If you are searching for a way to support your community, shopping at small businesses might be a great start.
The holiday season is a wonderful time to snuggle up with loved ones, and to give back to the community. If you are searching for a way to support your community, shopping at small businesses might be a great start.
When you shop at a small business, you are supporting them and supporting you. You are helping maintain that American dream we hold so near and dear to our hearts. So in the spirit of giving, give a little extra to that “mom and pop” shop around the corner.
- 1) Ditch the chaos – It’s dark. It’s freezing outside. Finding parking is like finding a clean plate at the Thanksgiving dinner you just came from. And the line is hundreds of people long. You stand there worrying about the possibility of not getting the items you want. All of the notorious Black Friday struggles we all know — and for what? To save a few bucks on a printer? Ditch the chaos! Small businesses are substantially less crowded, and you can still buy all sorts of gifts for your friends and family. Parking is rarely a problem, you can shop at a reasonable time, and you can take your time shopping.
- 2) Find unique gifts – Big box stores are known for mass producing items – gifts included. Gift shopping can be a stressful task. Make it a little easier on yourself. Why not buy something more thoughtful and unique for your loved ones? Small retail businesses tend to supply and/or create items not sold in big box stores, such as specialty foods and drinks, fine art, jewelry, etc. If you find that you still need to shop at a large retailer, don’t fret. You can always grab lunch at a family-owned restaurant when you’re out and about.
- 3) Help the environment – Buying at small shops is environmentally friendly because the items from which their products are sourced tend to be local or American made. The items are not shipping overseas or across borders, therefore reducing carbon emissions. Locally grown foods and American made products are far more sustainable economically and environmentally.
- 4) Get to know your neighborhood – Let this Friday, or any day, be an opportunity for you to visit that small gift shop in your downtown area. Help keep your town or city center a walkable, friendly, and thriving place. With just a little exploring, you may be surprised at what your neighborhood offers.
- 5) Create jobs – People matter. Where you spend your money matters. Small businesses rely on people like you to help pay their employees, their bills, and their livelihood. A purchase is a vote for that company as whole and what they stand for. Sure, we all like shopping at big box stores, but don’t forget about the little guys. Because they need you.