5 Local Businesses You’ll Want to Check Out
Being constricted at home has taken a toll on many of us. We have missed the joys of sitting at our favorite coffee shop, going to see a movie, or walking into our favorite boutique to see what’s new.
Even while things begin to open back up, there is still a lot of uncertainty and fear. We know many people still feel more comfortable at home, but want to support local businesses and our local economy.
We know it’s unsettling and we can’t predict the future, but one thing we do know how to do is turn problems into projects that provide value… that’s a common theme that drives our Collective of Creators at 1909.
So, we’ve decided to create a way to bring some joy back into your life that supports some amazing small businesses in our community at the same time!
How can we do it together?
We’re excited to highlight five local businesses—all owned by 1909 members—who have continued to be creative and offer their products for shipping or delivery during this time. Their products are sure to impress and bring a little taste of joy to your life as well.
Check out these 5 businesses that have taken their ingenuity to the next level. You can order from all of them from the comfort of your own home!
1. Sweets By Milka
DreaMallows (homemade stuffed marshmallows, yum!) was born out of one woman’s idea to take a classic treat and create something new. A classically trained pastry chef, Milka Gordillo is passionate about creating the perfect bite for her customers. Justone taste is all it takes to turn a skeptic into a lifelong DreaMallows fan.
As a small business owner, entrepreneur, and mother of 3 children, Milka is living proof that you really can do it all. Milka owns and runs Sweets by Milka and herDreamallows are uniquely delicious. All of her sweets are made with local ingredients that are healthy too!
With flavors like salted caramel and toasted pecans and cookies & cream on the menu, the only hard part is choosing which flavor to try.
Right now, with every order, you can receive a bag of free DreaMugs to spice up your coffee or hot chocolate
2. Cyan Shores
Cyan Shores was started in 2017 by West Palm Beach resident Shea Stockman. Shea has been screen printing for over a decade, starting in a printing class at Palm Beach Atlantic University. When Shea’s dormitory needed shirts for an event, he landed his first job and the fire was lit! Since then, he has printed thousands of shirts.
Shea has come up with a creative way to support other local businesses with his shirts:with every shirt purchase, $10 goes to the business or organization whose shirt you’ll be repping, and you get a stylish way to show some local love. Make sure to spread the word! https://cyanshores.com/collections/support-small-business
3. Candid Coffee
Candid Coffee was founded by Bryan and Megan Jenkins. They are a cold-coffee-loving couple from West Palm Beach who started cold-brewing their own coffee back in 2014. Since the weather is so hot in South Florida, they rarely reach for the hot stuff—but since cold brew takes between 16 to 24 hours to make, Bryan and Megan found they had to remember to
make it in advance or face disappointment in the morning.
“About a year and a half ago, over our anniversary dinner, we decided to make a change in our lives,” Bryan shared with us. “We wanted to wake up and do something we loved—together. We decided to start a cold coffee brewery.”
Most coffee companies and restaurants treat cold coffee as an afterthought. But 2018, Bryan and Megan launched Candid to change that. Candid is a cold coffee brewery that crafts delicious cold-brew coffee for all of the cold coffee lovers out there. They blend high-quality arabica beans with simple ingredients to create delicious brews.
Candid has a simple mission, and it’s all about you. These founders do everything they do to support their customers’ aspirations. Their cold brews are ready to grab and go so you can be caffeinated and ready to do more.
Right now Candid is offering $3 local delivery with no minimums- https://www.drinkcandid.com/
4. LGLO Apparel
Bryan Monteleone is a tech junkie and lover of craft anything (including but not exclusive to beer, tacos, and whiskey). Appropriately, he is a partner at Drinkubator Tech Group, a tech consultancy for the spirits industry. Always looking for a side hustle, and finding himself inspired by how Print on Demand disrupted and simplified the apparel business, he recently founded LGLO Tees.
LGLO Tees is on a mission to make the world a little kinder. LGLO stands for “Love God. Love Others,” a message displayed on all of their shirts along with a third line that allows the wearer to share their passion, whether that’s playing fetch with their dog, cruising in their Jeep, or enjoying a tasty beer. LGLO Tees shirts are designed to start conversations and break down barriers between people in a world that too often wants to divide us. Although some won’t agree with every line on the shirts, Monteleone hopes to convict people to at least consider what the shirt is ultimately promoting: kindness!
LGLO Tees donates proceeds from every shirt to Mission Manna, a local charity that supplies essentials and food to the homeless in Palm Beach County. Right now, LGLO Tees is also donating proceeds from their LGLO “Love Local” shirts to help support local restaurants and feed first responders through the #savepbfood fundraiser.
These shirts and more are available at lgloshop.com. Use checkout code ‘1909’ and get free shipping! Follow us @lglotees on IG.
5. Sneakz: Buy one Give one
Nick Mohnacky, a 1909 member and Chairman of the Board, was one of the originators of Sneakz organic nutrition shakes.
With its simple blend of organic whole foods and a commitment to ensuring everyone gets enough vegetables in their diet, Sneakz combines great taste with positive nutrition for consumers of all ages.
At Sneakz, the goal is to deliver whole-food nutrients in a way that is simple, nourishing, and fun, in order to ultimately support the entire family in living a lifestyle that is healthier and happier. We do that by creating good-for-you products that are organic, non-GMO, and void of ingredients that you can’t pronounce or understand.
BUY ONE GIVE ONE supports families who can’t afford groceries due to COVID-19’s impact on the hospitality industry.
“Our grocery pick-up last Friday provided healthy groceries for over 900 families,” Rodney Mayo, restaurateur and founder of Hospitality Helping Hands, said. “The line started at 10 a.m. for our 3 p.m. start time. By 3 p.m., the line stretched in two directions over 1 mile long.”
1909 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the holistic growth of entrepreneurs in Palm Beach County, offering members access to a community, workspace, accelerator program, and mentorship platform.
Palm Beach County was founded on April 30, 1909 — and over 100 years later, revolutionary ideas and creative projects are still being founded here every day. 1909’s mission is to uplift and support the innovators and creators bringing these ideas to life.
Our manifesto: We are a collective of creators who believe that, if we work together, our ideas, projects, and innovations will better our community. We are unapologetically experimenting. We are a place for the process, the mess, the imperfection. We are a place for the unknown to become known. We are 1909.