Although the idea behind Small Business Saturday was created by American Express, the heart of it is what matters: supporting local shops, restaurants, breweries, and vineyards. This local love is what keeps CT going. In essence, you’re not only helping to support the owners, but the managers, the hosts, the servers, the brewmasters, beertenders, vinters, the cheesemongers, and the people who keep everything in tip top shape.
So, being big supporters of local business in the 203 all year round, we thought we could give you some nice ideas about how you can get out there and invest your money back into the community.
1) Visit your local farmers’ market like the Westport Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays. If your town or city doesn’t have a winter market, skip to #2. Just a note, WFM not open this Saturday so you’ll have to come back next week and celebrate.
2) Buying gift cards for someone this Christmas or Chanukah? Skip the big name stores and, instead, think smaller:
a) There are plenty of great markets in the area like Walter Stewarts in New Canaan, Palmer’s in Darien, Fairfield Cheese Company in Fairfield, and LaRocca’s or Fratelli Market in Stamford.
b) Plenty of great restaurants also offer gift cards and some even give you more incentives like some cash back. Rizzuto’s is offering 20% off of lunch, dinner, and takeout on Black Friday and if you buy a $100 gift card, you’ll get an additional $20 gift card. Also, Ibiza Tapas in Danbury has a Buy 3 Get 1 Free offer for either $50 or $100 gift cards.
3) Instead of buying the national coffee brand, think about local products like Shearwater Coffee in Trumbull, Deadly Grounds in Norwalk, Raus Coffee out of Stamford, and Path Coffee Roasters out of Port Chester. Need honey for your pies and sweets this holiday season? Skip the honey bear and opt for local honey like Red Bee.
4) Skip your lunch at Fridays, Chili’s, Burger King, or McDonald’s on Small Business Saturday and, instead, head out to your local deli or restaurant. Chances are you’ll have fresher, healthier, and better quality food and you’ll be giving back to the community.
6) You can drink small too. Well, not portion wise, that’s dumb: drink small, as in the little guys from CT. Most notably here in Fairfield County, we’ve got Half Full and Two Roads who are brewing some great stuff right in our own backyards. And, yes, there’s also Charter Oak, Beaver, and GW beer that are based out of the 203 and brewed nearby.