The Holidays are well on their way, and many of us are already window shopping, wishlist making, planning, anticipating, and mildly stressing about what to buy, where to go, or what to do, for what’s one of the busiest times of the year for many of us.
With the current economic lag we have been experiencing these past few years, as well as seeing Big Banking Business (epically fail) in the media spotlight, support to keep small businesses open and thriving has become a more apparent issue amongst everyday consumers.
Why should you shop local? Especially with Black Friday doorbusters, wicked online sales, and deals that you just can’ t refuse?
Buying from local small businesses directly impacts the community you live in. By spending money at your favorite local store could help a fellow neighbor earn a living, create new jobs, and lend a hand in after effects that make a greater impact within your neighborhood. Maybe the mom and pop store down the street made more money than they did the year before, and as a result, donated to their local schools, food to their local pantry, or toys to children in need. You don’t see Walmart doing that.
Another reason to shop local, is that The Black Friday bonanza, may just be another marketing myth after all. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that prices for popular items such as TVs, electronics, and popular toys actually increased as the holidays got closer.
If you’re looking for a unique gift, a warm-fuzzy feeling, and a direct contribution to the bigger picture, make an effort to shop local this season. Below are some of our favorite small businesses in the QCA. What are some of yours?
Eat and Drink:
Eastside Bakery (pizza and artwork oh my!)
Whitey’s Ice Cream (duh.)
Boetje’s Mustard (because everyone needs that in their life)
Etsy- They have gift cards available for the first time this year!
DCI Print (for all of your printing needs)
Animals and Garden Stuffz:
For A Good Read:
For some tunes:
Check out the artwork of: