keep it local this holiday season
→Local is certainly the rage this holiday season, and there are plenty of good reasons why. Primarily, the economic boost shopping local provides to your community. Though this article, Top 10 Reasons to Support Locally Owned Businesses, is now 2 years old, each of its points are relevant today. We don’t have numbers on the success of Thanksgiving weekend’s Small Business Saturday, but the concept seems to be what small businesses and entrepreneurships need in this unreliable economy. Nor are we financial experts, but we can do our part by telling you where to shop (and play) in these final weeks of December and as you think about your New Year’s plans. First, an insightful quote from Sunday Steinkirchner, taken from a recent article on Forbes.com regarding Small Business Saturday that we should all carry around in our back pockets:
“The concept of Small Business Saturday is brilliant: increase revenue for small businesses, while raising awareness for these entrepreneurs and their communities at the same time. The event is gaining traction every year—make it work for you and get a piece of the Holiday Sales pie.”
Now, where to go…
For starters, Malvern. This weekend (12/7) is this quaint town’s annual Victorian Christmas, and getting right into the mix is Knots & Weaves/The Loft. On Friday, you can get find your holiday groove with live music, family photo fun (those prop photo booth experiences are the rage these days!), a sip (or ten) of beer, wine and cider; and a locally-culled collection of vintage and contemporary Christmas decor and kitchen gadgets, handcrafted clothing, jewelry and accessories; and home furnishings/entertaining pieces. The photo booth gets going at 6pm, with music starting at 6:30.
If your schedule is clear this Wednesday, you can also make a dent in that holiday shopping list—and help the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Greater Delaware Valley chapter) make a dent in theirs—by attending Shop to Beat MS, a fundraising event at 333 Belrose Bar & Grill featuring local vendors and some pretty great raffle prizes (The Smashing Pumpkins tickets anyone?)
Our short list of other local spots worthy of your dollars include these below. And no whining; we’ll get some Philly faves in here later this week, plus a few for the menfolk and wee ones.
Elizabeth Maar & Just Girls Boutiques, G Lizzy, Sorella Boutique, Coco Blu, Features Head to Toe… all of which can be found in this ultimate guide put out by Yours Truly’s employer — perfect for the ladies (and their fashion-forward daughters)
For the literary types on your list, Readers’ Forum (Wayne), Chester County Book & Music Company (West Chester) and Children’s Book World (Haverford) are musts.
For off-beat, Phila-centric, hip, sweet, witty finds, we like The Little Apple in Manayunk. We like it so much, we stay away from it because we pretty much want everything that’s for sale. Great spot for host/hostess gifts.
Stay tuned for more as we countdown to Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s—with your wallet in mind.