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Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season
Support Small Businesses This Holiday Season
Indianapolis, Indiana

This season, it’s more important than ever to support the local businesses we love.

When we contemplated what the holidays looked like at Browning this year we knew a large gathering wasn’t possible, but we wanted to show our employees how grateful we are for the work they do every day.  We tasked our elves with finding a bag full of goodies that were team favorites and supported local businesses.  We thought we’d share some of Browning’s favorite things on #SmallBusinessSaturday and throughout the holiday season. Lots of these retailers also have great websites where you can pick up curbside or have it delivered so you don’t even have to leave the house!

If you haven’t met Stephanie, she is our construction controller and the owner/operator of the Walking Waffle Company.  Over the summer you can find her at a variety of local farmers markets, but for now the waffles are at the Carmel Farmers Market on the 2ndand 4th Saturday.  (She also does catering orders and said something to us about the mini waffles and chicken nuggets making amazing little sliders… just thought you should know.)

Development associate Andrew Perry’s wife Megan is an acrylics, watercolors, and pastels artist born and raised in Indiana.  She is passionate about the creative process and draws inspiration from her surroundings, like the local bird print you’ve received. The art-making process allows Megan to slow down and enjoy the simple beauty of the everyday and she hopes it does the same for you.

Browning has a monthly tradition of celebrating birthdays and retired CFO David Gabovitch still brought us Brics to celebrate in the pre-pandemic world.  You can still visit Brics’ walk up window for a scoop or a pint to go and you’ll have at least 36 flavors to choose from at the store including vegan options.  (And just because the cold weather is settling in doesn’t mean it isn’t still the perfect season for ice cream.  Hellooooooo pies, cookies, and cake… meet ice cream.)

For all of you that knew and loved Taste Café on College Ave. back in the day – they are now a tenant of Innovation Building 1 at 16 Tech and remain a premier catering company.  They made us a luscious bittersweet chocolate biscotti to enjoy with the same Hubbard & Cravens Sobro Organic coffee they serve in their new shop – complete with an updated branded mug! 

The business started as Christmas gifts for family in a smoker he built himself, but the smoked salt went over so well Paul began selling it at farmers markets.  Paul begins with Atlantic Sea salt, kosher certified and non-iodized and smokes it in small batches, over single origin wood fires.  Whether mixed into a recipe or used to finish a dish, Circle City Smoke’s smoked sea salt brings a flavor like no other!

Based out of Carmel, Saidah Pearsall makes moisturizing skincare products that are a family tradition, plant based and handcrafted in small batches.  The winter weather can bring chapped skin, but this “Happy Hands” shea butter-based crème will keep your hands (and feet) very happy indeed.

Chocolatier Joann Hofer has a background in painting, but quickly recognized chocolate making as its own art form and eventually led her to open Xchocol’Art.   Working in small batches, her chocolate gifts are made by hand from chocolate carefully selected from Ecuador and Columbia.  These Mediterranean Sea Salted Caramels are a crowd favorite.

The LocalFolks Foods line originated with products made for local farmers’ markets from ingredients grown on Steve and Anita Spencer’s seventh-generation family farm in Sheridan, Indiana.  It has grown to a diverse line of natural and wholesome foods emphasizing a simple ingredient list and an identity rooted in the soils and flavors of the Midwest.  All that leftover turkey?  Their Stone-Ground Express Mustard will make your sandwich sing!

Tuttle’s has been around Greenfield since 1928 and we know several of you have visited for your apple and pumpkin picking in the fall.  Their farm store has over 2,000 local products and a café and sweet shop.  The apple butter is made from apples right off their trees.  It is the perfect treat on biscuits, toast, and we can’t wait to try it on one of Stephanie’s waffles!

Handmade luxury goat milk body products from Greenfield, Udders N Suds utilizes the benefits of raw goat milk.  The pH level in goat milk is similar to humans so it’s absorbed by skin with less irritation and helps keep bacteria at bay – perfect for lip balm at winter.

This award-winning gourmet popcorn company founded by twin sisters in Indy is an office favorite.  In addition to “classic” popcorn flavors, they frequently do collaborations with other great Indy culinary creations.  Shop online or check out their storefront in Broad Ripple where they sell and serve more than popcorn, enjoy patio dining with small plates and beverage service.

On Dorman Street you can find quite the meat treatery.  If you can’t fit a whole charcuterie board in your bag, this jerky is perfect for a snack.  Smoking Goose Meatery produces handcrafted, flavor packed protein treats. All Smoking Goose recipes begin on the farm – they partner with small, family farms in Indiana and neighboring states raising animals as nature intended.

The chippery is located near Broad Ripple Village where every step of their process is done by hand: selecting, slicing, seasoning, and packaging. The chips are made in small batches and delivered fresh. These all-natural, handmade artisan chips are made from Russet Potatoes, which result in slightly darker chips that are richer in flavor, lightly-seasoned and super crunchy. They also contain no preservatives, no trans fats, no MSG, and are gluten free… so these sounded like they check the health food box to us.

Edible Indy is a print and digital publication telling the story of local food in Central Indiana.  Great for ideas of where to eat, drink, shop, things to do, or recipes.

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