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Small businesses are an incredibly important part of every community. Anyone who has walked into their local mom-and-pop bakery, coffee shop, or grocer knows that there is a greater sense of familiarity and comfort that you just can’t get in larger commercial chain stores. Perhaps you have been a long-standing customer at your local bakery and each time you go in the owner greets you like an old friend. Or, perhaps the barista at that tiny coffee shop on the corner of your street knows your order before you even go to pay. It is this extra connection that brings growth to a community. During times of uncertainty, these businesses need community support more than ever.

Here are some ways to support small businesses:

Buy a gift card

Want to give money to a small business right now? Buy a gift card. Even if you aren’t buying anything else because you’re stuck at home, you can give your local shops or favorite restaurant a vote of confidence by spending even $25 on a gift card to use later.

Follow them on social media

Follow, like, and comment on their social media platforms. This is a great way to show support and stay up to date on anything happening at their store. Small business owners will enjoy spending time engaging with their customers even if it means doing it online.

Leave a Review

If you loved the food at a particular restaurant, appreciated the warm welcome your received at a coffee shop, or loved the selection of clothing at a boutique, leave a review! Let’s face it, how many times do we Google reviews on a store or restaurant before we visit it? Reviews are incredibly important for these small businesses and will help them grow.

Shop on their online store (if possible)

Many local businesses have online stores in addition to their brick-and-mortar locations. Whenever possible, consider giving them your business. The best part? You can support them from the comfort of your own couch!

Spread the word

One of the best things that you can do for a small business is to talk about it. Tell your family and friends about them and why you like to support them. Word of mouth is a very powerful tool that can help these businesses thrive.

With these tips in mind, be sure to help small businesses in your neighbourhood. At Maywood on the Park, you are surrounded by great local businesses and restaurants.

Learn more about Maywood on the Park here.