8 awesome California small businesses you should support
Here at Funding Circle, we like to consider ourselves small business experts — after all, we’ve worked with a lot of them! But every once in a while, we’re really wowed by the achievements of independent businesses who grow, thrive, and support their own communities.
To honor that Made to do More spirit for Small Business Week 2018, here are some of our favorite California businesses. We think all of these companies have an interesting story, provide great services, or sell stellar products. Hats off to these champs:
River + Sky
River + Sky epitomizes California through and through. Not only is their clothing made in Los Angeles, but their pieces are also designed with a typical (pretty perfect) California day in mind. Whether you’re looking for a sweatshirt, dress, or piece of jewelry, you’re bound to find something you’ll love. Even better, River + Sky uses eco-friendly materials to make their clothes, so you can feel good about making a sustainable purchase.
Shop River + Sky!
Silver’s at the Wharf
Who doesn’t love dinner with a view? Silver’s at the Wharf is a seafood restaurant in Noyo Harbor Fishing Village on the northern coast of California. Whether you want to snack on crab cakes and oysters while cheering on your favorite team in the sports lounge, scarf down fish tacos with your pup on the dog-friendly deck, or dine on cioppino and lobster tails while taking in the view, Silver’s is for you.
Visit Silver’s at the Wharf!
Founded in 1922, Melby’s Jewelers has been in the Melby family for four generations. Located in Santa Maria on the Central California coast, they sell a wide variety of jewelry — from diamond rings to pearl necklaces — and also offer services such as appraisals, engraving, custom design, and repairs. What sets Melby’s apart is their commitment to excellence, customer service, and passion for helping you celebrate life’s big moments.
Visit Melby’s Jewelers!
Brien O’Brien Salon
Located in Palm Springs, Brien O’Brien Salon has a long-standing reputation as one of the best hair salons in town. Enjoy the chic environment and spectacular views while experienced stylists and colorists make your hair look amazing.
Visit Brien O’Brien Salon!
Sundried Tomato Bistro
Sundried Tomato is a bistro located in downtown San Juan Capistrano (halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego). Boasting a 4.5 star rating on Tripadvisor, they offer a menu filled with sandwiches, salads, small plates, and other Californian classics. They also cater and host banquets if you ever need to feed a large group!
Visit Sundried Tomato Bistro!
Want to treat yourself or get in a good workout? Body Design is an athletic, wellness, and spa center in Newport Beach that offers fitness training, physical therapy, and spa services. It averages an impressive 4.5 stars on Yelp, with reviewers raving about the high-quality instructors.
Elite Dance and Performing Arts Center
If you’re looking for a fun new hobby or your child has the dance bug, try scheduling a class at the Elite Dance and Performing Arts Center in Woodland Hills. They offer classes that range from Aerial Arts and Ballet to Hip-Hop and Tap. Can’t decide on just one style? They also offer week-long camps that’ll allow you to try a variety of different styles.
Blush Raw Bar Lounge
Located in San Jose, Blush Raw Bar Lounge serves sushi, oysters, other seafood dishes, and cocktails in a contemporary atmosphere. Reviewers on Google give it an average of 4.3 stars, with many highlighting the great customer service, fun music, and delicious food.
Visit Blush Ice Bar!