Many thanks to The UPS Store for sponsoring this conversation and the $100 American Express gift card giveaway!
Small businesses are part of what makes our country great– having an idea and seeing it through to fruition, employing locals to keep the economy moving, and putting money right back into the community where they reside. Those are a few reasons I shopped local last Saturday and supported the Small Business Saturday movement first started in 2010 by American Express and supported by the UPS Store. While the Saturday following Thanksgiving is ‘officially’ designated Small Business Saturday, shopping local always has it’s benefits no matter which day you decide to do it. I’m trying to shop local and small the entire month of December.
Like I need any incentive to shop (HA! Have you SEEN my Instagram feed?) I wanted to share a few of my local favorite businesses and can’t wait to hear yours too!
Local Toy Retailers:
Learning Express stores may be nationwide, but did you know they’re locally owned franchises? When I visited on Saturday for their annual sale, I scooped up a few gifts and got incredible savings to boot. I may have even added a few extras to my cart, knowing the money would stay in our community.
Local Sweet Shops:
I’m lucky to live near the town of Skippack, one of the most darling areas around. We adore the old-fashioned yet modern Miss Riddles Candy Shop, and my kids beg to go there each time we’re in the area. Stocking up on Christmas treats here feels much better than at a big box retailer. Plus, they give out samples, have personal recommendations, and are open until 10PM just in case you get a nighttime craving. You just can’t beat that!
Local Book Stores:
We live near a large shopping megaplex, and The Towne Book Center & Cafe is the ONLY non-franchise/ chain in the entire complex. Amidst the huge big box stores and chains, you’ll find this (equally huge but locally owned) bookstore filled to the brim of every new title imaginable. They even have a cafe with treats and beverages. Ask for Pammy, and you’ll get the best book advice around. 😉 She has tons of great ideas for books my kids will love, and they adore snuggling down into the chairs and exploring the many books we end up purchasing!
Local Farm Fresh Food:
We also joined a CSA this year (Community Supported Agriculture) and got most of our produce at the local organic farm. The market there also has local jams, jellies, syrups, honey, baked goods… yes, it’s more expensive but we buy less but better quality food and find it tastes even better knowing we’ve just supported local farming families.
Are you ready to take on the Shop Small challenge? Finding small businesses in your community has never been easier. In fact, you probably know many of them but if you’re looking for more be sure to visit the Shop Small website which features a Shop Small location finder.
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What’s your favorite small business? Did you do any holiday shopping locally this year? Tell me all about it, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway above for your chance to win $100 to spend there!
Disclosure: this post was sponsored by The UPS Store and The Motherhood. As always, all opinions and content are 100% my own.