Like David approaching Goliath, many small business owners face the holiday season wondering how they’ll ever compete with the giant retail stores that surround them. They won’t have the luxury of tapping plentiful marketing budgets to reach vast concourses of potential shoppers. Instead, these small business owners will have to rely on their passion, ingenuity and skill to be successful; stretching their limited resources and providing superior service to every customer they interact with.
As the finest collection of small businesses, The Marketplace by TheBlaze features unique shops owned by entrepreneurs whose passion for what they do is matched only by the exceptional quality of their goods. Offering merchandise that can’t be found in most stores, these craftsmen, farmers and American-made manufacturers represent the very best of American small businesses who are keeping the heartbeat of our nation going strong while working to achieve their own versions of the American dream.
That’s why we’re excited to announce TheBlaze 2014 Christmas Catalog. Within the catalog, you’ll find pages of beautiful, American-made products certain to delight your fancy while giving you the assurance you’ll be supporting small business with every purchase and keeping the American-made movement alive.
This year, The Marketplace by TheBlaze has grown to include more than 160 excellent small businesses. Some are family-owned and operated and have been for generations, such as Murphy’s Tree Farm from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Doug Murphy and his family have been selling American-grown Christmas Frasier Firs since 1986.
Despite stiff competition with the influx of imported artificial trees, the Murphy family has always ensured a great product for each of their customers through the years, while offering free shipping during the holidays.
Others are start-ups that began out of necessity, only to become hallmarks of American-made craftsmanship and quality, like the Anne St. Clair Collection of beautiful porcelain Christmas ornaments. When starting up, Anne Piazza and her husband literally had to sell personal possessions and move out of their condo to finance their business.
In their new accommodations, they dealt with septic problems, a leaky roof and faulty electrical service, but persisted and grew their business, ultimately having their ornaments featured on the Christmas tree in the White House.
Just like hometown Main Street, The Marketplace is a place where small business owners are making a difference in the nation—where honesty and integrity is just as important as revenue and profit.
We invite you to put your money where your heart is, shop small and support the American-made movement.