i’ll continue to say it, 2020 is a year unlike any other. and this year—more than ever before—it’s critical that we support small businesses. holiday shopping is an opportunity to help entrepreneurs and artisans, while growing your local community (and ultimately stimulating our economy at large). i am committed to shopping small—and local, if possible—for everyone on my list, and i hope you will join me!
five ways to support small businesses this holiday season
- be social. “like” and comment on social media posts that promote small businesses. leave positive reviews of your purchase or experience on websites such as yelp, tripadvisor, better business bureau, angie’s list, foursquare, and facebook. this quick and relatively simple engagement can help bolster a business’s online presence.
- be charitable. do you typically leave a 10%, 15%, or 20% tip after a meal or service? (etiquette is to tip 15%.) i invite you to increase this amount whenever possible, as it directly benefits your barista, server, nail technician, or hair dresser. “over-tipping is the standard until we are back to business as usual.” source
- be loyal. small businesses depend on the support and generosity of current customers while simultaneously striving to attract new ones. visit your local coffee stand or neighborhood restaurant for takeout. and then visit again!
- pay full price when possible. many small businesses have discounted the price of their product(s) to remain competitive with larger retailers. while this is admirable—and helpful to those with an affected budget—buy full price if possible, as sellers only receive a portion of your payment. and some small businesses are a one-stop shop (i.e., the same person is making the product, advertising and marketing the product, packaging and mailing the product, and processing the transaction). everyone loves a discount, and for now these businesses need our full support!
- share your skills. are you an accountant, lawyer, marketing specialist, or photographer? can you share your time and skills with a small business in need? stay apprised of how your community is faring via community job boards and local facebook groups. and if you are unable to share a professional skill or service, no problem—offer emotional support by checking in.
small businesses i am supporting this holiday season
photo by hello rigby
all the best pet care
it’s no secret that our one-year-old boston terrier pepper is a (very) spoiled girl. from toys and sweaters, to treats and health-conscious food, we purchase the majority of her items at all the best pet care. with 15 locations in the greater seattle area, they are committed to providing the best of the best for your furry and feathered friends. all the best pet care offers curbside and in-store pickup so you may safely get everything you need. and don’t forget to sign up for their complimentary membership program, as it provides coupons and birthday surprises for your pet.
other pet care small businesses
photos by sarah wolfe photography
glowing skin is in year-round, and hydropeptide has helped greatly improve my skin’s texture and clarity. i recently began using their purifying facial cleanser, pre-treatment face toner, and nimni day cream. the products look, feel, and smell incredible! hydropeptide is a seattle-based (and female-founded) company. they use “leading-edge science of epigenetics and peptides plus our sensory expertise to formulate results-driven, luxurious skincare products.” source
and—timely for the holiday season—they have gift sets that target a variety of skincare needs at varying price points. see a comprehensive list of gift sets here.
other skincare small businesses
photos by sarah wolfe photography
coffee is essential in our household, and i greatly enjoy supporting independent roasters and small coffee shops. monorail espresso is one of our favorites! they have 3 locations in seattle, and in addition to coffee, you can also purchase grinders, mugs, prints, shirts, and more in person and online. just in time for the holiday season, monorail espresso debuted festive gift sets—perfect for anyone on your shopping list. my 12oz “carter everywhere mug” is featured in a few of the sets. and congratulations on your 40th anniversary, monorail espresso!
other independent roasters and small coffee brands
photo by hello rigby
mask up, and make it fashion! over the last several months, my family and i have enjoyed stocking up on our favorite masks from tokki. i may or may not have 7 prints (all from tokki), and i love coordinating them with various outfits. these masks stay on my face better than other brands and styles i’ve tried and come in multiple sizes, including kids 2–6, kids 7–12, adult petite, adult, and adult x-large. (i wear the “adult” size.) for each mask purchased, tokki generously donates a medical-grade mask to a healthcare worker on the front line.
other small businesses making masks
seattle small businesses to support
- ada’s technical books // technical bookstore with science-minded literature
- cure cocktail // artisanal cocktails with specialty meats and cheeses
- daisy paper co // handmade prints and greeting cards
- for love + littles // young children’s clothing and toy boutique
- hydroxy esthetics // facial treatments and skincare + mention my name, “megan,” for 20% off your purchase of $60 or more
- lace and pearls jewelry // delicate, handmade jewelry
- sugar + spoon // delicious, edible cookie dough, available to ship nationwide
what small businesses are you supporting this holiday season? please share below in the comments, as i greatly enjoy finding new websites to visit and individuals to support. and best of luck with your holiday shopping!
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