Shop Small: Embrace Your Sweet Tooth

This time of year, I’m always looking for small businesses that have items I can work into celebrating the holidays. And what better holiday to celebrate than National Chocolate Day!

I’ve been a lover of chocolate forever. There is nothing like a piece of good chocolate to pick me up in the middle of a busy workday. I like the challenge of finding small producers of fine chocolate to support my habit. Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a chocolate shop that took my love affair to a whole new level.

Dandelion Chocolate, a local purveyor of everything chocolate, is located at 18th and Valencia in the Mission district here in San Francisco. I chose a wide selection of chocolate bars for my family and myself but also took the time to drink a hot chocolate – it was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted.

As an American Express Card holder, you can receive 2X rewards when you enroll you eligible Amex card and spend at qualifying small businesses through the end of the year. This is a win-win offer – you support small businesses and also receive double rewards. To learn more go to and to see if your favorite chocolate shop or small business qualifies, check out the Amex Shop Small map.

Happy chocolate hunting!

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Photos by Caitlin Flemming


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Since 2009, I’ve been documenting and sharing the small bits of inspiration that make up my daily life. Here, you’ll find musings on all things lifestyle, from fashion to motherhood. The common theme is recognizing and creating beauty in the everyday.

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