Supporting local means something different to everyone. Shopping at your nearest farmer’s market, grabbing a morning coffee from your favorite local spot, or even making the effort to check out Miami bands at some of our city’s awesome venues. For some of us, the support local way has been a part of our lives for as long as we can remember. For others, it’s only just beginning. We asked a handful of local creatives and proud residents how they give back to the city and here’s what they said:
“I support local through my love for the local live music scene. The Miami music community is full of talent and good people, and I’m very proud to be a part of it. My favorite local spots I always check out are Lagniappe, The Miami Flea, The Corner for Jazz Night on Tuesdays, and of course Ball & Chain.” – Raquel Sofia, International Music Badass.
“A local favorite I always support is 4 Paws Only dog groomer & boarding on 79th ST to take care of our family pets. Angelique is a hair and makeup stylist in our industry but also a “dog whisperer”. She diagnosed my little dog with diabetes while we were out of town and pretty much saved her life while boarding her. Now she is the only groomer up for the task of washing my 100 lbs, long-haired, White Kuvasz with so much love. I love her!” – Liesel Harivel, Co-Owner Ace Props & Harivel Studios.
“As a Miami native and small business owner, supporting local is something that comes natural. I can say it all started when I was a little girl and my mother ran her own clothing store. Just seeing her hustle, seeing her work and her dedication to the community and her business inspired me to do as well. Supporting local means my community thrives and our local economy strengthens – It means my business and your business grow together. It’s easier for some to choose otherwise, but there is nothing more rewarding to me than knowing where my products come from and creating relationships and connections with amazing local business owners.” – Andrea ‘FujiFilm Girl’ Lorena, Professional Photographer and Prism’s Official Lens.
“I love biking over the Rickenbacker Causeway to Virginia Key for a beautiful sunset happy hour. Nothing better than a picnic on our local beaches surrounded by friends. The ice cream truck that comes rolling by at the perfect time is always the cherry on top.” – Alex Larmier, Real Estate Agent.
“I love to support local! You’d be blind not to notice that there is so much talent here, Miami’s bursting at the seams. Creative teams like Spin Gallery, Palm Creative, husband & wife duo Never Sleep, and local publication Steadfast Magazine are churning out cool content like crazy. Additionally, there’s a recently-launched (f)empower movement spearheaded by Helen Peña (@creativethirst), which aims to bring together and empower SoFla femmes in all creative spheres including but not limited to writing, fashion, photography, and design. Then, when it comes to refueling, two of my favorite spots at the moment are ALL DAY – because breakfast all day is a plus and the coffee+food are legit, and Ono Poke Shop – fresh and fast poke bowls that are the real deal. As for shopping local, brands that have most recently caught my eye are Almost Always Vintage, DAMA, JAEST, and Rare Atlantic. And lastly, when it comes to keeping that healthy glow, I turn to Miami brands like INA DAYLE and Baiser Beauty‘s natural (and cruelty-free!) beauty/skincare products.” – Jana Carrero, OjandCigs