Travel to a new community or your own community with your eyes peeled for local events. These events usually come in the form of festivals, small events, charity events or galas. I had the privilege of attending a charity event recently that was marketed as a community happy hour. I was to bring a bag of clothes and donate to a local resale shop and that would be my ticket inside to discover the colorful skyline of small businesses that makes up my beautiful city of Fort Worth, Texas. These types of events are an exceptional way to network with locals and buy from small businesses. Enjoy an evening meeting like minded people, drinking wonderful wine or cocktails and enjoying catered hors d’oeuvres.
This was the case for me and my last minute invite to “Clean Out Help Out Happy Hour” featuring amazing small businesses- Like “The Resale Shop.” These places really make my city something special. One wonderful thing about Fort Worth is the beautiful architecture sprinkled throughout the city and this event happened to be held at Historic 512– Designed by Fort Worth architect Wyatt C. Hedrick, the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and it does not disappoint! While attending the event I discovered a new company called “Cowtown Made” and now I’m obsessed!
The owner, Whitney Howell, loves her city of Fort Worth so she designs throw pillows, sweaters, mugs, jewelry and other fun items with the Fort Worth skyline and our nickname “Funky Town.” When visiting a new town or in your own community, this fun way to shop is for tourist or locals alike! At the event I enjoyed my complimentary glass of wine from “Lost Oak Winery” and enjoyed stumbling upon “unbounded” and found some hand made leather pieces that were perfect for gifts. Another great find was a little succulent shop called “Stayin Alive Succulents” and oh my goodness they are the most beautiful succulents you will find in all of Fort Worth!
These little shops are the strong arm of our Fort Worth economy and create a little piece of charm to our “big yet small” city here in the heart of Texas. Travel often to the small cities around the world and buy from these families through their small businesses. This is a way to give back to the very culture you are trying to experience while you travel. Feel good about your purchases knowing you are contributing to the hard working people in the world who dare to try something new. Travel often and attend local events to give back in a special way and live a life of no regrets!
Until Next Time,