Supporting Small Businesses

Do you love crafts, but aren’t crafty?

Do you walk into Hobby Lobby and love the crafty wall hangings and home decor, but hate the arm and leg you hand over at the register?

Well, friends, I’m here to offer you an alternative: A cost-effective, craft-lovers alternative- Big Six Creations.

Big Six Creations is just one of the many small businesses that can be found on Missouri Makers.

What Is Missouri Makers?

I’m glad you asked! Missouri Makers is an online platform composed of various small businesses in and around Missouri. In a nutshell, the mission of this platform is to bring consumers and small businesses together.

Remember the days of craft fairs and Renaissance Festivals? I do! Unfortunately, they have become a thing of the past since the spread of Covid.

It’s anyone’s guess when we will have those days again, but events such as those are not only a craft-lover’s paradise- they are a crafter’s means of income.

Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, Julie Jones Kruppe, created Missouri Makers in the wake of Covid because she understands all too well the struggles small business owners everywhere are currently experiencing.

With traditional practices temporarily suspended- festivals and trade shows- small business owners have had to adapt.

Missouri Makers welcomes that adaptation offering them exposure and therefore, sustainable revenue during these difficult and unforeseen times.

Types Of Businesses Found On Missouri Makers

Missouri Makers has such a diverse selection of small businesses and products that you’re guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy.

It’s literally a one-stop-shop for any and all of your “shopping soirées.”

The website is broken down into categories so that you, the consumer, find your desired item with as much ease as possible.

The various categories are as followed:

  • Beauty / Skin Care
  • Children
  • Clothing
  • Crochet / Knitting
  • Gifts
  • Health & Wellness
  • Home Decor
  • Jewelry
  • Pets

Upon selecting a category, you’re then taken to a plethora of small businesses. From there, you can visit those businesses’ individual websites, search their products, and then shop til you drop! Well, or until your fingers fall off since this would be online shopping.

Who Is Julie Kruppe?

When I said earlier that Julie is an Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, I wasn’t kidding.

In addition to creating Missouri Makers- a haven for Missouri small business owners- she also created her own crafting business in May of 2020 known as Big Six Creations.

Her serial entrepreneurship didn’t even stop there, as she took up freelance copywriting in 2019.

Julie attributes her serial entrepreneurship to her life-long love of creating and her gift for all things “crafty.” It should come as no surprise that her business, Big Six Creations, is centered around homemade decor, accessories, and personalized crafts.

All About Big Six Creations

When you first hear of a business, do you ever wonder where it got its name? Think of restaurants, for example: Red Robin, Jack In The Box, Smashburger, Olive Garden. Those are some pretty catchy titles, am I right? But what I want to know is, do they hold any special significance? Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t.

Big Six Creations is definitely catchy, but is it catchy just for catchiness sake? The answer is no- no it is not.

Big Six Creations has a special meaning in the way that it’s named after the 6 fundamentals (otherwise known as the big six) Julie’s husband has for his football players: investment, respect, discipline, toughness, effort-finish, and love the process.

These Big Six fundamentals are practical not just in football, but in every aspect of life. When it came time for Julie to name her business, the Big Six was perfect.

Popular Products Of Big Six Creations

“If you think it, we can probably create it!”

Those are Julie’s words and I’ll tell you right now, she’s not lying. Remember when I said that Julie loves creating?

Well, in addition to home decor and accessories, Julie also creates personalized gifts. What this means is if you want something outside her traditional offerings, you can tell her what you want and she will do her best to make it for you.

Julie’s Etsy site is full of unique gifts: The most notable being a Tic-tac-toe Board and Beer Caddy (personalized options of each also available).

Below is a list of Big Six’s most popular creations:

  • Dad Picture Frame
  • Door Hangers
  • Engraved Monogram Bib
  • Custom Cutting Boards
  • Scrabble Tiles
  • Tic-tac-toe Board
  • Beer Caddy

Each and every creation listed above can be customized: Picture frames and door hangers can be a preferred color, bibs can be monogrammed with any name, cutting boards can have any saying / recipe engraved, and don’t even get me started on the Tic-tac-toe pieces.

Julie goes above and beyond, pouring her heart into each and every craft she creates. That’s what I mean when I say that almost everything (if not everything) is customizable. Her only goal is creating your perfect gift.

Support Your Small Businesses

Walmart and Target have enough of your money. Sorry to be frank, but it’s true. Walmart and Target are perfect for every day shopping: groceries, toiletries, workout clothes, even generic home decor. Believe me, I frequent each one at least twice a week.

However, when you’re looking to buy a birthday, baby shower, or holiday gift, please don’t resort to Walmart or Target. Instead, visit your local small businesses! Visit their website, social media page, or brick and mortar location (if they have one).

I promise that you will find quality, unique, homemade gifts at a fair price that your loved ones will cherish for years. Like Julie, a lot of small business owners customize for their customers, which is a special touch you won’t find at those Big Box retailers. You’re also guaranteed superb customer service when you shop small businesses because they want to keep you coming back.

Small businesses need your support now more than ever. Please go out and support them. They’ve always been here for you. Now it’s time for you to be there for them.

Just a writer trying to make her mark on the world.