In the 80s, we witnessed (and participated in) the rise of huge national chains and the way they decimated small, locally-owned businesses.
One of the beauties of the 21st century (and the internet) is that more and more small businesses are opening all the time. I love to see and support the surge in creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. I love buying products that were handmade or made in small quantities–something that not everyone has.
I love supporting local businesses, my neighbors, and knowing that their profits largely stay in my community, strengthening my community.
For others who are looking for unique gifts for Christmas, while strengthening their local community, here are a list of my favorite locally-owned businesses, both in Toledo and Fort Wayne. I’m also a sucker for small artists, so I’ll also share some of my favorite artists.
- Best of Toledo’s Small Businesses
- Best of Fort Wayne’s Small Businesses
- My Favorite Artists (coming soon!)