Category Archives: Art and Artisans

Local Valentine’s gifts perfect for your special person

vLife Valentine 2021 Blog image Show Your Love with Local poster with heart and hand holding gift

Spoiler alert: This post is definitely about finding local Valentine’s gifts for that special someone. Or someones. Even if that someone is YOU. For a day meant to celebrate love, February 14th can strike fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned gift giver. Finding the best gift for Valentine’s Day is entirely subjective […]

On local gift baskets and how they saved my holiday bacon

Local Gift Basket curated by vLife writer and passionate buy local supporter Erin Casey

Local gift baskets — and shopping for said baskets — has taught me a lot this holiday season. Mainly that while I seem to be quite good at locating and spending money at small businesses near me, I am NOT very good at actually assembling my haul of local goods into an attractive package. Before […]

9 Ways to Shop Small & Local this Holiday Season

Two hands giving a red and gold wrapped local gift

How can you shop local? Let me count the ways… But first, a moment of recognition of the stresses that can accumulate with all the demands on our time during the Festive Season… Holiday Stressors The Pressures of the Holiday season can mount pretty quickly – and it seems to start mounting earlier and earlier […]