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What began as an effort to boost small businesses in an economy suffering from a recession in 2010, has since grown into a nationwide movement that takes place after Black Friday to encourage people to do their holiday shopping at their local small businesses. Here are just a few in the Sandy, Utah area to get your planning underway. There is no need to venture far from your Red Sage townhome to check off most of the items on your holiday shopping list!

Juliann Caramels, 9493 S. 560 West
Looking for a tasty hostess gift or stocking stuffer? Juliann Caramels are made from fresh cream and sugar, no preservatives. Founder and CEO, Rowena Montoya launched her sweet business in 2012 and is expanding all over the country. Product development is always underway, and Montoya has created some unique caramel flavors like Very Hot Cinnamon and Mango Habanero. Gift crates are also available for those special clients or friends.

Honeysuckle Coffee, 8745 S. 700 East #2
This quaint coffee shop offers coffee sourced from local roaster, LaBarba and all food offerings are made fresh in house. Mini-quiches, sweet breads and other treats like muffins, cookies and cinnamon rolls are sure to please any sweet tooth. Stop in and purchase a bag of coffee or gift-card for the coffee-lover in your life. And if you’re entertaining house guests over the holidays, stock up your state-of-the-art Red Sage kitchen with this local coffee brand!

Minky Couture, 12300 S. 138 East #B
Founded by Sandi Summer Hendry in 2009, Minky Couture blankets are made from a soft, plush fabric (Minky) and come in a variety of patterns. Customize any size you like, or purchase one from one of their locations. These cozy blankets make a great gift for anyone, even corporate gift giving as they are luscious and provide great comfort and warmth. Your new Sandy, Utah home will be complete with some of their cozy throws in your living room!

Cactus & Tropicals, 12252 Draper Gate Drive
This local horticulture business has been providing plants, flowers and seasonal décor in Utah since 1975. Their design team can transform any business, home, lobby etc. for the holidays or other special occasions. Maintaining the health of plants with a weekly plant care service is also offered, and their specialist will replace your plant if it is not thriving. Stop in and pick up a lovely arrangement, plant or gift-card for the holidays. Add some color to your Red Sage townhome, and give as gifts!

Utah Home Fitness, 10875 S. State Street
With the new year approaching, many folks start a new fitness regimen. Why not purchase some equipment that will help keep the motivation going throughout the year? Utah Home Fitness has everything you need for that home gym from treadmills to exercise bikes. Kettlebells and weight benches are also available for those who are interested in strength training. Rowers and ellipticals also provide great core workouts, and the knowledgeable staff can assist in making recommendations for your goals.