Small Business Summer

Summer is right around the corner, so here are 5 small businesses you should support as you head out on vacation:

High Spirits Tea – Sam & Angie’s

Catch the sunrise with a hot cup of High Spirits Tea from Sam & Angie’s. Sam & Angie’s is a POC two-person business that focuses on healing of the Earth through their mystical merchandise. This natural tea blend elevates mornings with an herbal blend of organic cacao shells, organic tulsi leaf, organic cinnamon, organic ginkgo biloba, organic honeybush, and organic cloves. I enjoyed a cup to set the intention for a relaxing day of painting. I added the blend to my tea strainer, added some honey, and sipped away. The flavor is spicy, uplifting, and very earthy and is just as delicious over ice for a midday drink.

Inside Then Out – Better Every Day Journal

Summertime means rest, relaxation, and being the best version of myself. To get my mind right I’ve been journaling in my Better Every Day Journal from Inside Then Out. Founded by BIPOC entrepreneur Nya Jones in 2020 to encourage self-development and self-knowledge, she created Inside Then Out. Each month focuses on an overarching theme, such as love, happiness, and self-care. The sleek vegan leather notebook adds an air of elegance on my coffee table, prompting me to want to journal every morning. I’ve used this journal from the pool to the park, jotting down all my inner desires to create who I truly want to be. You can do it too with the Better Every Day Journal.

Cheyanne Symone – Head Lady Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings
Simple jewelry screams summer and what’s more summer-y than freshwater pearls? Introducing Head Lady Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings from Cheyanne Symone! Founded by indigenous woman Brittany C Turner, this jewelry brand focuses on luxury handcrafted pieces. Each gorgeous pair of earrings takes about 2-8 hours to make and sources the highest quality materials for eco-conscious pieces. I wear my earrings to the farmers market, outdoor festivals, and even when just hanging around a bonfire. The eye-catching beadwork is bound to make everyone stop you and ask “Where did you get your earrings?” And you can reply “Cheyanne Symone.”

Seven Pines Apothecary

Concerts are a part of my summer diet and to put me in the boho spirit, I reach for my Seven Pines Apothecary products. To set the tone, I light the Meditation Candle. Made with 100% USA-grown soy, hemp fibers, and amethyst crystals, this candle puts me in a mystical mood. Scented with Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary, and Cedarwood oils, it evokes serenity to the senses. I take my time to set an intention for the evening, light up, and enjoy the smells of herbal upliftment as I step into the shower.

Once I towel off, moisturization is a must with Aphrodite Body Cream. Only the smallest amount is needed of this smooth butter filled with oils to nourish parched skin. An ode to the goddess herself, the body cream contains love-attraction scents of Rose, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang, and Vanilla. I use this cream as aromatherapy in my self-care routine to manifest passion, love, and harmony to my mind, body, and the planet. The cream is made from 100% organic, sustainable, cruelty free, vegan, GC/MS tested essential oils and carriers, so no bad karma here! I top off my routine with the Protection Essential Oil roll on. It was created to protect your energy with a fragrant blend of Pure Rose, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, Lavender, Frankincense, and jojoba oil before meditation, spiritual work, or on a day-to-day basis. I apply it behind my ears, on and on my throat and décolletage before heading out the door for a concert (a place with many people at various energy levels). I need all the protection to keep high vibes, making Protection a necessity in my bag this summer.


Summer fun includes bar hopping, beach parties, and BBQ’s – solo or with girlfriends. One must-have to keep myself safe is the NightCap scrunchie. Created by Shirah Benarde, then age 16, after a friend’s drink was spiked, the idea appeared to her in a dream. She fashioned pantyhose and a scrunchie over a cup which led to the birth of NightCap. NightCap is a scrunchie that transforms into a drink cover with an opening for a straw. Nothing comes in: whether drugs, sand, bugs, or as she told me “pets who like to take a drink of mom’s water when she isn’t looking.” (She’s talking about my fur babies, of course). The cover is a deterrent to anyone who has ill intentions and gives drinkers a peace of mind while out having a good time. After all, girls just wanna have fun and NightCap empowers folks to do so. I’ve used NightCap while tailgating, at concerts, and even during a chill night at local bars. No one should be fearful of having fun, so pick up NightCap for all your summer adventures for you and your besties.