I’m a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas. The tree doesn’t go up until after Thanksgiving. And I consider the day after turkey day a time for leftovers and football, not holiday shopping.
So of course I missed Small Business Saturday — a day that encourages us to spend our holiday shopping dollars with local merchants. It’s not too late, though. We can still support our friends and neighbors locally this season. How and where we spend our money through this month may well decide who is still in business in 2021.
I actually enjoy shopping at smaller businesses. I know the family who runs our local coffee shop, where I can pick up gift certificates for yummy meals and foo-foo beverages. And no one can beat the personal service at our local hardware/gift store. I love that.
Thank heaven, too, for small merchants who have online stores. Here are a few I’ve discovered that can ship worthwhile gifts:
Chugwater Chili (ChugwaterChili.com): Chugwater, Wyoming, is home to about 200 people and the Wyoming state championship chili recipe. In 1986, five families purchased the award-winning recipe and formed this small company. Warning: Besides the world’s easiest and best chili you can make with this seasoning, you’ll find yourself adding it to everything from eggs to soup. And the families that run this business are darn friendly.