Holiday Small Business Guide!

As a new small business owner, I am constantly brainstorming about how to find new clients, customers and just plain get my name out there. I have always appreciated supporting local businesses rather than big box stores as it makes more of a financial impact to individuals.

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This year I have compiled a list of people I know in my circle who own small businesses. (If I forgot you, please forgive me, I can definitely give you a shout out too.)

Consider patronizing from them. I’ve divided my list into categories (Arts/Business Services/Food and Culinary/Health and Wellness/Real Estate/Spirituality)and given a bit of info on each. I just thought it would be my way to give back by sharing a little publicity.

The list:

Burnt Toast Kitchen NYC’s Holiday Guide of Small Businesses in  My World


Lorelei Arts

Lorelei of Lorelei Arts offers caricature portraits as well as pop art inspired color portraits of individuals, families, pets and business associates. I work from photos that you supply.Also available are gift certificates for art lessons and coaching in caricature, cartooning and expressive arts via Skype. She’s available to draw and paint your wedding, birthday, special event in NYC.Please reach me via Facebook or Instagram.

Melanie Wesslock PHOTOGRAPHY

NYC based photographer specializing in events, product & portrait photography.

Business Services

Accounting Management Inc.

With over a decade of experience Providing CFO/COO and accounting services. AMI partners with clients to help grow, scale and manage their business. Jelina Saliu, Founder

Food and Culinary

Busy Bee Organics

Busy Bee Organics is an established, unique meal prep company and CAFE(!) local to Jersey City and Hoboken. With a staff of nutrition professionals and natural food chefs, our fully prepared meals are designed with your health and busy schedule in mind. Busy Bee was established in 2014 and focuses on making your life easier through “peace of mind” organic, nutrient-dense ingredients meant to help you power through your day. All of our meals are plant based, gluten-free and dairy-free to start with your choice to add on a responsibly raised meat or cheese to any dish! Vegetarian? Vegan? Paleo? No problem, we have your back- All meals are customizable to your preference! @busybeeorganics: Instagram Busy Bee Organics: facebook

Greene Acres Farm

A small-scale farm in Upstate NY selling syrup, tasty treats and unique treasures

Guerrilla Fanfare 

A Bronx based Gourmet Food Brand.

We founded Guerrilla Fanfare on our love of quality food and our passion local business. Using our experience in our local food communities, we curate a seasonal selection for our tribe. Let’s take the intelligent and community focused ape into a celebration of sorts. Embody the strength of organic, plant based ingredients, and add culture. This is our trumpet song, proud and bold. Posting up, Popping Out,and Putting Our Community First.

Vegan and Regular Coquito! ​It’s Coquito Season!! I run a small NYC based online speakeasy, selling this amazing seasonal product.

My website:

My IG account: @GuerillaFanfare

Milk Money Kitchen

Milk Money Kitchens is the premiere shared-kitchen facility in New York City that is helping to launch and scale food businesses. Our beautiful kitchen spaces can accommodate a variety of food entrepreneurs and are fully-equipped for most (if not all) of your culinary needs. Not only do we increase your volume, we also help make you more successful with financial and operations assistance.  Start your food business in MMK with less risk and more success! Rent a kitchen. Build a business. Build a future.

Purple Kale Kitchenworks

In small, hands on classes and through her recently released cookbook, The Nimble Cook, chef Ronna Welsh teaches cooking strategies for a new kind of meal planning, one where you improvise excellent, original meals, without rote execution of recipes, and adapted to the circumstances, whims, and mishaps of life.  She teaches both public and private classes in her Sunset Park loft studio. Private classes can be one-on-one or you can split the cost between friends, for a great deal.

gift ideas:

the cookbook private class/ gift certificate to group class

SouthPaw Sweets

Made to order hand decorated cookies, cupcakes, and candy!

Health and Mind/Body Wellness

Bade Collection

We specialize in elevated hemp pain relief, handcrafted in Harlem and sourced from woman owned farms.

You can also find us at The Renegade in Brooklyn on December  21st & 22nd.

Free Your Spine


After teaching dance, movement and Pilates for over a decade, I saw an opportunity for a new, more flexible approach to moving the body mindfully but playfully. I wanted to develop a creative way to relieve back pain and bring fun back into the body and spine.After testing and refining my approach with my students over years, I’ve created a unique Free Your Spine “move little and often” approach to make my method accessible to people everywhere.

https://www.freeyourspinepilates.compeople everywhere

Uplift Yoga with Liz

A practice where your mind and body meets spirit. A space created to reclaim your well- being through the power of awareness, healing and empowerment. Experience the gentle flow of breath and movement embraced by a blissful restorative sequence, as you tap into a deeper state of relaxation and rejuvenation with yoga nidra meditation and sound vibration. 

Living Towards Wholeness Workshop, March 20-22, 2020 

For more information: Liz Sostre 646-966-0452

Real Estate

Holly’s Staten Island Buzz Realty Inc. is dedicated to educating the home buyer and seller, while getting to know you and your unique lifestyle and goals. As your Staten Island Real Estate resource you will be provided with professional trustworthy advice and service while guided through your entire home buying or selling process.


Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman

Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman Mama Donna Henes, Urban Shaman Tarot Readings, Classes, Ceremonies for every occasion.

“Henes is the real deal—prepare to leave with a newfound appreciation for the occult.” -Time Out New York

And Me! Burnt Toast Kitchen NYC

Burnt Toast Kitchen NYC is a vegetable-focused personal chef/classes and small events business. I specialize in whole food, spice-driven delicious vegetarian and vegan cooking.  Give the gift of yumminess this holiday season and beyond. A gift certificate is the present that gives twice! A chef-prepared dinner/cooking class/meal delivery are great gifts for your loved ones.

IG @burnttoastchef

FB @burnttoastkitchennyc

have a sparkly holiday season everyone!

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