What would your neighbourhood be like if it were not for the hawker stalls, local boutiques and cafés surrounding it? These are the communities that give a sense of local pride, and a unique identity to the place we live in. Also, the people running these small businesses have sacrificed a lot to create something meaningful and purposeful for the community. As businesses resume operations, here are several creative ways to support the local businesses in your area.
1. Spread the love
It takes very little to help your favourite local businesses. If there’s a locally made product/service that you find interesting and worth sharing, spread the love by giving them shout outs on your social media, or posting positive reviews on their official social media. They would love to know what people think of their products or services.
Now is the time when they need our support more than over. This way, you’ll ensure that your favourite café or shop will stay in business.
2. Support local tourism
Now that tourism is gradually reopening for business, it is time to rediscover local gems. Some are even just a couple hours’ drive away from your house. Travelling domestic saves you tons of money, and you are also helping put food on the table of local tour operators, guides and homestay owners.
3. Shop locally, offline and online
Consider going local when it comes to buying necessities, like locally grown vegetables or meat straight from the butcher, and even clothes!
In addition to their brick-and-mortar stores, several local businesses have now gone online. It’s great to be able to shop local via e-commerce platforms and have your orders delivered straight to your house, especially now that it is such a hassle to go shopping with a mask on and having to jot down your details at the store/mall.
4. Display artwork from local artists in your house (and flat lays)
This is a good way to introduce the people in your life (and Instagram feed) to what is going on in the creative community. A thriving art community shows just how empowered a certain place’s cultural prestige is.
Need a painting for that empty wall in your house? It’s time to discover the local art scene in your city, where you can get your hands on some really unique piece of painting from an art or craft fair. You will be surprised to find rare art pieces by local emerging or established artists, and they are more likely to resonate with you culturally!
5. Local subscriptions
Local businesses are not run by algorithms, but real people – your neighbour maybe… These are the people that put effort into delivering the best quality in their products and services. Besides, local businesses are more likely to carry one-of-a-kind products and services that you will not be able to find elsewhere.
So, do your part by subscribing to their newsletter, and liking their social media to ensure you are informed with their latest and exclusive contents. They deserve recognition from the community for their effort, don’t you agree?
That said, have you told your friends to subscribe to our newsletter yet? 😉
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