Can you feel it? There’s a hint of magic in the air. The familiar smells of pine, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar are ready to embrace you. Snow is falling, but maybe you don’t mind since you planned to enjoy a cozy evening at home anyway. The holidays are finally here. And that means it’s time to shop. Show your friends, family members, and coworkers a little love and support your community at the same time by shopping local this year.
Why Shop Local?
This holiday season, it’s more important than ever to shop local. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on businesses in your community as they’ve adjusted to financial changes and new health and safety measures. Shopping at small businesses contributes to the economic wellbeing of your community, provides jobs for your friends and neighbors, and helps keep your city unique.
So, just how big of an impact does your dollar have when you buy local? According to EntryPoint, a nonprofit research institute in Ann Arbor, 48 percent of the money spent at local businesses stays in the community.1 At chain retailers, only 14 percent of your dollar supports your community.
Start planning your holiday budget and let’s get ready to shop on Main Street!
From ordering takeout to buying gift cards, there are plenty of ways that you can help keep your city vibrant. Check out a list of some of our favorite Michigan resources to shop local for the holidays.
Mitten Crate2: Order unique, themed gift baskets featuring goodies from Michigan-made businesses. Subscription boxes are available too!
Lakeshore Gift Guide2: Check out a list of West Michigan businesses that you can support by shopping in-store or online.
Pure Michigan Shop Local Guide2: Browse lists of local gift shops, apparel companies, and antique stores by region and category.
Shop Local Macomb2: Search for small businesses in Macomb County with an interactive map that lists businesses by category and location.
Destination Ann Arbor2: Find a list of Washtenaw County businesses that offer unique gifts for every age.
A Taste of Michigan
Gift shops, farmers markets, and online stores are great places to pick up Michigan-made sweets and treats for everyone on your list.
Michigan Good Food Fund2: Support independent business owners and order local food favorites right from home.
Allen Neighborhood Center2: Stop by this Lansing-area farmers market that operates year-round to pick up fresh fruits and veggies for your holiday feast.
Taste the Local Difference2: Find a tasty treat for all of your favorite people with this guide to Michigan food retailers.
Eastern Market2: Visit this large weekend farmers market in Downtown Detroit to find colorful, fruits, veggies, flowers, and plants for your home.
Don’t forget to stop by your local bakery or candy shop to pick up some holiday desserts. Or make mornings a little brighter for the coffee lovers in your life by visiting an area coffee shop for a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans.
And if you don’t feel like cooking, takeout from an area restaurant is never a bad idea.
Still Need Ideas?
For other local shopping resources, make sure to check out your local Chamber of Commerce website. Many area news outlets are also publishing lists of businesses to visit this season. And make sure to follow your favorite local stores and restaurants on social media to learn more about their hours and offerings.
Let’s end 2020 by making sure our favorite businesses have our support and can start 2021 on a positive note. Have fun shopping and stay safe. Happy holidays!