The Flock
November 24, 2012

Small Business Saturday - Oiselle Picks

Sarah MacKay Robinson

Happy small business Saturday! Of all the holiday-created-shopping-mania days this is my jam. Small business gets me excited. Small business to me means a business someone created out of passion and elbow grease and a whole lot of sleepless nights. It’s a business that isn’t really a business at the end of the day but a solution, a tribe; a space bigger than a store front an idea larger than a shopping cart.

And I want to celebrate our favorite small {running} businesses!

1. Picky Bars: created by professional runners, Lauren Fleshman, Stephanie Rothstein and triathlete Jesse Thomas. Picky Bars were made in Lauren and Jesse’s kitchen until recently. The business is still run out of their house and the family of Picky pros has grown to six including Loren, Laurel and Patrick.

Twitter: @pickybars
Facebook: Picky Bars
Shop: www.pickybars.com
Deal: 30% off Picky Bars through Monday! Code: PickyThanks

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2. Nuun: Nuun is a fellow Seattle small business.  Twenty-two employees including familiar runner faces: @dailysweat, @arielledora, @runzoerun and their fearless leader, @runhydrated, who all work to hydrate the masses from their sweet ID Seattle office.

Twitter: @nuunhydration
Facebook: Nuun Hydration
Shop: www.nuun.com
Deal: $19.99 for all 4 packs!

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3. Swiftwick: A sock company after our own heart. They had a lot of fun spreading the Swiftwick love at the 2012 Olympic Trials and even got some coverage in the Eugene press.

Twitter: @Swiftwick
Facebook: Swiftwick
Shop: www.swiftwick.com
Deal: $19.99 for all 4 packs!

4. Believe I Am: Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettin take the sports physcology tips they use and hand them off to us in visual cues, goal making walk through, and encouraging quotes from pro runners in their Believe I am Training Journal. The line has grown to include apparel, accessories and now even jewelry.
 
Twitter: @believeiam #sistersinsport
Facebook: Believe I Am
Shop: www.believeiam.com
Deal: Check out their gift packages and save money!

7. Alchemy Goods: Another local Seattle company. We partnered with hip urban upcycle company for our NYCMarathon Banner bag. Got dudes on your list? Their bike messager bags made out of bike tubes are rad.

Shop: www.alchemygoods.com

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8. Another Mother Runner:  Sarah and Dimity lead a tribe of mother runners. Their blog turned book(s) inspire, educate, coach and encourage moms to get out there and their chase goals. Whether it’s about health, me time or PRs, Run like a Mother or Train Like a Mother is a great gift for the mother runner in your life.
 
Twitter: @sbsontherun + @dimityontherun
Facebook: Another Mother Runner
Shop: www.anothermotherrunner.com

9. RecoFiT: I met Susan the year she launched RecoFit compression sleeves. She came out to Kingston for a women’s retreat and was so passionate about the product she’d created. I run in the sleeves all the time, they are so lightweight and comfortable but I can really feel them working.
 
Facebook: RecoFiT
Shop: www.RecoFITsports.com

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10. Super Jock n Jill: We have to give a local shout out to our favorite running store! From The Monday Night Run to high school spike night this is more than a store it’s  the heart of running in Green Lake.

Twitter: @jocknjill75
Facebook: Super Jock n' Jill + The Monday Night Run
Shop: In person!

11. Running Evolution: One more local shout out to our favorite running coach, Beth Baker. She will take you from coach to 5k and beyond. Her energy and sense of humor will ensure you’ll never want to miss practice.

Twitter: @runningevolve
Facebook: Running Evolution
Website: www.RunningEvolution.com
 
12. Handful: Out of Portland Oregon our favorite under the t-shirt casual bra is Handful!  Created by Jennifer Fergesen athletic enthusiast and a woman with more energy than a 12 year old girl at a Beiber concert. If you’ve run Hood to Coast, you’re probably seen (or heard) their team. They are a fun group of women!

Handful is also an approved mastectomy bra, They are passionate about supporting women as they return to health.

Twitter: @handful
Facebook: Handful
Shop: www.handful.com

Of course we are also a small business, and today with every order you get free Oiselle shoelaces! Enjoy and shop small!

 

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