Better Shop Local

Published on November 29th, 2013 | by Mary Gerush

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Three Ways To Eat Local on Small Business Saturday

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Tomorrow — Saturday, November 30th — is a special day. Small Business Saturday is a day to support your small, local shop owners. Why? They make a difference. From the Small Business Saturday web site:

Small business are the heartbeat of our communities. They’re the corner stores that create jobs. The hardware stores that help build our economy.And the mom and pop shops whose very presence makes a neighborhood, your neighborhood.

To be more specific, here are a few key facts about the importance of small businesses in America: Small businesses create 64% of the net new jobs in our economy. They make up more than 99.7% of all business employers. And they employ about 50% of all private sector workers. Let’s show them some love people!

As a grower, cooker, and/or eater, I hope you’ll support small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Use the small business locator to find shops in your area that will appreciate your patronage. Look for small butcher shops, corner markets, or independently-owned kitchen or wine shops, and pay them a visit. It’s a good time to begin your holiday shopping (or find something lovely for yourself — wink, wink.)
  2. Find a local farmers market and get your veg on. It may be cold, but many farmers markets are still alive and kickin’, and they provide farmers — the epitome of small, local business owners—a way to support themselves. Skip the produce section at your supermarket. Hit up a farmers market instead.
  3. Eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a small, locally-owned restaurant. Skip McDonalds for a local burger joint. Pass up Olive Garden for a non-chain alternative. You’ll get better food and support your neighbors. All good stuff.

We are planning to eat at a new, fabulous spot in our area — Battuto Italian Kitchen — a small restaurant owned by friends in North Dallas. What are your plans for tomorrow? If you make a conscious decision to support a small, local business, let us know.

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  • AEM

    We love eating at local restaurants; it’s usually where we find the best food. And, the owners are almost always friendly and interesting.

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