15 Ways To Support Local Saint Louis This Holiday Season

Urban Matter St. Louis
Urban Matter St. Louis

Preparing for the holiday season can be stressful. Now, more than ever you should support your local small business owners with the products, services and gifts they offer. Enjoy shopping by meeting locals and discovering new shops. Amazon can be tempting since it is convenient but it is far from responsible. Etsy supports some small shops but they aren’t supporting our community.

Shopping local supports your community and according to the American Independent Business Alliance (AIBA), when you shop local, approximately 48% of the cost of your purchase is recirculated back into the local economy. When you shop at a chain store, that number drops to only 14%. Good customer service can be hard to find at the big chain stores during the holidays due to retail employees often being stretched too thin in their work schedules. Some of the biggest perks of shopping local are the personalized customer service and the unique, hand-crafted items you come across.

These are our suggestions to support our community, local businesses and shop owners.

  • Write positive online reviews

  • Like and share social media posts

  • Buy gift certificates from local shops

  • Enjoy a warm coffee or tea at a local shop

  • Discover a new local beer at a craft brewer

  • Stop and have a hand crafted cocktail from an expert bartender

  • Bring flowers to a dinner party from a local florist shop

  • Buy gift wine from a local shop who can give expert advice

  • Treat yourself to dinner out prepared by a local chef

  • Buy local farm meat and produce for your holiday dinners

  • Give local bakery breads and desserts for holiday gifts

  • Take a local tour to learn more about the place you live

  • Get your holiday cards from a local artisan

  • Give gifts created by local artisans

  • Attend a holiday craft fair or event

Put your money where your home is.