With Christmas only a matter of sleeps away, it’s definitely the season for shopping right now. But, instead of hitting the big shopping malls and making the biggest brands even richer, The Village Markets’ cofounder Marissa Bowden is encouraging haven readers to shop small and buy local.

“We urge you to support your local creative businesses – it’s so important,” she says. Marissa says many of the creatives behind the businesses at The Village Markets design and hand-make their products and many are local mums and dads supporting families.

The Village Markets are open December 4, 11 and 18 and then January 1 and 15. The New Year’s Day market will have a really strong family focus with family entertainment, food stalls, live music and the usual lineup of boutique market stalls.

Make sure you #shopsmall these holidays.

Did you know, haven magazine is written for local families by local families? Our approach to business parallels the #shopsmall campaign as we too are a small family business and many of our beloved advertisers are small businesses as well. We would encourage you to show your support of small business operators, like haven, who work hard to make a difference. #shopsmall for big feels!

Visit www.thevillagemarkets.co
(TVM Image Credit // Mel Carrero)



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