Ideas for Shopping Local
Buy Gift Cards
Stock up on gift cards for the holidays or the winter. It's a great way to then enjoy take out or share as a gift.
Enjoy Local Coffee
Get your caffeine fix once a week from a local coffee shop or buy a few pounds to share as gifts.
Write a Note
Send a good old-fashioned thank you note and we promise it will make any business owner smile.
Gift a Friend
Send surprise money to your friend with tools like Zelle® and encourage them to spend it at a local business.
Leave a Review
Take a minute to leave a five-star review on Facebook or Google for your favorite locals.
Be sure to check out website of your local shops - so many have great sites for easy shopping.
More Tips from Our Team
"There are apps you can download that tell you where local shops in your area are - we used BUZZ app. Every Saturday we visit a new meat market or farmers market in another town as a family event. And we follow our community Facebook page where they share local shops and reviews." - Staci
"Make gift baskets filled with goodies from local businesses to use as gifts" - Drew
"Pick up dessert for holiday hosting from a local bakery. Check in on social media and leave reviews after visiting a business. Visit a local candy store for stocking up on treats." Jamie
"I order takeout for a family member or friend that has never eaten at the restaurant. It helps them to become a "new future customer." - Susan
Resources for Shopping Local
If you're low on inspiration or aren't sure what is locally-owned in your area, these resources can help.
Facebook Groups: Join groups on Facebook for your community to find deals and discover new businesses or poll your network with the "Recommendations" feature.
Chambers of Commerce: Find the website of your local Chamber of Commerce for a directory of businesses and special offers.
Business Organizations and Networking Groups: Similar to Chambers of Commerce, many communities have business organizations or networking groups that support downtown areas and have great resources on their websites.
Perks for Our Business Owners
If you're a business owner, let's make sure you have access to special offers and perks this holiday season and beyond. And if you're not a First Commonwealth customer yet, we'd love to connect with you to see how we can help you do business even better.
$200 Merchant Services Offer
Enjoy this limited-time special1 from Heartland perfect for small businesses. Learn more.
Open an Account and Win
Open a business checking account by January 8, 2021 and be entered to win 1 of 8 smartphone printers1. Get the details.