Black Friday has been known to shoppers for countless years as the biggest shopping day of the year and the day to get the best deals from the big box retailers and department stores. Small Business Saturday, first established in the U.S in November 2010 is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. Small Business Saturday is a registered trademark of American Express.

VivaTerra proudly offers products from small business across the U.S. We truly believe in supporting small business through our artisan Jewelry that is handmade and marketed by local Virginian Artisans, Chocolates from an eco-conscious business in Portland Oregon, beautiful all natural wreaths that are absolutely handmade in California and Oregon or 100% natural soaps and skincare that are entirely hand made from all natural ingredients harvested right here in Madison Virginia. Our locally made Blue Ridge Comb products are completely natural and handcrafted. The talented artisan, Fashaya Crigler has created a line of products so natural you would think they came directly from Mother Nature herself. I caught up with Fashaya, the owner of Blue Ridge Comb last week in the middle of her busiest season for a quick Q&A that we thought you would enjoy.

VT: What inspired you to start a business that involved bee keeping?
FC: Growing up on a working farm helped develop my awareness of how much the land, animals, elements of nature and whole foods have influenced my desire to help our pollinators. Without the services our pollinators provide many plants species would die off and we would potentially loose a large amount of food supply. Understanding the importance of pollinators helped evolve my passion of creating herbal pollinator friendly gardens and crafting the elements of both herbs, and beekeeping into handmade products.
VT: Do you consider yourself and the efforts of your business as "green" or "environmentally friendly"?
FC: Yes, absolutely.
VT: What is your main business mission?
FC: Blue Ridge Comb was created to craft high quality products from elements of nature and in doing so support our pollinators.
VT: Lastly, if you could give any advice, one sentence long, to people about environmental friendly consumption, what would it be and why?
FC: Increase awareness of how products are made, how they are grown if plant based and if using products from animals – how they are raised.

On Small Business Saturday we celebrate the many entrepreneurs who operate small businesses here in the U.S. and around the globe. We believe by supporting small innovative businesses it helps create financial security for many rural artisans. Today we would like to highlight the products that are handcrafted by Fashaya. Find her all natural gift sets that make the perfect and unusual stocking stuffers including, His & Her Handmade Soap Gift Sets and Fresh-Faced Gift Set..