This afternoon, my family and I did our part by supporting local small businesses. Year-round we prefer to shop local or handmade, but I think it is especially important to do so during the holidays.
Living in an old, mountain gold-rush town, our tourism is really just two months in the summer from campers and two months (if we’re lucky) in the winter from skiers and snowboarders. Our local small businesses need the holiday season to be profitable to carry them through the year and many of our small businesses are family-run, generation after generation.
We may live in a more rural area than you, but…
Let’s all try to support our own communities first and foremost this holiday season!
How did we support our local small businesses today? We spent the day in Columbia Historic State Park and went for a stage coach ride, popped in to say hi to my friend at her “old time” photo studio, took a lunch break, visited the oldest two-story brick schoolhouse in California, and of course shopped our hearts out at Columbia Candy Kitchen.
Not only did we get to watch candy canes being made from scratch, but they sold sugar plums. I, for one, have never eaten or seen an actual sugar plum candy. Have you? Obviously they must be seasonal so I snagged a quarter-pound and Cami and I snacked on sweet purple sugar plums for the rest of the afternoon.
What a great start to the holiday season!