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Ideas for Shopping Local

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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.

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Enjoy Local Coffee

Get your caffeine fix once a week from a local coffee shop or buy a few pounds to share as gifts.

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Write a Note

Send a good old-fashioned thank you note and we promise it will make any business owner smile.

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Gift a Friend

Send surprise money to your friend with tools like Zelle® and encourage them to spend it at a local business.

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Leave a Review

Take a minute to leave a five-star review on Facebook or Google for your favorite locals. 

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Shop Online

Be sure to check out websites 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

"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.

More Love for #LoveOurLocals on Instagram

Follow our partners rachelniccolai, thebeardandthebaker and eatplaycbus to see how they're celebrating Small Business Saturday with us.