How to Shop Locally – From Anywhere in the World
The holiday season reminds us all that there are great businesses all around us and giving back to the community. Shop locally, it makes for unique and thoughtful gifts.
Showing your support to small, local businesses can be done in many ways. Writing an online review, engaging with their social media, and of course, purchasing their products or services are all great ways to do so.
So you’re on board to shop locally this year, but you don’t know where to start. Here are some tips to find great presents that support your community at the same time.
Talk it Out
A great place to start is asking the people in your life if they have a favorite go-to spot in town. We put a great deal of trust into what our friends recommend and let’s be honest, we do this because they usually have great taste! One great experience leads to many new opportunities for a business so if you find out about a place, go ahead and pass it along as well.
Take a Drive
We know going into physical stores might not be your cup of tea this year, but a good way to explore what your town has to offer is making a tour inside your car. Of course, if you’ve loved going downtown and already know the best spots, we always encourage you to window shop locally as well. Most small businesses are offering curbside pickup options and your GreenEarth dry cleaner might even offer pickup and delivery so you can safely receive products and services from your local shops without stepping inside.
Looking at your local newspaper or publications for recommendations is also a great starting point. Most articles you can find will actually list gift ideas for you: the best gift card deals, the best gifts for Mom, etcetera. What could be easier than that?
Think Outside the Box
Give the gift of no more laundry this year! Taking care of a loved one’s garments is what your GreenEarth cleaner is here for. Get in touch with your local dry cleaner and see if they are offering gift cards or schedule a pickup for a family member. These gestures mean a lot to the people in your life and, you guessed it, that small dry cleaner appreciates it a whole lot too.
By: Emily Wildenhaus