Small Businesses Are a Big Deal
One thing I've found particularly uplifting these past few weeks is the outpouring of support for local small businesses. According to the SBA, small businesses account for 99.9% of US businesses. On top of that, small businesses employ nearly 60 million people. And yet, these companies are usually the hardest hit in economic downturns.
But that's where you and I come in. Instead of buying from big-box stores, let's support the small shops run by our neighbors and friends. Their physical stores might not be open right now, but many are working as hard as they can to offer online ordering, fast delivery, and curbside pickup. These small businesses bring so much to our communities, and now it's our turn to give back.
Small Business Saturday might be seven months away, but Hobblebush will be celebrating with a special Buy-One-Get-One-Free sale through Thursday (see below). If you already have too many books on your bedside table (is that even possible?), then please consider checking out some of my personal favorite small businesses:
Fifty Home—Fifty Home features top-quality, everyday wares as well as unique pieces, striving to bring consumers home goods from all fifty states.
The Crust and Crumb—Starting out at local farmers markets, The Crust and Crumb grew great relationships with local producers and growers which allows them to make amazing food from locally sourced ingredients.
Kat Maus Haus—Kat Maus Haus's illustrations connect fellow outdoor enthusiasts like you with the places you love, from far-away mountains to the parks in your own neighborhoods, and allow you to bring home a little slice of these special places.
Apotheca—Apotheca is a space that is committed to inspiration, to never underestimating the power of kindness, and to seeing and sharing the tiny bits of life that matter most. They are a café, gift, and flower shop serving Goffstown, New Hampshire, and all of New England.
I hope you love these places as much as I do. If you have any shop-small recommendations to share, feel free to send me an email—I'd love to hear about them.
Please, everyone—in these difficult times, stay safe and try to shop small. We'll get through this together!