If you found yourself going through the Walmart holiday gift guide, dog-earing the pages, clipping out recipes for gingerbread men and getting inspired about a home makeover – it’s okay, man, we all love Walmart! Many times I’ve stumbled into a Walmart at 11 p.m. looking for one thing, and come out with a great big cartful of goodies. That’s why what I’m about to say may seem a little bit crazy…
This month, I’m going local.
That’s right. When it comes to my holiday shopping – not to mention the regular products and services I use every day – I’m going to really make the effort this month to choose the small, family-owned businesses that make my community what it is. Nothing against Walmart (which itself is family-run, at least technically!) or any other big box store, online or bricks and mortar. I just like how I feel when I support local businesses. And I think you do, too.
When you learn about #supportlocal, you may never buy Big Box again. I love to buy croissants at this little place where the owner took the time to explain the origins of the pastry (an Austrian king’s snub of defeated Turks – who knew?). There’s nothing better than buying an absolutely fabulous product from someone you actually like. But we’re all busy; isn’t it more convenient to do everything online, at the mall, or the chain store? Maybe. But patronizing a locally owned business will help you reap these 5 rewards:
One fast and easy way to #supportlocal2015 online. You can Like their Facebook page – and invite your friends to do the same. Here’s how:
Bonus points! Comment and engage with the business as well.
Here’s to supporting local this month and every month!
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