My fellow boutique photographer friends and I started an initiative nationwide.  We call it "#giftcardmonday" and its purpose is to support our favorite small businesses locally by buying gift cards from those businesses. Additionally, we are highlighting a certain business each week and spreading the word about what fantastic products and services they provide to our communities.


What began as a way to encourage people to support local while we were all sheltering in place, became something even more.


Until we are back to "business as usual" and who knows, possibly longer since I am enjoying it so much (!) #giftcardmonday will continue. 

When businesses began reopening, I expanded the initiative to include artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and other creatives. Nonprofits are now featured, as well. 

I think that it is important to not only shop local, but to also learn more about the great works that our neighbors are doing for our community. 

There are many amazing insights and lessons that we can learn from each other and especially during these uncertain times, community means even more.  Join us every Monday to hear their stories!

Tag your friends and small businesses on either my FB or Instagram pages (@meredithembryphotography) to let us know that you are participating in this nationwide initiative. 

Note: if you want to participate or know someone who might, contact me at 214.417.6003 or

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(Photo by Tim Sporcic)

Dallas Street Dog Advocates


Shammah Kinchen

Author, Salon Owner, and Advocate for People with Disabilities (oh! and singer-songwriter)


(Photo by Shane Kislack)

Matt Hillyer

Lead guitarist, singer-songwriter for the local band,

Eleven Hundred Springs.

To learn more about Matt and Eleven Hundred Springs:

Romer Perez

Owner & Chef

To purchase a gift card:

Ellen Mitsler Freelance Design

 To purchase a gift card, call (469) 571-7350.

To purchase a gift card, call 972.497.9990 or by emailing:

To purchase a gift card, call 972.907.9672 Monday - Saturday, from 12-2 OR

private message @beyondthedoorboutique

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