Are you done with your holiday shopping yet?

Is your email inbox full of marketing emails from national retailers? It’s hard to resist because we’re all busy…it’s so much easier to just buy your present from a big box store or national retailer when they’re offering BIG discounts and even free shipping/guaranteed shipping before Christmas.

We hope you consider SHIFTING some of your spending this holiday season to a local business because…

shop local this holiday season


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgiving 2014Growing up, thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.  I think it’s because my birthday usually lands on Thanksgiving weekend.  Nothing beats good food (including birthday cake) and time with my family.

We usually spend Thanksgiving with my uncles, aunties and cousins.  I come from a big family – my dad has 9 brothers and sisters so you can imagine how many cousins I have – and scheduling time to meet up with everyone is pretty difficult.  Thanksgiving was the only holiday that we could count on where usually, everyone can make it.

Has anyone else noticed how corporate America squirmed its way into this holiday? Many retail chains are open during Thanksgiving now and I feel sad for retail workers who HAVE to work this holiday season.  As consumers, are we really that hungry for sales?  Do we really need one more day to shop?  Our society has moved away from thanksgiving being a national holiday to be spent with friends and family into the biggest shopping weekend. What do you think about this? Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving?

Whatever you do, we hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful thanksgiving.  We really are thankful for your support of Shift Local and we hope that if you do shop this weekend, you make your way to local and independent shops.

Love Mari

Congratulations Stephanie of Steffz Trends

Congratulations Stephanie of Steffz Trends

One of Shift Local’s favorite local business owner, Stephanie of Steffz Trends in Alameda, won the Independent We Stand’s “Indie Pride Contest.” Congratulations Stephanie!

Also check out other SF Bay Area local business owners who joined the contest:  Warren of Action Litho in Hayward, Derrick of Derrick Dobbs Photography in Hayward, Daniel of Croll’s Pizza in Alameda and the guys of On Time Signs in Hayward.

Marc and Mari

Happy Holidays!

I can’t believe that it’s almost Christmas.  Are all your presents wrapped up and ready to go?  If you’re like me, I’m no close to being ready.  If that is the case, please consider visiting your local, independent businesses to buy your presents.  When we shop local, we help sustain our local economy and Christmas is the perfect time to do our part 🙂

I can’t believe how much time has passed since our last post! Sorry about that.  Here’s what we’ve been up to:

1. Marc and I (along with our good friend Jay) are also busy working on our website that what we hope to be really helpful to independent, local business owners.  So keep an eye out for the launch!


Photo by Maya P. Bueno

2. Marc and I recently went to Hawaii for three reasons: (1) to celebrate my 29th birthday; (2) to celebrate my passing the bar; and (3) we were so happy to attend one of our dearest friends’ wedding!  We had a great time and we visited several independent, locally-owned businesses.  We will post our recommendations soon!


Marc and I in Oahu.

3. I was recently sworn in to be an attorney by the California Supreme Court Chief Justice and in the Supreme Court room!  She is the first Asian-American and the second woman to serve that role.  What made it even more special of course was that I was able to share this moment with some of my best friends from law school.

Mari taking Oath

Here’s a picture of me taking my oath.  Photo by Daniel Camagong.

UC Hastings PALS with CJ Tani

Here’s some members of  UC Hastings Pilipino American Law Society Class of 2012 with the Chief Justice!  Photo by Daniel Camagong.

2012 has been very good to me and I hope that you had a wonderful year as well.  Have a merry holiday season!!!!