Shop local. Give local.

Did you know that when you spend your holiday shopping dollars at local, independent retailers 48% of that money stays in our community? Giving local has an even greater multiplying effect. So whenever I get the chance to support local businesses that ALSO give back to the community, that’s my kind of Black Friday Shopping. And what comes after Black Friday? 

Small Business Saturday, of course! 

Check out the list below to plan your weekend retail excursions, starting with a fresh cup of locally-roasted coffee from Six Shooter in Waterloo. Owned by Peter Brown, Six Shooter was recently closed for just under a week due to a hit-and-run car accident that damaged their storefront. Employees lost wages during the downtime so Brown is giving 100% of the money from today’s sale of koozies, stickers (and of course tips) directly into employee pockets. Six Shooter is also a pick-up/donation location for #GivingTuesdayCLE “good hats” so you can grab one for yourself or someone on your gift list while you’re there. 

Other local shops that are sharing the “good hat” love include Fear’s Confections in Lakewood, Refresh Collective in Detroit Shoreway and Merchant’s Market in Legacy Village, Beachwood. 

In addition to “good hats” Merchants Market also carries some of the products we love most from #GivingTuesdayCLE sponsors Solstice Roasters, Storehouse Tea and Pope’s Kitchen — all business owners that prioritize people over profits and community involvement as part of their core values. Can’t think of a better place to spend Small Business Saturday! 

Then on Sunday, you will probably find me at Holidays at the Hildebrandt where Storehouse Tea and our friend Ann LaParo from Annie’s Signature Sweets have set up their tasty shops.

Finally, I am looking forward to wrapping my gifts in Northeast Ohio Coalition for Homelessness (NEOCH) Wrap Up Homelessness custom-designed wrapping paper. If you purchase directly from a NEOCH vendor at West Side Market, the $1.25/roll stays with the seller. Or pay just $2 per roll at their local retail partners including Upcycle Parts Shop (also #GivingTuesdayCLE nonprofit partner) as part of a NEOCH fundraiser to support local efforts to break the cycle of poverty through “education and advocacy and nurturing environments.”

If you’re ambitious enough to commit to a whole season of “Shop local. Give local.” — Cleveland.com did a pretty nice job of creating a full list of local places to do your holiday shopping. Click here for that story.

Or if you’re like me — and you’re just looking for a few ways to reclaim some old-fashioned holiday spirit and recover from the chaos of viral consumption, I hope you’ll participate in whatever version of the “Shop local. Give local.” movement makes sense for you.  Sometimes, shopping local costs more and perhaps that means fewer presents under the tree. But the return on your investment will multiply over time in our community and that is a gift you can’t buy in a store.

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