Small Business Saturday 2018

Happy Small Business Saturday, Friends!

Each year we like to take the time to support and feature local makers, entrepreneurs and service providers in an effort to bring a little holiday cheer to our community!

I know each of these business owners personally, and I’m so excited to introduce them to you!

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Up first, We have Brooke Preece, Owner & Photographer of Brooke Preece Portraits.

Brooke is a San Diego mama to 3 year old twins & creates the most amazing portrait style headshots for business owners! She opened her in-home studio last year & loves that her daughters are involved in the process of watching Mommy grow and work her business! They know all the equipment and can even press the shutter on her camera all by themselves. She loves working from home and that her girls get watch her chasing those entrepreneurial dreams. She wants to encourage you to give the gift of a Celebrity Style portrait experience, rather than another present. She loves shooting individuals, couples, sisters & mother-daughter sessions. Her sessions are perfect right before a night out because you can stop by, get your glam on, shoot your portraits and head out on the town.

Her Holiday deal includes a $290 Gift Voucher to Brooke Preece Portraits.

The voucher includes a double makeover and photoshoot with Brooke Preece Portraits, plus $100 print credit.

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You can find Brooke online at or on Instagram at @Brookepreecesd

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Next Up is Miss Mary of MagPie Madness Jewelry.

Mary is a Handmade Artisan Jeweler, crafting creations of her own as well as custom pieces. I’ve commissioned Mary to create multiple custom pieces for my own brand as well as gifts for clients, and they’re always a huge hit! Mary loves Jesus, words, cats, people and art. She was trained as an English teacher, then counselor, and now a designer. Her family has recently transitioned from homeschooling to public, so her time is even more free to create and cook. Owning a business has been a new venture after years in non-profit work, but she has so enjoyed creating and seeing women find just the right piece of jewelry to make their ensemble.

This Holiday Season she is offering FREE shipping and gift wrapping on any purchase of $25 or more!

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You can find her online at or on Instagram @magpiejewelry

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Our third feature is the fabulous Charmaine Lindsay-Engdahl of Ruby Ribbon.

I’ve known Charmaine personally and professionally since I moved to San Diego in 2014, and I can tell you, this girl knows how to throw a party! If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending a trunk show with Charmaine, you’re missing out. She brings a wealth of experience and personality to the fashion industry as her former jobs include Engineer at GM, Fashion Model, and even some Executive Assistant and non-profit experience! She loves her family and the fact that her job allows her the time freedom to spend with her daughter & new grand babies as well as her 87 year old Mama (they just returned from a cruise together!). Charmaine helps ladies “Ditch their bras” and replace them with a more comfortable, flattering alternative. She sells shape wear along with the entire Ruby Ribbon fashion line.

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This Holiday Season, when you spend $150 with Charmaine, you have the opportunity to purchase 3 additional pieces at ½ price!

You can find Charmaine online at or on Instagram at @islandgirl563 Be sure to contact her to book your holiday girlfriend get together or book a personal styling appointment!

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Next, my bestie Hannah Lebron, Brow Boss at BBHL.

You can find Hannah slaying eyebrows, providing relaxing facials and creating awesome microblading work (I hear she is super well-known amount her peers for this!).

You can check out her holiday deals at and follow her on Instagram at @beautybyhannahlebron

Last but not least, my girl Debbie Lou of College Nannies!

This one is for the stressed out mamas, holiday party goers and parents with kiddos who could use a tutor! Debbie is the super sweet franchise owner of College Nannies Poway. Debbie was born and raised in San Diego and has spent her entire life living in the Golden State. She earned a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has a background in teaching, research, and nonprofit management.

Debbie got her first taste of entrepreneurship when she spearheaded a neighborhood farmers market. The satisfaction gained from directly serving families and communities led her to becoming a CNS+T owner. She looks forward to providing Poway and its environs with top-notch and personalized childcare and tutoring solutions. In her spare time, Debbie and her husband Tim volunteer for Southern California German Shepherd Rescue and educate children on how to interact safely with dogs. She provides full-service, customized child care and tutoring solutions to busy families in San Diego.

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This holiday season Debbie is offering 50% off regular enrollment fee for on-call sitter service, with use of the MySitters mobile app.

You can find Debbie online at or on Instagram at @cnstpoway

Thanks for stopping by and learning about a few of the awesome gals that make up our small business community!

This #smallbusinesssaturday I challenge you to support a small biz owner in some way. Even sharing a post or recommending them online with a review can make a huge difference!

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