Every few weeks until life returns to normal we are highlighting small business.  This effort hopes to make you aware of fun boutiques you might not have heard of and thus, start supporting them.  Secondly, we should support our US-based businesses, buy less, buy better quality products that last.  And please email with suggestions of companies in your own local markets that could be highlighted in the future.

Today I will mention two businesses.  I have visited both, in person. 

Calypso Cottage
Calypso Cottage is based in Beaufort, NC (not to be confused with Beaufort, SC and the NC town is pronounced “Bo fort”)

The bricks and mortar store is tiny, in a small house, a few blocks from the main shopping area. You almost have to know it is there.  It appears that they are just starting to put their products online.   The store offers just what you’d expect from its name – cute island-like dresses, jewelry and linens.  If India Hicks had a store this would be it.  I love their jewelry and have the most magnificent bead necklace that I purchased a few years ago.  Hoping that they’ll continue to add to their website. But here are a few of my picks:

Love this Ikat dress, perfect for pandemic dressing.

Beaufort Linen Company
This cute store is on the main drag in Beaufort and offers a great selection of clothing, jewelry, hats, linens and decor items. Their products range from incredibly reasonable to pricey and I’ve noticed that they do run out of things – so if you like something you should snag it.  The website is regularly updated. There is a lot to love here.  This is the inside of the store.

Here are some of my picks:

Love this casual dress, a great buy at $38.  See it here.