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Love in the time of Coronavirus | Support your local small business

Read this article in Czech language here.

Things have changed. The world has stopped. For the past few years I have been in the 6th gear, traveling, working, planning, learning, dreaming, building my small business, figuring life. I’ve never felt so good.  Who would have expected this scenario? Who would have thought we will all have to stop and reinvent our lives in the silence of the walls of our home? Reinvent ourselves? I’m sitting in my living room, listening to my heartbeats which are calm most of the day. But they start to beat faster when my head sends thoughts of uncertainty, fear of what will happen next. Fear  for my loved ones, fear when someone I know calls me and says they feel sick. Fear of the thought what if this lasts longer, and I’ve already lost most of my work until summer. All of us, small business owners, have been faced with one common thing. We can’t work. If you are a freelancer, that means you have no income whatsoever so if you don’t have savings, it’s becoming hard to deal with everyday expenses. Croatia doesn’t have unemployment protection for us, so this is gong to be very difficult time for everyone. 

Everyday life as we knew it is on hold for a while. I took a deep breath and felt gratitude for being alive and healthy. For having my loved ones close. For being able to talk to my friends every day, because now we all have TIME. The world has stopped and we suddenly have time. Time to read, time to learn, time to workout, time to talk, time to breathe. Time for ourselves. Nature has time to heal. Maybe, I hope, we have time to think about reinventing everything in a better way. Kindness and sharing, helping each other, putting others first instead of ourselves. All of this is gonna end sooner or later. My wish is that when it ends, we get out of it as a better human-kind. The word itself says it all.

I am writing this post to send all my love and support to all the small business owners out there. It’s a difficult time, but don’t despair. We are all in this together. I am sure we can find ways to help each other. If you are reading this, and think I can help in any way, if it is only by talking, let me know! You don’t have to feel alone.

For everyone reading this, there are several ways how you can help your local small businesses. No matter how small you think this kind of help is, it still can help a great deal. So let’s get started!



Here are some of the small businesses I want to support in this post, so if you have time, click the links, visit their websites, follow their profiles, this is a virtual help you can all send their way!


Josee Lamarre

Josee is an amazing photographer. True friend. Kind soul. We were connected the minute we met, because we both look at people with the eyes of our heart. She creates intimate portraits. 

Her website: https://www.joseelamarre.com 

Her Instagram www.instagram.com/joseelamarre

Josee Lamarre photographer

Studio Danijela

She makes my hair feel pretty. A lot of you know me by my pink hair, she was the one who was responsible. She does her job with passion and heart. 

Her Instagram: www.instagram.com/studiodanijela/

Studio Danijela frizerski salon Rijeka

Barbara Tursan Misic

She is my photography buddy. From the day we met, we were each other’s support. Even though we don’t live in the same city, we are always in touch helping each other out. She is an amazing wedding photographer, awesome mum and a lioness.

Her website: http://www.btm-photo.com

Her Instagram: www.instagram.com/barbaratursan

Barbara Tursan Misic wedding photographer Croatia

Marinski Heartmades

Her name is Marina Marinski. We started our businesses at the same time, while we were just two kids with big dreams. Our fist exhibition together was called “Masta moze svasta”, or “Imagination can do anything”. And til this day I believe it can. Dream big, work hard, this was our motto from the very start.

Her website: https://marinski.me

Her Instagram: www.instagram.com/marinskiheartmades

Marina Marinski Heartmades

Ivana Kutni Mihic

Ivana is a family and newborn photographer from Rijeka. She is a mum of two. She does her job with passion, knows her way with newborn kids and nervous mums in front of a camera. I enjoy our conversations over a cup of coffee about life, photography, perks of being small business owners. She still doesn’t have a website, but I’m sure she will soon.

Her Instagram: www.instagram.com/kutniphoto

Ivana Kutni Mihic newborn photography


If I don’t work from home, or RiHub (coworking space), you will find me at Cukarikafe. This is my favourite cafe bar in Rijeka. It is a place with soul that has good coffee and good coffee, my friends, is very important. I love the fact everyone knows everyone here, you feel like home and you can just sit alone, sip coffee, read your favourite book and every now and then say Hi to someone you know that comes in.

Their Instagram: www.instagram.com/cukarikafe.bar

Cukarikafe Rijeka kava coffee

Maline u Tehnikoloru

Two girls, Jana and Tina, connected with their passion for details and organisation. They started a small business a year ago, so they still don’t have a proper website, but they plan and organise weddings and decorate them. 

Their Instagram: www.instagram.com/malineutehnikoloru

dekoracije i organizacija vjencanja


I met Hana when I started looking for a local florist in Czech, who would collaborate with me on my workshop for wedding photographers. The minute I met her I knew she is a dreamer just like me. She and Jana work as Podbel, and do wonders with flowers!

Their Instagram: www.instagram.com/_podbel_

Podbel Olomouc kvetiny


His name is Karlo Cargonja. He left the safety of being and engineer to pursue his passion for videography. He says on his website: “I try to subtly capture the instances in which you are at your most genuine, as well as all the small details, sincere touches, expressions and movements you may not even be aware of! These unique, and therefore perfect moments I like to call Pi.”

His website: https://capture-pi.com

His Instagram: www.instagram.com/capturepi

video vjencanja


They started sewing ties, now they have a beautiful small shop on island Hvar, where they live. They sell Croatian design products from several local artists.

Their website: https://isolashop.com

Their Instagram: www.instagram.com/isola.hvar

Isola Hvar buy Croatian products


Other friends small business owners and artists, divided by countries (there are many many more, don’t feel bad if I didn’t mention you here please, I could have an endless list because I love you all):



Aleksandra Dordic
Vladimir Mudrovcic
Viktor Pravdica
Tomica Rasetina
Damir Plavotic
Martina Skrobot
Pixie with Love
Yes I DU
Something Blue Weddings
Franjo Starcevic
Vlado Cvirn
Nina Roland
Sanja Tusek
Karmen Oblak
Inkconnection Tattoo Parlour



Sasa Adamovic
Momcilo Grujic



Muna Nazak
Maja Topcagic


Czech Republic:

Yes & Yes
Jan Martinec
Evenue Photography
Tereza Heinich
Romana Marie Jokelova
Lukas Neasi
Petra Tomicova
Marcela Bartuskova
Honza Barton
Jitka Sidlova
Jitka Houzarova
Barunka Gajova
Michala Rusanukova
Zorana Smesna



Emma Espejo
Kuny Diamond
Lele Pastor
Mamas and Tapas
Vagabond Van



Wianda Lamar
Naomi van der Kraan
Jon & Kim Tarifa
Leontine de Hollander
Joyce Huis


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