Meet our Giveaway Basket Small Business Owners

A large woven basket, filled with colorful items from western Washington small businesses and decorative coniferous foliage, with a white Girl Scout trefoil and text that says, “Small Business Giveaway” at the side with a warm-colored backdrop.

During this holiday season, put your money where your heart is. State-wide COVID restrictions have made it difficult to safely shop locally in-stores, but with so many businesses pivoting to online marketplaces, you’ve got a lot more options to invest in your community and find great gifts this year. When you support small businesses, you are supporting someone’s dream. Girl Scout research shows that while women own only 39% of businesses in the US and employ only 4% of the workforce, 76% of girls are interested in starting their own business. That rises to 85% for Black girls and 81% for Latina girls.

There is an existing racial and gender disparity when it comes to promoting and shopping at small and locally-owned businesses. Girl Scouts of Western Washington wants to promote equity in our community by supporting small business owners who embody Girl Scout spirit, values, and aspirations. We’ve created a giveaway basket, featuring items from 11 local small businesses owned by people who identify as women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, People of Color, Indigenous, Black, Brown, and/or differently-abled/disabled. Get to know a little about them and help promote these small business owners by entering our small business giveaway, shopping their businesses, and spreading the word.

Erin Andrews, the owner of Indi Chocolate, holds up a s’mores kit from Indi Chocolate, with text that says, “Erin Andrews, Indi Chocolate, Alumna” at the top with a small green trefoil.

Indi Chocolate’s Girl Scout roots connect directly to founder and CEO, Erin Andrews. She attributes the entrepreneurial skills and confidence to start her now 10-year-old Seattle-based chocolate company to selling Girl Scout Cookies as a Brownie. Her daughter Indi—the business’s namesake—now leads her own troop! Erin works directly with cacao farmers around the world to provide a higher income to farmers. Check out the wide range of cacao-based products at her online storeGiveaway Item: Vanilla Nib S’mores Kit

Melissa Aaron, owner of The Kitchen Imp, stands outside, over a river surrounded by trees in a dark coat and purple scarf, with text that says, “Melissa Aaron, The Kitchen Imp” at the top.At The Kitchen Imp, you’ll find over 100+ organic and fair-trade spices, teas, and accessible recipes. Owner Melissa Aaron hopes to share a sense of play and magic that customers can find in their own kitchens. In the past six months, Melissa started a Pay What You Can program for folks who aren’t able to pay at the time of purchase, encouraging others who can spare more to pay-it-forward to fund the program. Spice up your life at her online storeGiveaway Item: 1 oz Speculaas Blend, 1.75 oz Vanilla sugar, 2.75 Imp’s Umami Powder

A sunlit portrait of Logan Niles, owner of Pot Pie Factory. With text that says Logan Niles, Pot Pie Factory at the top.Logan Niles brings over 30 years of culinary experience to her business, Pot Pie Factory. Since starting in 2016, Logan has garnered a lot of media attention and seen sales boom during the pandemic. Her intentions haven’t wavered: bring communities together with delicious and nutritious food. Her kitchen only uses antibiotic & hormone-free meats, no chemical additives, no flavor enhancers, and no preservatives. Pick up a meat, vegetarian, Paelo, Halal or gluten-free pot pie at her online storeGiveaway Item: $25 gift card

Bentia Smith stands in her store, Adorned Abode holding a tinned candle, surrounded by colorful shop items and plants, with white text that says, “Benita Smith, Adorned Adobe” at the top and, “Photo by Caitlyn Lunsford” at the bottom in black text.Inside the Old Historic Freighthouse Square in Tacoma, Benita Smith can find you a gift for anyone in your life within her store, Adorned Abode Boutique. Hailing from St. Louis, Benita brings her midwestern charm and positive life outlook to curating and selling locally made goods and fair trade items, while supporting other small businesses. Discover a treat for yourself or a loved one at her online storeGiveaway Item: You Matter messaged Pop-Open Cards, 30

Angela Larsen, the artist behind The Lovesome Dove, wears a black hoodie and holds up a sticker with the words “We Are All Worthy of Taking Up Space” and a sticker with the words “You Are Not Alone”, with text that says, “Angela Larsen, The Lovesome Dove” at the top.Based in Tacoma, Angela Larsen is the artist behind The Lovesome Dove, an illustration and screen-printed based business focused on feminism, self-love, and social justice and working to create meaningful connections with accessible and wearable art. Every month, Angela donates a portion of profits to organizations fighting for social and environmental justice. You can find her artwork and wearables at her Etsy shopGiveaway Item: “You Are Not Alone” and “We Are All Worthy of Taking Up Space” vinyl stickers

Heidi Xu, artist and owner of Krakken Design Co., holds up a succulent plant in a fox shaped cup with illustrations drawn around her, with a Girl Scout trefoil and text that says “Heidi Xu, Krakken Design Co., Alumna” on the top.Heidi Xu’s small Olympia-based sticker business, Krakken Design Co. began as a simple way for her to purchase more art supplies in high school. It quickly became more meaningful, turning into a way that she could express and support herself. As a Girl Scout alumna and current college student, Heidi sees how many aspects of attending school and selling stickers have “strong translational similarities to [her] experiences selling cookies with the troop.” You can find her artwork and stickers at her Etsy shop or online storeGiveaway Item: “Take All the Time You Need” vinyl snail sticker

Brianne Kampbell, the owner of Enlight Candle Co., holds up a Hello Fall scented candle in her studio, with text that says, “Brianne Kampbell, Enlight Candle Co.” at the top in white text.At her full-time job, Brianne Kampbell is an estate planning lawyer in Gig Harbor. During some dark times a few years back, after 17 years of logistical and detail-orientated work, she felt the need to express her creative side and started Enlight Candle Co. She sells 100% pure soy candles from soybeans grown in the U.S., wax melts, and reed diffusers in hopes of bringing light and beauty to the everyday. Bring some warmth and light into your home through her Etsy shop or online storeGiveaway Item: 4 oz. Hello Fall candle – warm pumpkin, cinnamon, and clove scents

Edwin Lindo and Estell Williams sitting on grass in a colorful garden, leaning on each other and smiling, with white text that says, “Edwin Lindo & Estell Williams, M.D., Estelita’s Library” at the top.Estelita’s Library is a community bookstore on North Beacon Hill filled with books focused on social justice, ethnic studies, and liberation movements. Co-owners Edwin Lindo and Estell Williams opened with the goal to host community book talks, classes, meetings, history lessons and so much more. While the store is closed to the public, you can shop their curated online library where a portion of your purchase goes back to local bookstores. Giveaway Item: “Let’s Talk About Race” illustrated book by Julius Lester

Tawnee Kinnebrew, the owner of Wyldwood Creative, holds up a macrame Rainbow Fiber Kit inside her Renton store, with text that says, “Tawnee Kinnebrew, Wyldwood Creative” at the top.Wyldwood Creative just celebrated its one-year anniversary at their Renton store. Owner Tawnee Kinnebew quickly pivoted from in-person sewing classes and helping customers find fabric, crafting kits and art supplies to an entirely online business model. Tawnee’ store is a space where anyone will be able to connect with their inner artist, and where she shares her love of crafting and sewing with the community. Find your next creative outlet at her online storeGiveaway Item: Fiber Rainbow Kit with vibrant yarn

Taylor Cox, the artist behind Coxswain Press, holds up letterpress card that says “Sending Long Distance Hugs” in her studio, with text that says, “Taylor Cox, Coxswain Press” at the top.Taylor Cox is a Pacific Northwest native and invested her undergraduate years at Pacific Lutheran University falling in love and developing her skills with letterpress printing, hand typesetting, and book arts. She now shares her talents as the artist and proprietor of Coxswain Press in Tacoma. She creates and sells artist books focusing on handwork and women’s rights, limited edition prints, and custom letterpress printed work. Purchase a one-of-a-kind piece at her Etsy shop or online storeGiveaway Item: 4×6 “Sending Long Distance Hugs” letterpress card + envelope

Erika Massaquoi, the founder and CEO of The Oula Company, wears a vibrant red Ankara face mask and matching dress, against a dark backdrop with text that says, “Erika Massaquoi, The Oula Company, Alumna” at the top with a small green trefoil.Girl Scout alumna Erika Massaquoi has been an art curator, Assistant Dean, a fashion journalist, professor, and currently flexes her brilliance as the founder and CEO of The Oula Company. Oula’s trans-seasonal clothing pieces use vibrant Ankara (African Wax Fabric), and versatile patterns in hopes that customers get a lifetime of use. When the pandemic surged, Erika pivoted her business to offer masks with the same materials and sustainable intent. All OULA garments are hand-cut and sewn locally in the USA. You can add a stylish piece to your wardrobe through her online storeGiveaway Item: Adjustable (adult) face mask

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