When you shop local, you’re putting your money where your heart is: Right back into our community.

Supporting small, independent businesses directly supports local parks and recreation programs, schools, police, and fire departments, as the majority of the money spent at a local business stays local. Simply by purchasing locally, you’re keeping your taxes local, paving streets, supporting schools, and keeping your community safe.

Just how much of a difference does it make? According to the research firm Civic Economics, for every $100 that you spend at a small business, $68 of it stays within your local community. Compare this to a local branch of a national chain store, where only $43 remains to help support the local area. And when you shop online, virtually none of that money remains local.

Rosanna, Inc. is a local, family-owned company. For more than three decades, Rosanna Bowles has brought beauty and refinement to our homes while revitalizing mealtime traditions. Rosanna first created her award-winning line of dishes, accessories, and home décor in 1982 with a $15,000 loan secured by her Seattle bungalow. Thirty-five years later, Rosanna, Inc. is now a thriving business with local roots and international reach that has delighted millions of customers from Seattle to New York and from London to Cape Town. Rosanna’s unique dishware reflects many inspirations, including her own travels, current events, family, and cultural icons. Rosanna’s tableware is recognizable worldwide and Rosanna is now sought after for her expertise on style and living and she wrote Coming Home: A Seasonal Guide to Creating Family Traditions in 2010. She continues to create dishes that are visually stunning, topically relevant, whimsical, and innovative – conversation starters that beautify the table and will feel at home in almost any setting.

Pictured here with canine model Ottis (of Ottis to the Rescue fame!) are treats from Crossed Paws Bakery (www.crossedpawsbakery.com) and tableware from Rosanna’s 12 Days of Christmas, the Little Things Champagne, I Heart My Cat, I Heart My Dog, and Space Needle ornaments, Soiree Rouge dessert plates, Santa Treat Tray, and Merry Moments Naughty and Nice stars. See the rest of these collections, including gifts for pet lovers and so much more, at www.rosannainc.com.

Rosanna’s love of design was borne from her teenage travels; after visiting Europe as a young adult, she earned a bachelor’s degree in art (with a concentration in art history and literature) from Portland State University. She later earned a master’s degree in Italian language and literature from the University of Oregon. As a Pacific Northwest native, Rosanna is familiar with our local traditions and the unique challenges that smaller business owners face – especially economic ones. Rosanna has persevered through economic hardships; as a young entrepreneur, when she had an unexpected inventory surplus after a last-second order cancellation, she had the tenacity to find new customers and salvage the situation.

Rosanna has received numerous awards for her work, including being the first American to win the prestigious Gift of the Year Award in the UK (2005), the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Woman of Influence (2012), and being a finalist for the Nellie Cashman Woman in Business Award in both 2002 and 2011. Her tableware has been a finalist for “Best New Product” at the New York Tabletop in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and she received an editor’s pick from the Gourmet Retailer for “Best New Product” in 2014. She has developed proprietary designs for numerous companies and organizations, including Starbucks Worldwide, Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, The Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., Macy’s Herald Square, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Birchbox.

Rosanna loves to give back to the local community. “As much as we love being involved with larger organizations like the National Parks Service, American Red Cross and ACLU, we take great pride in being involved on a local level with several charities through Seattle,” she said. “Just to name a few: Seattle Symphony, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Children’s, Providence Regina House and most recently, we did an entire month of donations to Fred Hutch for cancer research. Being involved in big causes is great and it’s important to care about big issues, but when you can promote and give to your own community and see the changes happening around you, nothing is much better than that.”

Rosanna loves her cats, Stella and Django. “They’re amazing little family members to come home to every day!”

When she isn’t designing or spending time with her family members (two-legged and four-legged alike!) Rosanna enjoys supporting other local businesses and organizations. Purchasing from Rosanna, Inc. helps the local economy and local nonprofits, as well.

“Not only do we try and donate a portion of our profits to local nonprofits and community organizations, but it’s even in the little things that I think shopping locally is important,” Rosanna said. “Everything from our gifts to clients to the wrapping it comes in is bought locally – we try to keep it as close as possible even by getting our Christmas chocolates from Fran’s and Seattle Chocolates and our snacks in the office from local bakeries.”

She is excited for what’s to come in 2018. “I’m so thrilled for 2018, we’re going with a big of a fresher, younger look and having some fun with the new lines!” she said. “In today’s strange times, I want people to remember to treat themselves, celebrate the little things and maybe even throw a little fiesta every now and again. Expect fun, colorful and happy coming out in February 2018.”

To learn more about Rosanna, including how you can purchase the dishes featured here, visit her website at www.rosannainc.com.