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Shopping Small & Local During (and Beyond) the Pandemic

The world has turned upside down for the moment. I am already heartbroken for the loss of loved ones and hope this epidemic burns itself out faster than the predictions.

At the same time, I believe the coronavirus is exposing the deep fissures in our governance and social structures. I think we'll finally be forced to reckon with all the faults of the 'rugged individualism' myth that has shaped so many wrong-headed decisions over decades. The first one to go, I think, will be this notion that global economies of scale make local economies unnecessary. We've already bumped up hard against that falsehood and we're not even into the thick of the problems in the US.

So, one of the best things you can do to prepare for what comes next is to establish or strengthen ties to the people who produce things on you street, in your neighborhood, your town and region. Those people are our first line of defense when the global markets can't deliver on promises.

To that end, I'm amassing this list of locally owned businesses who, as of this moment, are up and running and ready to get quality, hand-crafted foods and goods to you through the mail or through on-site pick up.

Please buy from them, share this list with your circles and send me any others that need to be added here.

Be well,



Anthony Maddaloni Photography

Art by Susan Best

Austin Art Garage

Debbie Carroll Fine Art

Espacio Handmade

Fort Lonesome


Hempton's Retro Threads

Imagine Art

Kate Fitzpatrick

Lisa McPike Smith

Lucy Blue Studio

Mockingbird Handprints

Parts & Labour

Martha Gibson Art


Newton Supply Co.

Nui Organics

Ornamental Things

Jaime Jo Fisher

Renee LoPresti

RIver City Glassworks

The Wonderful Adventure

XO Stitches

Yarrow & Sage Appothecary & Arts Co-op

Zilker Belts



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Food (or Online Gift Certificates)

Antonio Celentano Olive Oil

ATX Homemade Jerky

Bee Delightful


Gourmet Texas Pasta

Dad's Premium Granola

HiFi Mycology

La Flaca

Loco Avocado

Madhu Chocolate

Maggie Louise Confections

Quality Seafood

Rockstar Bagels

Rosen's Bagels


Springtown Roasters

SRSLY Chocolate

Tarka Indian Kitchen

Texas Pie Company

Two Hives Honey

Wheatsville Food Co-op

Wow Texas Honey

Xian Sushi & Noodle

Yellowbird Foods


Herbal Remedies & Teas

Gemmotherapy with Lauren Hubele

Headwaters Apothecary

Texas Medicinals

White Cloud World Teas

Zhi Tea


Soap & Bodycare

Fleegal Farms

Heathen Moon


Marpy Naturals

My Magic Mud

Old Factory Soap

Zen Soap


Online Classes

Hand Embroidery with Kat McTee

Hand Embroidery on Denim with Kat McTee

Restore Your Immunity with Lauren Hubele

Mixed Media Art with Stephanie Rubiano



Bowerbird Antiques & Oddities

Chaos Woods


River City Glassworks

Sertodo Copper

Whiskey Boat Goods


Other resources for finding locally made goods:

Blue Genie Art Bazaar Artists & Makers

San Marcos Art League Artists

Big List of Austin Food Brands

Go Local Austin

Where to Shop Local from Austin Insider

Austin Restaurants with Curbside & Takeout