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    by Yvonne Leung November 27, 2021

    It’s Small Business Saturday! By now, I’m sure you’ve heard it all before about the significance of supporting small and local businesses. Thank you for coming to Hereafter for your gift-giving needs. Whether you’re brand new here or have been following us for years, your support has helped us grow way beyond my start in my cold San Francisco apartment followed by my parents’ garage. Thank you for your belief in us, our vision, and our products.

    As a small business, word of mouth is everything! We want to spread the love and highlight a few things we use and love from fellow BIPOC-owned small businesses.

    1. HOT SAUCE - Is your best friend a hot sauce aficionado? Spice it up with Shaquanda Will Feed YouOooomami hot sauce. It’s sweet. It’s spicy. It’s smoky. I add it to everything from eggs, to roasted veggies, to pizza.
    2. SKINCARE - I feel like my skin has gotten more sensitive as I get older. Enter Good Light’swe come in peace probiotic serum. It’s fragrance-free, made out of quality ingredients, and can be used daily.
    3. CERAMICS - If you’ve ever taken a ceramics class, you’ll know how hard it is to perfect! Virginia Sin’sterracotta prong fruit bowl doubles as a piece of art and brings me joy whenever I see it on my kitchen counter.
    4. PETS - Founded by Jay Sae Jung Oh "to elevate ordinary moments," Boo Oh'sLumi Leash and Collar Set is perfect for morning walks, or makes a great gift for the stylish pup-parent (aka half our team!).
    5. FRAME - I couldn’t resist sneaking one of our photo frames in here. I gave this one to my mom at Thanksgiving!

    If you are new to shopping small, check out local events likeRenegade Craft Fair orWest Coast Craft. They’re such great places to discover local artists and makers. A few months ago, our team went to Renegade Craft in LA together. We did a little shopping and fell in love withNatalie Andrewson andWoof Craft.

    We know that shopping small can be more time-consuming and expensive in the short-run. There are other ways to support small businesses than just with your dollars. Here are three ways you can pitch in for free.

    1. Engage - If you like what they’re sharing, tell them so with a quick DM, email, or even snail mail. A compliment goes a long way!
    2. Word of Mouth - Small businesses can’t afford to pour money into ads or give products away for free. Share the things you love with friends or family or give a shout out on social media to help spread the word.
    3. Flag Online Errors - See a typo? Or something improperly linked? Most small businesses are trying to juggle a ton so they will appreciate if you let them know of any errors they might have missed.

    We know the holidays are stressful! Relieve some of the stress around the holidays by shopping in advance. And if you shop with us this season, keep in mind our shipping deadlines!

    • USPS First Class Mail - 12/10
    • USPS Priority Mail - 12/15
    • UPS Ground - 12/15