Doing some shopping?
New Port Richey resident Sherry Stamback has some recommendations for small businesses that folks can check out. She’s making suggestions on her Facebook page.
Stamback is an artist and business owner in New Port Richey. She’s also known as “Spellbinding Sherry,” and she runs “Spellbinding Intuitive Services.”
“I do believe that spending money in small businesses is a great investment in community,” she said on Facebook. “To the best of my ability I SHOP SMALL (businesses) whenever possible.”
It’s the holiday season. Black Friday is on the horizon. Small Business Saturday, sponsored by American Express, is this Saturday, Nov. 25.
Stamback shared her wisdom on Small Business Saturday:
Of the ‘Small Business Saturday’, which a particular credit card company has put themselves behind, I am of two views. First, of course, support small business as often as possible, including this coming Saturday. Second though, I believe the use of said credit card to do so would be sabotaging the entire concept. Use cash or use a debit card, which is only backed up by one's own checking/savings account. Every day is a Small Business day.
Here are some of Stamback’s recommendations. Many offer their wares online (she has her own style of writing and formatting we’ve preserved when it comes to listing her recommendations):
- Dot’s Dish Garden (Located in New Port Richey)
Unique and beautiful artwork made from plates and glassware.
Sherry says: Sherry Downing of Dot's Dish Garden
creates beautiful glass flowers for your garden.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DotsDishGarden
- Peace-Love-Paddle (Located in New Port Richey)
Paddle sports instruction service.
Sherry says: I've paddled for more than 6 years
but after Ed Lawlor taught me for a few hours
I realized I'd known hardly anything, previously.
- Suncoast Co-op (A cooperative of local produce growers in Pasco and North Pinellas counties)
Sherry says: Buy fresh food as a gift that nourishes all year long.
Eric Stewart can hook you up with Suncoast Co-op.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SuncoastCoop
Phone: (727) 366-8949
- Pasco Camera Exchange (Located in New Port Richey)
Offers camera equipment and accessories.
Sherry says: Expand your photographic perspective.
Jim Smetzer can often find what you're looking for
in the world of cameras and he offers classes too.
Address: 5405 Main Street, New Port Richey
Phone: 727) 844-0904
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pasco-Camera-Exchange
- Mystic Firefly (Located in New Port Richey)
Sherry says: PERFECT for those giftees
who love to collect art:
(I have several Mystic Firefly pieces.)
Joanne Newlin Beatty sells her work via etsy, but folks in the area can meet her in person and see the full array of her beautiful artwork.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MysticFireflyCreations
Sacred readings, art, rites and more.
Sherry says: Spiritual insight is a lovely gift to share.
Remember I offer tarot and henna readings
as well as birth chart interpretation
and I deliver messages from the blessed dead.
All of these serve to nourish the Soul.
- Rupert’s Tales (Located in New Port Richey)
Tales of Rupert is a children’s book series featuring a rabbit learning about the Pagan holiday and religion. Kyrja, the author, calls the series’ fans and supporters the Friends of Rupert.
Sherry says: Invite Rupert to your holiday doings;
catch him while you can, he's getting mighty popular.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfRupert
- Nature's Clay Art (Located in the New Port Richey area)
Sherry says: Roxie Spell does some beautiful work with clay.
She is especially well known for her "tea leaves."
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NaturesClayArt
- Skye Metaphysical Mall (Located in Spring Hill)
A spiritual Healing Shop and Psychic Readings
Sherry says: One of my favorite colleagues is Skye Metaphysical.
In addition to her work as a reader,
she sells a broad array of delightful clothing
and creates beautiful artwork which swirls with color and feeling.
(I've got one of her pieces in my studio)
Address: 4039 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill, Florida
Sherry says: Themed birdhouses
and themed bamboo arrangements
made by Marti Edwards and Michele Lamanna.
Phone: 530-305-8299 for Marti and 727-389-4846 for Michele
Can be found at:11721 US 19 - USA Flea Market -North St space number 7, Hudson, FL
- Environ/MENTAL (Located in Hudson)
Offers a ”variety of handcrafted items to help create a greener earth & calmer mind. We specialize in upcycled art, accessories, & home decor. Handcrafted textiles & upcycled art, custom bags, reusable lunch sets, electronic cases, wallets, and vintage materials,” according to its Facebook page.
Sherry says: Kristina and Gary create
handmade interesting stuff
like upcycled change purses,
magnets for your fridge
and nifty artsy things.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/environMENTALshop?ref=ts&fref=ts
- Steve LaMantia (custom tattoo artist in Tampa)
Sherry says: Tattoos are a gift you never have to dust. Steve LaMantia does beautiful, professional work.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lammy2012
- Bezl LaBonte (Located in Sarasota)
LaBonte is an artist and musician who offers drums and sculptures.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bezl.labonte