Shopping Small Is a Big Deal

By Gia Bellamy

We <3 local businesses. Many of our clients are local business owners. We have a passion for shopping local. Heck, we ourselves are a small business.

And ICYMI: It’s National Small Business Week. Now is the perfect time to salute the small but mighty shops that make our city so unique.

We know how important it is to keep money in our local economy. Which is why we’re giving you five easy ways to think small this week (and always). Are you up for the challenge? Here’s what you have to do.

  1. Caffeinate Locally. This week, opt for a local coffee shop instead of the chains. We have a wealth of delicious coffee and tea shops around. Not sure where to go? Send us a message and we can point you in the right direction.
  2. Stock Your Fridge with Local Goods. Instead of going to a mega retailer, shop at a locally owned grocery store or co-op. Then invite your friends over and share a meal in the name of local. We’re free any night this week.
  3. Catch a Local Show. Did you hear it’s Homegrown Week? Plenty of chances to get into a new local band. You might have also heard the DSSO has a show coming up this Saturday.
  4. Sweat Locally. Have you tried a fitness class or run club? We’re lucky to have so many beautiful trails and tracks to explore. Head outside and take it all in. Or, head inside for a local yoga, spin or training class.
  5. Gift Locally. We probably don’t need to remind you that this Sunday is Mother’s Day, but we will anyway. Get your mom a lovely arrangement from a local flower shop. You can trust that it will be better than being surprised by a couple of sad roses shipped in the mail that *claimed* to be a fully blossomed bouquet.

That’s what it takes to be local. Hopefully this challenge is an easy one, and you’re already supporting the great businesses we have here. Maybe you should celebrate with a local craft beer or cocktail?

In all seriousness, if you love a local business, the best thing you can do is become a devoted patron. Let us know if we can help you find a hidden gem or two.

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