Gift Guide, Part One: Small Businesses and Crafters
Our first-ever guide to local Catholic stores, products, and more. Today: Small businesses and crafters.
UPDATED! See end for new crafter.
On This Day Designs
Unique jewelry and rosaries with a contemporary feel; prints and other items. Started by sisters and sisters-in-law, On This Day Designs designs and makes their own pieces. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, as well as on their blog. Free shipping through December.
Started in Greater Cincinnati but recently relocated to Louisville, Caritas Dei, LLC specializes in unique jewelry, rosaries, and devotionals with a vintage feel and also sells rosary and jewelry supplies at its Etsy shop. Follow the business on Facebook. Online trunk show Dec. 14 and 15.
Inspirational Wooden Signs
Like many businesses selling custom lettered signs for home decor, this is run from a home studio. But unlike most, this expert letterer specializes in Catholic messages and symbols. Email Kathy Donnelly Smith at FB@KathyDonnellySmith to see what she has in stock or make a custom order.
Jewels by Jules
Jewels by Jules Diamond Boutique, a full-service jeweler in Montgomery (OH) offers the Alex and Ani line of jewelry, a contemporary-styled collection of pieces “infused with positive energy” that feature religious symbols, including many pieces with Catholic medals.
Put on Christ
Launched this year at the World Meeting of Families and based in Cincinnati, Put on Christ offers specially designed, high-end fitness clothing, accessories, and leisure wear that is modest, fashionable, and Christ-centered. Pieces are named after saints and marked with the “Put on Christ” cross. Follow the company on Facebook and Twitter, as well as its blog.
Meg Florkowski Creative
Posters, calendars, and other printed pieces by a talented designer combine ancient symbols with contemporary flair. Meg Florkowski Creative offers customized First Communion and confirmation certificates; giclee prints and posters; prayer cards; more. Follow on Facebook and on the artist’s blog. End-of-year poster sale until December 18.
Created by trained yoga teachers, Pietra Fitness combines stretching and strengthening exercises with Catholic spirituality and meditative chants for a new fitness method that is not “Christian yoga.” Three DVDs offer three levels of workout: gentle, level 1, and level 2. Follow Pietra Fitness online or sign up for their newsletter at their website. (Look for more on Pietra Fitness at The Catholic Beat in January.)
Such a small business that she doesn’t have a website or Etsy shop (yet), this local artist hand-paints peg dolls to look like the saint of your choice. Find her on Instagram.
Photos taken at the Greater Cincinnati Catholic Women’s Conference, unless otherwise indicated.
Tomorrow, Part 2: Bookstores. Wednesday, Part 3: Music, concerts, and online publishers.Thursday, part four: Retreats.
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