The small businesses in Bridgewater are essential to keeping the community alive and thriving. Though it can be easier to fill up a shopping cart on a website, supporting small businesses can be a rewarding and worthwhile experience. The money you spend locally is more likely to put back into our community. I’m going to do as much business as I can right here in Bridgewater—will you?
Make an effort to find one new small business in our area.
Explore our town and see what it has to offer. Find a homemade card at The Postal Annex, shop at Bee Charmed Gift Shop for your co-workers or sports equipment from The Bench. Pick up something special at Just Desserts for a party – or yourself because it is just so good! Was there a local business that supported your child’s sports team? Find a way to support them back. If you have never been in these local places, make it this your mission today!
Buy your Christmas tree from a local farmer or similar small business.
The few extra dollars you might spend will put the money back into the community. Hanson Farm in Bridgewater has trees from Massachusetts and New Hampshire this year. You can pick up wreaths, custom bows and fresh eggs too.
Tell your friends about your favorite local businesses.
Use social media to tell your friends about your favorite local restaurant, bookstore, or local service. I appreciate when people share my Facebook page and “Like” or even comment about the things I talk about. My friends recommendations can be a strong factors in how I find new places to visit.
Enjoy dinner in a locally owned and operated restaurant.
Enjoy a night out at Johnny Macaroni’s or Chatta Box, or bring home dinner from your favorite pizza spot. This week, expand your horizons and visit a local restaurant you’ve never been to before. Remember that gift certificates to these local restaurants make great gifts – with easy shopping!
Think outside your traditional shopping patterns.
I am a fan of “clutter free” gifts so I look for gift certificates for services. Do you know someone who might like a gift certificate to the new Barber Shop in town? Or give your most stressed out friends the gift of a massage from a local therapist. How about trying a barre class at Relevé, yoga at Maha or make something at Just Claying Around.
Remember to share your favorite local service on your own Christmas list – so your friends and family can shop local too.