#SHOPLOCAL
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Supporting local retailers and designers, whether they’re located within my community or while I am traveling abroad, has always been something I encourage and practice whenever I can. While traveling to Bangkok, Thailand a little over a year ago, I was astonished by the craftsmanship and creativity that I found while shopping the clothing and accessories sections in Bangkok’s famous Chatuchak Weekend Market (aka “JJ Market”). When I stumbled upon this grey embroidered dress in one of the apparel stalls, I instantly fell in love with it. The designer, a young Thai woman, ran the booth and had many more gorgeous clothing and accessories on display, all with bright, rainbow-colored embroidered designs she stitched by hand. I later found out while visiting other designers’ booths, how impactful the digital community has been to their businesses in very positive ways! Many of them recently added their digital ‘shops’ to Etsy, an online marketplace for small businesses. It was great to hear this news, and I am very thankful they are now able to share their extraordinary talents with the world!