Every Small Business Saturday, Bloom Media makes a point to support the small businesses we frequent. As a small business ourselves, we understand how critical the success of small businesses is to the local communities they serve and beyond. Take, for example, the Andersonville Study of Retail Economics findings that $68 of every $100 spent in the Chicago community remained there, compared to $43 of every $100 spent at nonlocal businesses.
In addition, small businesses have been the backbone of the COVID recovery:
And integral in combatting The Great Resignation:
Not only does shopping locally help you, but it also helps everyone around you. So, we encourage you to show support not only by shopping your small, local businesses this Small Business Saturday, November 26, 2022, but every day.
Here are some of the great Small Businesses up and down the East Coast that the Bloom team suggests:
Ice Cream Station, Simpsonville, SC
“Ice Cream Station is an old, retired train station that was converted into a local ice cream shop. It is known as the best ice cream in the region, and every customer is assigned an employee who rings them up, makes their order, and delivers it to them. All the while, the employees go above and beyond to improve your day. This place often has huge lines all day long, yet every interaction with their customers is personal and patient,” states Trevor, Art Director.
Del Fiore Italian Market, Rocky Point NY
“Del Fiore Italian Market is beautiful. The owner, and employees, are very nice, and they give off that hometown business feel every time to every customer that enters,” says Bob, Director of Development. “I love walking in and looking around. I can’t leave without buying something, even if it’s just Italian bread. And I can easily walk out with many things I didn’t even think I needed.”
Bodega, Wake Forest, NC
“Bodega quickly became our go-to spot after our Friday night ballroom dance class. Just a few steps away in downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina, they offer an eclectic selection of savory small plates, house cocktails, and a wine list you can enjoy by the glass or bottle. My favorite dishes are the Arancini, Peruvian Chicken, Cuban Empanada, and Sautéed Parisienne Gnocchi with (a few glasses) of Sauvignon Blanc. I recommend making a reservation as they fill up fast, and try the cheese board and olives as you sit and decide on your next plate, advises Laura, Business Owner and Chief Solutions Officer.
The Next Chapter Bookstore, Huntington, NY
“On September 30th, Book Revue, Long Island’s largest independent bookstore, had to close its doors after 44 years. I was devastated by the store closing. It was where I got to meet my kind of celebrities – authors and find my kind of treasures – books. So, I was thrilled to hear the news about The Next Chapter. The bookstore, advised by one of Book Revue’s founders, Richard Klein, will be run in the same spirit as the Book Revue and run by people who used to work there,” reports Noreen, Wordsmith & Workflow Specialist. “The Next Chapter is gearing up for a late-November opening in their permanent location, and I look forward to seeing you all there!”
Bridge Lane Winery and Pizza Rita, Mattituck, NY
“A perfect day on Long Island is a drive out to the North Fork for good wine and pizza,” states Greg, Project & Production Guru. “Bridge Lane Winery is a great location with a nice tasting room and outdoor seating. And another nice perk is that they let you bring your own food to enjoy; right across the street is Pizza Rita, where they make the best pizza in a wood-fired oven. The crust is perfectly crisp and bubbly. The flavor combinations are very delicious. My Favorite is the Bianco, which is Mozzarella, Caramelized Onions, Mascarpone, Pecorino Romano, Garlic, Basil, EVOO!”
Samuel Cole, Raleigh, NC
“The salon owners, Jack and Joelle Ray, successfully built their vision of having one of the greatest salons in North Carolina, possibly the county,” explains Steve, Bloom’s Chief Creative Officer. “All small businesses require teamwork to thrive, and Samuel Cole is no different. From the time you enter, they make you feel at home with a smile and some tasty beverages. The staff is extremely skilled, helpful, and hardworking; those that aren’t don’t last here very long. They all support each other, and I’ve heard they have seminars for wealth-building, self-help, and other fun excursions. The employees are treated very well, with exceptional benefits, training programs, and excellent salaries. I’ve met a few stylists here, and they have all been with the company for over five years; that right there tells us Samuel Cole is doing something right.”
Remember to make your support count this Small Business Saturday and support small and local businesses. And if you are a small B2B needing to get your message out there, contact us about our Bloom B2B Marketing starter kit.
Love, our small business!