Shop Local Saturday | NJ Business Photographer

As an entrepreneur myself, I am a huge proponent of small and local business owners. It is not easy to compete with the big guys! Today is the day to show your love and support by shopping at your nearby, neighborhood independent stores.  Let's support our small business community and encourage the businesses to keep going. The small retailers often go beyond in their service with gift wrapping, personal shopping services and delivery. And if the lines and the crowds have you stressed, then visit and buy from the online shops of talented makers and creators.

Here is a list of my favorite NJ shops and business owners. Make sure to get out today and support. Happy holiday shopping!

DRESSED BY LORI. If you are looking for a holiday dress and a personalized, warm shopping experience, then look no further. Owner, Lori Csik, will shower you with attention and have your dressing room stocked with the best dress brands and styles. Address : 304 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ.

MILLBURN FLORIST. My favorite local flower shop who combines the freshest flowers with an artistic talent. Owner, Julie Randazza, has been in the community for years and offers impeccable service and quality. Address : 322 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ.

CHOCOLATE WORKS MILLBURN. Feel like a kid in a candy store at the ultimate sweet spot! They offer everything from chocolates to candy to gift baskets to custom favors. My son even had a delicious, sugar-high birthday party here. Address : 321 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ.

MAYERNIK KITCHEN.  Home, wellness and beauty products all homemade with love. Straight from their garden and kitchen, owners Matt and Shannon, create home grown products from room sprays to sunscreen bars to food baths to vapor rubs. Each product is made with a health for your home and loved ones in mind. Address: North Haledon, NJ. 

INK AND NIBS. Modern Calligraphy for the modern girl. Owner and artist, Juliana Cardosa, works with calligraphy ink and watercolor to create organic and whimsical art with baby names, quotes, menus or whatever else may need pretty handwriting. Address: Montclair, NJ. 

BUNGALOW. Contemporary women's clothing boutique with a curated selection of amazing fashion items. Owned by Eve Golden and managed by Erika Guzman, this shop is the perfect place to find your go-to everyday look as well as thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Address : 353 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ. 

BLING IT UP.  Jewelry and accessories for all the ladies on your list and all at affordable prices. Owner, Jessica Caplan, does a fantastic job creating a collection of beautiful pieces at all price points. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, bags, clothing and more! Address: Short Hills, NJ. 

SPLURGE BAKERY. For the love of desserts! If you are hosting a party or need a hostess gift, delicious sweets are always a good option. Everything is baked to order and handmade, using the finest ingredients. Splurge Bakery is family owned and operated and their service is as personal as the bakery items they offer. Address: 105 Main Street, Millburn, NJ. 

BAZAAR28.  Luxury Global Prep apparel and accessories. Inspired by exploration and exotic travel that provide fascinating glimpses of culture, tradition, and creativity, their seasonless collection is the definition of global chic.  Designer, Asma Haq, brings a new luxury fashion experience for women through trunk shows. 

That's my local roundup for today! Hope it inspires you to get out there and shop or click and shop. Our local business owners and makers need our support. Happy Saturday!