As many of you already know I absolutely love supporting small businesses. My husband and I are business owners, and we know first hand the importance of recognizing the hard work that goes into running your own business. Because of that we too want to be able to support others who are pouring their heart into their work.
I wanted to challenge you to find small shops online + more importantly local places for those gifts ideas on your list this year. It’s certainly much easier for you to do your Christmas shopping at your favorite department stores like Macy’s, Nordstroms, Kohls, and dare I say even AMAZON (I just love amazonPRIME). But what’s hard to see is that there are hardworking individuals that are putting so much of their time, money, energy, passion, into these little places to keep them afloat. They depend on our business with them to keep their dreams alive.
the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become a recognized national Shop Small holiday. This year it will be November 25th, mark your calendar. It has become the day to encourage shoppers to support local brick-and-mortars businesses versus the big brands.
Let’s just think about this for a second. When your community is holding a fundraiser, where do you go? When your school needs sponsors, where do you go? When you want to do a giveaway for your blog or business, where do you go? You go to your local businesses, your local Brick-and-Mortars.
Just a couple reasons why you should you support small business. First, your local shops are WAY more involved in the community than any box-brand company. I can’t tell you how many times our company (Biggby Coffee) have donated services to our local schools and surrounding businesses. Second, you are going to find far better customer service in any of your local shops because they want you to walk away happy + because your word of mouth effects them. Third, these small businesses are boosting our economy + providing extra jobs. And lastly, by simply supporting these shops you are supporting your neighborhood, you will form relationships with the employees + owners which will create a sense of community in and of itself. And let’s be honest, supporting your neighbor is going to make you feel really good.
With all that said, I thought I would share some of my favorite brick-and-mortars here in the Greater Grand Rapids area as well as a few of my local online shops! Happy Shopping!
Local Store Fronts: