Are you ready to spread some holiday cheer? Consider supporting local businesses by shopping locally for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift. By doing so, you’ll be giving a gift that keeps on giving—local economic prosperity that is!
Did you know that $100 spent at a locally-owned business generates $45 of local spending, compared to just $14 when you shop at a national chain? Or that the country’s 32.5 million small businesses create 64% of new jobs throughout the US? So, when you shop locally, you’re not only putting your hard-earned dollars to work in your community; you’re supporting the engines that fuel our national economy.
And, locally sourced goods and services like those found in and around the Lakes Region of NH are often crafted by local artisans and are exclusive to our region, making for memorable gift-giving during the holidays and beyond.
Our team has come up with a few suggestions on where to shop locally this holiday season. Stop by and help one of these businesses out!
The Blossom Shop – Franklin, NH
Aside from designing stunning floral arrangements for any special occasion, The Blossom Shop also sells an assortment of locally produced gifts, such as wreaths, earrings, wall hangings, stuffed animals and gourmet baskets. Next time you’re traveling through Franklin, stop by their boutique located at 736 Central Street.
Imagine, Bristol, NH
Located at 2 Central Square in downtown Bristol, Imagine offers an eclectic array of unique clothing, jewelry and accessories for women with discriminating taste. Check out new arrivals and special deals simply by following them on Facebook.
Kettlehead Brewing Company, Tilton, NH
For those looking for the best brew around, Kettlehead is worth the trip! With 12 rotating taps of brews and ciders produced in-house, they offer a beer to please any discerning palate. Kettlehead produces several beer styles, including New England IPAs, fruited sours, big stouts, lagers, wheat beers, and low ABV options. In addition, they offer unique pub fare prepared from locally sourced ingredients. We highly recommend the fish tacos!
Sweetz & More, Tilton, NH
A trip to Sweetz & More will bring back nostalgic memories of your favorite candy from your childhood. Featuring nearly 3,000 items along with 24 varieties of ice cream and 380 flavors of soda, you will certainly find something to satisfy your sweet tooth! Their items are also available for purchase online at sweetzandmore.com if you prefer not to deal with the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season.
Those are just a few suggestions of local businesses worth a visit. What’s your favorite local business? Take a picture and share it on social media using the #shoplocal hashtag as inspiration for others.
Better yet, why not continue the movement beyond the holidays by showing support for entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the year? Encourage your friends and family to do the same; your local businesses will certainly appreciate the support. At Franklin Savings Bank, we work with entrepreneurs and local businesses to help them achieve their dreams and goals. Contact one of our commercial lenders or business relationship managers to see how we can help you.
Happy Holidays from FSB!