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Shop Locally: Small Business Saturday – #iheartsmallbiz Giveaway

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Tis’ the shopping season! This year our family will be doing plenty of shopping and like every year we like to support small businesses. Some of our favorite small businesses include local bakeries, gift shops, spas and hardware stores.

Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010 and supported by The UPS Store, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Celebrated on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (this year, November 30), Small Business Saturday inspires people to shop and support small businesses, and give back to the places that have given their communities so much.

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The UPS Store website’s Shop Small  is a great resource for  finding small businesses near you. Their website can help guide you to making great shopping choices this holiday season. If you are a small business owner you will find a number of essential resources to help support your business this holiday shopping season.

Be sure to connect with The UPS Store on Facebook and on Twitter.

How are you supporting small businesses?

Post your favorite small business on The UPS Store Facebook wall with the hashtag #iheartsmallbiz and tweet @theupsstore using the #iheartsmallbiz hashtag!  

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“This post is brought to you by The UPS Store and The Motherhood, and I’ve been compensated for my time. However, all opinions are my own.”

72 Comments

  1. Michelle Tucker on November 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    There’s a shop called Flour Power that I love. It’s a local bakery.



  2. Maria J Holguin on November 29, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    The Emporium. I love it because it has a 50’s feel to it, vintagey and fun. I can have ice cream while I shop for books, stationary and postcards.



  3. Melinda Stephens on November 29, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    My favorite is a the Sweet Tooth Fairy bake shop in Utah. The best cupcakes ever.



  4. Jenny S. on November 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    my favorite small business is Dougs Donuts in my town. They have the best donuts ever.



  5. Jen F on November 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

    My town has a local shop. It carries a lot of home decor items. It is really nice and the owner is great!



  6. Danielle F. on November 28, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    My favorite small business is a bakery a town over from me that makes the absolute best everything – chocolate cake, cheesecakes, cupcakes, pies, etc..
    A friend got me a dark chocolate raspberry cake for my birthday about 5 years ago from the bakery and after one bite I never looked back. I saw the bakery’s sticker on the box and went there a week later to see what other goodies they had and ended up getting a bunch of stuff and go back at least once every couple weeks.



  7. Teresa Moore on November 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    My favorite small business is a kids clothing consignment shop. Love that I can get good clothing at reasonable prices and sometimes there are dollar clearance sales there.



  8. Tim A on November 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

    There is a brand new doggie store that opened up right next to my grocery store. It is awesome. They do grooming, make their own treats, and have everything we need at prices comparable to the big pet stores. My favorite new place



  9. Virginia Rowell on November 28, 2013 at 4:39 am

    My favorite small business is our local little fruit stand. They are so nice and even though they don’t have tons of stuff to choose from, I get what I can there before I hit the grocery store.



  10. Mandala on November 28, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Coffee shop near my university – baristas are friendly, free internet and features local artists.



  11. Lisa Brown on November 27, 2013 at 10:06 am

    we have a small hardware store that looks like you just stepped into the wild west; old store, lots of great items, and we like to shop there whenever we can to support them.



  12. Allison Downes on November 26, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I really like this boutique down the street from me. They always have new things in

    Thank you for the nice giveaway!



  13. jamaise on November 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I love Etsy which is all small businesses. I try to shop small and local whenever I can. My favorite is the local Butcher’s Block. They do organic meats, specialty baked goods, and old fashioned products that you don’t find often anymore. I just picked up my Thanksgiving turkey there!



  14. Lisa Davis on November 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    One of my favs is called Luxe Boutique in Arroyo Grande, CA. Trendy and unique top of the line clothing store, decorated beautifully. Some wonderful one-of-a-kind accessories and jewelry made out of vintage materials, too!



  15. Denise L on November 25, 2013 at 7:53 am

    We love one of our Italian delis – DiGregorio. The ladies behind the counter get a kick out of my 4 year old ordering gorgonzola…he really does love it!



  16. Andra Eads on November 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I love to shop the Danish bakery in my hometown Burien, Washington…they always have yummy snacks!!!



  17. susana on November 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I love the small donut shop right on main street!!! Been going there since i was little 😀



  18. Chelle on November 24, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    My favorite is Fe Fi Faux–she repurposes old furniture and makes them chic. She’s super talented, friendly, and her creativity is amazing!



  19. Beth on November 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    My favorite is a little shop in town, it’s a butcher and his wife sells doll clothing and furniture for 18 inch dolls. I love window shopping there and at Christmas we always get something for the girls there. The quality is amazing!



  20. Sonya Morris on November 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    My mom’s consignment shop.



  21. Andrea v on November 23, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Mine is called beautiful you boutique. It has amazing jewelry, scares, hats, just about anything unique



  22. Kathy H on November 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    My favorite local shop is a jewelry store that is not part of a large chain that has unique pieces of jewelry, does repairs and changes your watch battery as you wait.



  23. Wendy T on November 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

    My favorite is a little restaurant up the road. It’s great. Consistent, friendly and reasonably priced.



  24. Elena on November 23, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I like our local pet shop and buy pet supplies there all the time



  25. Rebecca Parsons on November 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    My favorite small local business is the little grocery store. They have nice gift items and a dollar section in their store. It’s not a lot of stuff but good deals for things you would spend way more for in a bigger store.



  26. Sadie B. on November 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I love a history store that sells lots of books and little figurines.



  27. Natasha on November 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    My favorite small business is a cute little local toy shop!



  28. Erika W. on November 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    My favorite is a locally owned restaurant that always has a piano player playing! Everyone is so nice and the food is amazing.



  29. april yedinak on November 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    My favorite small business is the Lincoln’s Loft bookstore on our town square. It has books, gifts, toys and little odds and ends. The people are always so nice and very patient with curious kids.



  30. wendy rozema on November 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

    my favorite small business is a local bakery



  31. Nataly Carbonell on November 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Mine is a Cuban Bakery store which is about 2 miles away from my house, Oh my they have the best croquets!



  32. tammigirl on November 21, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My very favorite small businesses are where I do most of my weekly shopping. I have a farm market where I go get produce, cheese, milk, butter, eggs, bread etc. I also go to our local butcher shop to get all of fresh meat. I get all our freezer beef from a local guy who owns a small plastics business locally and raises grass fed beef as a hobby. We also have an orchard nearby – comes in really handy in the spring, summer, and early fall!



  33. Jammie on November 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    The small store at the end of my road, we live in the country and the store closed awhile back, but they reopened and I am excited, love having small mom and pop shops.



  34. Amanda Hoffman on November 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    my favorite is one of those small coffee places so yummy



  35. Stacey B on November 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    My favorite is a children’s store we have in town. They have a play place for them, which pretty much just has a bunch of fun, interactive kids toys ages infant trough 4, and their front shop is full of lots of cute toys, mostly melissa & doug!



  36. Em Ma on November 21, 2013 at 7:04 am

    My favorite small business is a little local shop that sells boutique clothing in my hometown in WI



  37. Wanda McHenry on November 21, 2013 at 12:05 am

    We have a local Italian pizza restaurante that has the best Italian Food! They hardly speak English, but that’s okay with me!



  38. Ava Chavez on November 20, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    My favorite is my local bookstore.



  39. steve weber on November 20, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I like our local Chinese food store.



  40. Betty Baez on November 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I like our local ice cream shop/diner.



  41. Tabathia B on November 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    It’s a used book store that lets you trade in books and you can get credit if you don’t find anything and purchase books for 50% off plus a $2.00 flat fee for books if you trade in and a local toy store that sells quality toys and often has kids activities on saturdays



  42. Jessica w on November 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Rosie’s is an amazing Tex Mex Restaurant in Huntsville, AL that has been keeping us going since leaving texas 🙁



  43. Vicki Wurgler on November 20, 2013 at 7:08 am

    we have a local cafe and bakery that has the best pies



  44. Melissa on November 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I love this new little cafe that opened up down the street from me about 2 months ago. The sweetest lady runs it, and man, can she bake some amazing pastries!



  45. Michele P on November 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    one of my favorite small businesses is Maynard’s Chocolates, it is a family run chocolate business and they do a great job with wedding and birthday favors and are great to work with to find that special gift for the chocolate lover in your life.



  46. Heather Hayes Panjon on November 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    A Local Bakery With Melt In Your Mouth Cupcakes!



  47. Tammy S on November 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    There is a small store near our house that has the best unique gifts around. They have a lot of locally made items and items that you don’t see in other stores. I can always find something in there when I want something special.



  48. Rebecca Orr on November 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    We have several that are amazing. One of my faves is Imagine That! It is a toy store. They also offer clothes, shoes, and more. My kids love to go explore when we have extra time.



  49. Lisa on November 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I love a local cafe in my town – they have AMAZING breakfast food



  50. Kristen on November 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    It’s a fair-trade import shop called One World.



  51. Emily Hughes on November 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    The cellphone repair place that offers better service, prices, EVERYTHING than any of the big box stores.



  52. Nicole Balogh on November 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    We have the cutest baby and kids boutique in our town. You can always find such unique and one-of-a-kind gifts there. Anything from clothing to toys to decorations. I even found several really cute maternity tops there when I was pregnant with my kids.



  53. meredith on November 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I really like the cute paint your own pottery place down the street!



  54. mrsshukra on November 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    We like Down to Earth health food store — we visit it instead of Whole Foods!



  55. Lynda Del on November 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    For me the place is called Lagniappe which is this small and rustic “New Orleans-style” wine house in Miami.



  56. Shannon on November 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    The Mustache in Bentonville AR!



  57. Jonathan Baker on November 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    There’s a great place near us called Hearthstone and they serve wonderful coffee and local desserts.



  58. Jessie C. on November 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I love our local Japanese restaurant, small with great food and very family friendly



  59. Kristie on November 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I like a business called Large-Time Fabrication…he makes really neat things out of scrap metal and all sort of other creations.



  60. spacecadet90 on November 19, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I always shop around and that includes many small businesses around my neighborhood! There is a local bakery that I always buy my bagels from.



  61. Amanda Sakovitz on November 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Mine is a local cupcake shop! They have delicious cupcakes and are super friendly!



  62. Carol B on November 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I’ve been shopping at a small business for years called Steve’s Music Center. It’s a full service, independently owned music shop in upstate NY owned by one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met! Great customer service! He goes out of his way to get anything you want, if he doesn’t have it in store. Great prices too! Music & instruments make great gifts! www.stevesmusiccenter.net



  63. stephanie on November 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    i love shopping at local places



  64. Thomas Murphy on November 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

    My favorite small business is my local bakery.



  65. Cheryl F. on November 19, 2013 at 8:59 am

    My favorite small business is The Bagel Shoppe. They make the best bagels, toppings, and soups ever!



  66. Tamara B. on November 19, 2013 at 9:32 am

    My favorite small business is called www.mainelycoles.com Owned and run by a beautiful lady named Heidi. She sells All Natural and Organic Skin Care Body Butters, Lotions, Body Scrubs, Massage Oils, Shampoo, Conditioners,Facial Cremes,Masques,Toner..All natural Sachets,Botanical Mists,Lip creme and Soap Bars we offer Goats Milk Soap All Natural Soap & Organic Soap Bars. Love her shop and her customer service is impeccable!



  67. Wild Orchid on November 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

    My favorite local shop is a small bead and jewelry store. Entered the rafflecopter as “Wild orchid”

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  68. Cynthia R on November 19, 2013 at 7:45 am

    my favorite is the book exchange in our downtown area, they have an amazing number of used books, Iove looking at their shelves, can be there for hours.



  69. Christina on November 19, 2013 at 6:48 am

    We have a local Deli and Bakery that we love.. I enjoy the donuts and sandwiches, hubby likes their coffee. We also have a lot of really neat and fun shops at the boardwalk on the beach… my favorites are probably the ones that set up tables nightly though with their handmade and homemade items.



  70. Mary Happymommy on November 19, 2013 at 6:22 am

    We like our local bakery.



  71. Jennifer on November 19, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Our local card and gift shop, it’s nice when you go in and they know you by name and not a number.



  72. Renee on November 19, 2013 at 3:11 am

    We have a used book store called tattered pages. love shopping them for books for my grand kids. it is privately owned by a wonderful woman