For those of us who avoided Black Friday, and spent time doing things around the house, instead of standing in line at the mall, we have tomorrow to participate in the “Small Business Saturday” campaign.
For me, most of our time is spent in small businesses. Not just tomorrow, but most days we try and spend more of our money supporting local retailers, services, farms, and restaurants.
Where could you go tomorrow in and near Howard County that you might not have thought as a source of goods or services?
Christmas trees. Available at Gorman Farm on Gorman Rd. TLV Tree Farm on Triadelphia Rd. Greenway Farms on Rte. 144.
Meats for the holidays. Clark’s Farm. Copper Penny Farm. Maple Lawn Farm. Breezy Willow Farm. TLV Tree Farm. England Acres. Boarman’s Market. Wagner’s meats. Treuth Butcher.
Breads, cakes, cookies and more. How about Atwater’s in Catonsville. The Breadery in Oella. Great Harvest in Columbia. Bonaparte in Savage.
Shop Main St for gifts. Not just Main St. in Ellicott City, but in Sykesville, Mt. Airy, Laurel, Savage (The Mill), Catonsville, and in New Market.
Or the new Turf Valley Towne Square.
Support family owned restaurants instead of the chains. Buy gift certificates to them for your family gifts.
Think outside the (big) box (stores)! How about Mother Nature’s, or Crunch Daddy popcorn?
At Clark’s farm, check out the toy selection, of items made in the USA.
There are probably many more ideas, for Christmas shopping selections.
Keep our local businesses solvent this season.
http://www.mainstreetmaryland.org/blog/2013/11/buy-local-shop-main-street/ provides info on special offers and discounts offered by small businesses in Maryland during the holiday season.