Small Business Crushes

Posted on 29 June 2020

In this time of social distancing and working from home, we're more appreciative than ever of the small businesses who work hard to be a beacon of joy and creativity not only in these difficult times, but every day.


As a way of saying thanks for inspiring, nourishing, and entertaining us, we wanted to share a handful of the people, places and things that we're crushin' on. Enjoy!

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Makers
Gretchen Powers | Powers Provisions

POWERS PROVISIONS
Kailua, HI


A master crafter, Gretchen creates chunky knit accessories, beaded jewelry, and prints and postcards -- among other unique wares -- inspired by the scenery she finds on her travels around the U.S.

FROM COAST TO CRAG

@powersprovisions
The Noisy Plume

THE NOISY PLUME
Snake River, ID


Metalsmith, photographer, writer, and farmer extraordinaire, Jillian crafts stunning jewelry that pays homage to the rural Idahoan landscape she traverses, often on horseback.

+OF THE WEST+

@thenoisyplume
Candace Taylor | Conscious Kitchen

CONSCIOUS KITCHEN
Winooski, VT


With a focus on wholeness and living with the land, Candace brews small-batch, organic body products and medicinals out of the plants she grows in her urban homestead garden. 

HOMESTEAD GROWN

@consciouskitchenvt
Artists
Ilka Hadlock

ILKA HADLOCK
Bellingham, WA


A freelance designer, Ilka creates illustrations and graphics to adorn anything from skis to airplanes. When not performing digital wizardry, she's normally found atop a mountain.

SHOP ILKA x SKIDA 

@ilka.graphics
Brooklyn Bell

BROOKLYN BELL
Bellingham, WA


"My art is inspired by my friends, the inside jokes between us, and the stories and photos they share with me. I create art to create culture and connect with my community."

FEEL CONNECTED

@badgal_brooky
Jessa Gilbert

JESSA GILBERT
Nelson, BC


Often found breaking trail, Jessa is an artist and backcountry snowboard guide. We've admired her fun, playful, and intentionally created work for years, especially her #getoutoftown vibe series.

SHOP JESSA x SKIDA 

@jessagilbert
Places
Seek Studio

SEEK STUDIO
Salt Lake City, UT


Offering yoga, cycling, and strength classes, Seek Studio is the go-to place to brighten your day. Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions, Seek now offers online classes to balance your soul from home!

GET SWEATY

@seekstudio
Intrinsic Provisions

INTRINSIC PROVISIONS
Hingham, MA


Intrinsic Provisions is a small, family-owned business (and proud Skida retailer!) that believes in being fed by the outdoors and always asks the question, "what's intrinsic to you?".

SEE FEEL TOUCH

@intrinsicprovisions
Rackk & Ruin

RACKK & RUIN
Burlington, VT


Molly Conant started crafting jewelry in 2009, opening her studio doors three years later to create a shoppable work space. Now, her handmade pieces anchor racks of dreamy vintage wears.

SHOP SUSTAINABLY

@rackkandruin
Food
In Season

IN SEASON
Jackson, WY

Serving up mouthwatering woodfired pizzas and sourdough creations, Franny and Blaine offer a CSA-style bread share, while continuously expanding their catering hustle.

OUTDOOR COOKING

@inseasonjh
KickStand Coffee & Kitchen

KICKSTAND
Hood River, OR


What began as just a small coffee shop has turned into a favorite full-service restaurant of Hood River locals. Featuring an outdoor patio and fire pit for s'mores - it's all about the ambience.

COFFEE & KITCHEN

@kickstandcoffeekitchen
Cafe Mamajuana

CAFE MAMAJUANA
Burlington, VT


Using food as a vessel of tradition and nostalgia, Cafe Mamajuana's mission is to connect the people of Burlington and beyond with Dominican, Afro-Caribbean, and Spanish culture.

ODE TO DNA

@cafemamajuanavt
Personalities
Katie Burrell

KATIE BURRELL
Vancouver, BC


"Now I just want good times on skis. I love filmmaking on skis, I love the process and being in the field. It's all about the low-key endorphins for me: it's fun and connects me to a community."

DREAM JOB

@katieburrelltv
justin leveille

JUSTIN "STAN" LEVEILLE
Burlington, VT


Once described as a "snowboard journalist", Justin, or Stan, as he is more commonly known, has long been the sole flag bearer on his crusade to critique snowboarding with comedy.

LAST RESORT

@mysonstan
Alyssa Limperis

ALYSSA LIMPERIS
Los Angeles, CA


Gifted at accents and impressions, Alyssa has been named Best Online Sketch Performer by the New York Times. Her humorous musings have cost Corinne, our founder, hours of productivity.

MEET ALYSSA

@alyssalimp
Travel
Above the Clouds

ABOVE THE CLOUDS
Burlington, VT


Refining the art of adventure travel since 1982, AtC takes small groups of travelers on trips to a few unique destinations, connecting with pristine landscapes and their indigenous populations.

VISIT NEPAL

@abovethecloudstrav
9 Vallees

9 VALLEES
Tignes, FR


Since 1980, 9 Vallees Ski Safari has led off-piste mountain adventures for ski lovers who want to experience great powder snow conditions from the Alps to the Andes, and beyond...

POWDER EXPERTS

@9vallees
Aurora Arktika

AURORA ARTIKA
Isafjordur, IS


Explore the North Atlantic aboard expedition sailboats, Aurora-Artika, and access ski and running adventures in dream-like, remote landscapes with the added comfort and safety of a base ship.

FIND YOUR DREAMSCAPE

@auroraarktika
Athletes
Madison Ostergren

MADISON OSTERGREN
Salt Lake City, UT


Dreamy landscapes of alpine ridgelines fill Madison's Instagram feed. A jill-of-all-trades, Madison can be found running up and skiing down mountains year-round in Utah's Wasatch range.

MADE FOR MOUNTAINS

@madisonnnrose
Ayesha McGowan

AYESHA MCGOWAN
Decatur, GA


As the first female African-American pro road cyclist ever, Ayesha strives to promote inclusivity and inspire other African-American women and youth to follow their dreams, as she follows hers.

A QUICK BROWN FOX

@ayesuppose
David Norris

DAVID NORRIS
North Pole, AK


Way up in the Alaskan wilderness, David Norris pursues his dream of earning a spot on the 2022 Olympic Cross-Country Team, while also mountain biking and trail running in the off-season.

GRAND MASTER

@grandmasternorris





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