was to re purpose military surplus material into stylish and durable bags and backpacks. They support Veteran employment throughout the design and manufacturing process and a percentage of the profits goes to veteran charities. Their Limited Edition Uniform Tote uses recycled uniforms to create a super cute bag.
Military Spouse Olivia Harrell has an eye for fashion and cute gift ideas. I love her marketing genius and discovered her as she posted cute outfits for various activities and then sells them. She has an online boutique and recently opened a brick and mortar store Liv and Rory in downtown Puyallup, Washington. Cute clothes, Mommy and Me outfits and fun accessories. I love the Cloud Nine Wine Tote. How often have you juggled trying to carry bottles of wine to a function. This cute tote holds two bottles of wine and looks so much better than a paper bag.
While Army Spouse Gwyn Nielsen’s site Sparkling Charm does not have an online store it is my go to destination for holiday ideas. She is so creative, really the Military Spouse Martha Stewart. She also curates unique gift ideas on her website which are season specific. A perfect place to go to get some new ideas.
For an out of the box idea purchase a gift certificate at Reynolds Square. Military Spouse Stephanie Dorr provides website design, consulting, course development and education for entrepreneurs looking for the best ways to showcase their business online. Her tagline is “We help you make a business out of sharing what you love with others.” This is a great gift for that friend who is just getting her business started. I used Stephanie for a one hour consult while trying to learn the ins and outs of WordPress. She is tech savvy and understands the unique needs of Military Spouses.
What is your favorite Military Spouse owned business? Post below in the comments so we can share with other Military Shopper readers.
Marguerite Cleveland is a freelance writer who specializes in human interest and travel stories. She is a military brat, a veteran and now a military spouse. Her military experience is vast as the daughter of a Navy man who served as an enlisted sailor and then Naval Officer. She served as an enlisted soldier in the reserves and on active duty, then as an Army Officer. She currently serves as a military spouse. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. Visit her website www.WanderWordsWine.com