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Last Minute Local: Supporting Small Businesses for Last Minute Gift Ideas

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This year has been difficult for businesses across North Texas, especially small businesses who depend on the neighborhoods they are in to stay afloat.

That said, we asked our viewers about some of their favorite local retailers that will be open the week of Christmas.

VAULT COFFEE

Vault Coffee roasts all of their craft coffees on demand. We offer premium loose leaf teas and our signature smooth cold brew. You can order online or visit their two locations in Roanoke.

Vault Coffee
Courtesy: Vault Coffee

SEPT

SEPT showcases stainable fashions from local and national designers curated by Project Runway designer Lela Orr. Located in Trinity Groves, this boutique is really taking fashion's sustainability trend head on. Most clothing items and accessories are also zero-waste products.

SEPT
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READ BETWEEN THE LINES

Read Between The Lines has two locations in North Texas. One in Plano at Legacy West and one in Victory Park near the American Airlines Center. Both locations have an extensive selection of hand-poured candles, notebooks, home decor, greeting cards and more. During the holidays, they are offering free gift wrapping.

Read Between the Lines
Courtesy: Read Between the Lines

THE PLANT PROJECT

Bree Clark opened The Plant Project in Uptown Dallas in November. It's the first, black-owned plant shop in Uptown on Routh Street.

"We are more than a plant shop. We are a place where love for a diverse community will grow. Where roots will be deeply rooted in our community. The Plant Project was created due to the lack of color in the Dallas plant world. Housed in an area that once upon a time was the first settlement of ex-slaves known as Freedman's Town. Now a place where all can grow together," Clark said.

Angelica Marie Photography
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CALYAN WAX CO.

The Calyan Wax Company prides itself on not just candles that smell good, but also merchandise that does good. Five-percent of the company's revenue is donated to fund the healing journey of survivors of human trafficking in North Texas. Their main location is in at 7901 Valcasi Dr. Suite 300 in Arlington, but you can also find their candles in Whole Foods markets across North Texas.

Calyan Wax Co.
Courtesy Calyan Wax Co.

GEMS BY THE FOOT

Gems By The Foot is a social impact company offering custom accessories from genuine gemstones. The Dallas-based company provides work opportunities to refugee women in the Dallas community at a living wage through jewelry and sewing pouches. Ten-percent of net profits from all Gems By The Foot sales also benefit programs of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Dallas, a leading refugee resettlement agency.

You can find them the week of Christmas with modified hours at The Slate on Farrington Street in Dallas.

Gems by the Foot
Courtesy Gems by the Foot

THE ARTISTRY OF ESSENTIAL OILS

The Artistry of Essential Oils is a Black woman owned, clean beauty company. Valencia McClure is a cancer survivor. She boasts her products as sustainable and formulated to be clean, non-toxic and natural. From fragrances to serums, to roll on stress relievers.

Artistry of Essential Oils
Courtesy Artistry of Essential Oils

GRAY CLAY PRINTS

Gray Clay Prints offers personalized ceramic handprints, foot prints and paw prints in the DFW area.  The process starts with a piece of clay that we take the impressions on. We then turn that piece of clay into a beautiful ceramic keepsake for you to display and always remember those sweet little hands and feet! You can gift a gift card for someone about to celebrate a special event.

Gray Clay Prints
Courtesy Gray Clay Prints

FRIENDS OF FAIR PARK

The gift that keeps on giving. The Friends of Fair Park invite you to buy a brick with someone's name on it as a gift. They say you can become part of Texas history on Fair Park's Texas Promenade Walkway on Grand Ave. next to the Administration offices and the Magnolia Lounge.

Friends of Fair Park
Courtesy Friends of Fair Park

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