Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express love and support to those in your life. It’s also yet another opportunity to support your local small businesses.
Purchasing from local businesses not only provides a unique and special gift but also helps support those in your community who need you now more than ever.
Here are a few ideas for shopping small this Valentine’s Day:
Dine (or Take Out) at Local Restaurants
The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. There are many ways that you can support them for this Valentine’s Day. If you feel comfortable, dine out at a local restaurant. If you don’t feel comfortable dining out, that’s completely okay, purchase take-out and have an at-home Valentine’s Day catered by your favorite Sarasota-Manatee Originals Member Restaurant.
Our local, home-grown restaurants are eager and ready to help you make this Valentine’s Day special. And please consider leaving a generous tip that shows how much you appreciate them.
Consider Gift Cards
In terms of gift-giving, think of purchasing gift cards from local businesses, and if possible purchase multiple! Grab a few for future date-nights or show love to your family and friends. Think about purchasing gift cards for experiences (we will be able to DO things again soon!), not only restaurants, but retail, salons, and spas, or your loved one’s favorite masseuse (we love ALL things local).
All of these small businesses will appreciate your support.
Show your Love for Local
Help inspire others to give local and unique gifts. When you purchase or receive gifts from small businesses, share a picture or review the product/service. Don’t forget to tag the business. They love seeing their products/services in action! Plus, you might encourage your friends and family to support local businesses, too.
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