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Lots of great businesses in Seattle. Two come to mind that do good for the community. Half Price Books and Silver Platters. Both are about recycling old Books and Music. HPB has thousands of books, they buy and sell. Silver Platters does the same service except for old music, records, tapes, CDs! They have been around forever supporting the needs of the locals, keeping folks employed and giving great bargains to all!
My favorite community business is Sage and Attachments in Flemington, NJ . Not only do they have wonderful items for children, clothing, jewelry for women and gifts that are just great but the owner is constantly finding ways to give back to the community. Thieve two sister stores are great and the owner deserves this recognition.
My favorite small business is connecting grandchildren with grandparents in a fun, exciting way.. through good old fashioned snail mail. Such a unique gift for birthdays and holidays -- Snail Mail for Kids has created a mascot, Sunny the Mail Snail, who sends kids their very own letter every week. All kids love mail so much and hearing from a friend every week is perfect for kids stuck at home or lonely throughout this pandemic. Plus, it keeps kids reading and learning about the world too. Created by an "over 50" mom who was looking for a creative way to get her son reading, now she has started her own business with letters going to kids all over the world. She turned Sunny the Mail Snail into a fun little plush snail kids can snuggle with while they read their mail. We all love mail and everyone needs something special in the mail every week. The kids solve secret codes, collect little treasures, color bookmarks and more. It's a really fun small business putting smiles on faces everywhere. I hope I haven't posted too many pictures...
One of my favorite restaurants in Athens, Ohio, is The Village Bakery. They bake wonderful breads, serve salads, sandwiches, quiche and delicious baked deserts. All the ingredients are local and organic. It is a friendly place to meet with a friend and share a meal. In addition, Chris and Bob support the local farmers who provide the produce used in the restaurant, even by demonstrating against possible polluters. In addition, The Bakery uses solar panels and geothermal energy to provide the energy for the restaurant's heat and electricity. Bob and Chris are truly active members in our community, and by their example, leaders in preserving our environment, combating climate change and nourishing our stomachs and our spirits.
Basil & Rose in Bountiful, Utah (about 10 minutes north of downtown Salt Lake City) is owned by a fellow single mother over 50. Her store focuses on plants you can eat! But not only does she sell plants and seeds to establish your own garden, she sells all kinds of fun gifts relating to edible plants, fruits & vegetables, gardening, bees, flowers, and all kinds of fun things! She also hosts other small businesses and crafters, and offers classes when COVID restrictions permit. If you're ever in the SLC area, her store is worth the extra few minutes drive!
Soon after moving from the Midwest to the Phoenix, AZ area, we discovered the fantastic Greek & Italian Restaurant called Dino’s in the suburb of Goodyear. It is family owned and operated and has the most wonderful variety of Greek and Italian specialty food choices as well as superior service. I can truthfully say dining at Dino’s is absolutely addicting. Peter, the owner is so welcoming and friendly to all and has a good sense of humor. Our family has definitely lost count as to how often we go there. It is well worth it. ----- Lynn Assimacopoulos
Pine Hill Nursery outside of Elk Rapids in northern Michigan is like walking through a magical place. Full of beautiful flowered walkways and numerous greenhouses with every flower, vegetable, plant, and herbs there is. Love seeing the fairy garden section and fish pond.
Olive Cart in quintessential small town of South Haven, MI has the friendliest staff and welcoming atmosphere. You can sample anything in the store, and you will want to. They help with recipes and cooking ideas. You can join their punch card club to earn a free bottle of oil. Check their website out to learn more: https://www.olivecart.com/
There is a store in Waynesville, Ohio called Lilly's Corner Mall. It is an antique store that is a delight to visit. One can easily go down memory lane just walking through the store.
Lilly's Corner Mall is not just an antique store, it is a long time fixture in Waynesville. The building was built in 1917 and was divided into two with the Miami Theater on one side and the Kilpatrick-French Motor Car Company, of Lebanon, Ohio on the other.
The Miami Theater opened in 1918. Admission was 10 cents plus a one cent "War Tax" while the doors to the showroom of the car dealership opened and introduced Ford Automobiles in the area. In 1959, Lilly and her husband purchased the building. The theater and car dealership were gone and an auction house occupied both sides of the building. Some time ago, Lilly converted the entire building into an antique mall. Lilly's Corner Mall still has the original beams and frame work along with the original double doors and showroom windows from the car dealership. The theater section has the original 22 foot high wood ceiling along with the original wood cornices along the walls Toward the top of the 22 foot walls are original movie theater character cut outs such as Elvis, the 3 Stooges, and Glenda from the Wizard of Oz. As Lilly is now well in her 90s and unable to work in the store, her daughter now owns the store and mans the day to day operation of the store while Lilly still handles the financial books. Lilly's is open 6 days a week so I am sure it is hard work.
The store contains antiques, collectibles, and decorative items. Items are very well priced and the stock constantly changes so if you don't find something one week, it may well be there the next. It is a delight to visit and a destination in and of itself. Whenever I have been in the store, the people behind the counter are always friendly and willing to help. When my sister-in-law visits from Columbus, we head to Lilly's. I think she loves it as much as I do.
Our favorite local small business is Octavio's La Burrita Mexican Restaurant. The owner, Octavio, is so kind and fun. He always welcomes you with a smile and remembers your name. He is very personable and down to earth and his food is amazing! I know it's been a struggle for his small business this year but we hope he's around for years to come!
Thanksgiving is around the corner, No family gathering this year because of that nasty bug, Covid-19. Will I miss out on the big turkey? Of course not, thanks to The Chocolate Bar, a dessert shop in Houston,Texas! This wonderful place has graced my neighborhood for a couple of decades. Cakes, ice-cream, chocolate-dipped strawberries, hot cocoa, chocolate cows and cowboys, holiday-themed chocolate treats... In a nutshell, all things chocolate. Delicious, fun, and good for my mental acuity!
What will I choose? The big turkey? Or will I be more modest and reasonable and get a little one, with a side of chocolate-covered Oreos cookies of course? Dilemma, dilemma! The Chocolate Bar is here to help me make my choice. Happy Thanksgiving!
My favorite neighborhood small business is a family run store on West 72nd Street in New York City, which is so local that it barely has a real name - the awning reads "125 W. Stationery & Toys" - but everyone in the neighborhood knows it. Yes, the store carries an amazing array of everything "stationery" and toys you probably won't find elsewhere, virtually nothing electronic but more oriented towards learning/activity toys and crafts. And the tiny store is also packed from floor to ceiling with art supplies, greeting cards, calendars, holiday decorations, balloons, party supplies, and more! If you don't see what you need, you just ask a staff person and very likely they do have it and can point you right to it. It's nothing like a big chain store!
But even better than the products carried are the staff: they are so friendly and helpful and accommodating. My favorite feature was the super friendly, avuncular shop owner - unfortunately no longer there now (his daughter now runs the store) - who served as the cashier.... and local comedian, who told the absolute worst jokes, but made himself and all the customers laugh out loud; what a sweetheart.
Several times the shop has been at risk of going out of business but so far neighbors have rallied to keep it going. The shop is truly the definition of "shop local"..... I recommend it to anyone in Manhattan.
I want to give a shout-out to a wonderful bookstore which specializes in Murder Mysteries. Murder by the Book (where a good crime is had by all) is located in Houston, Texas. The store has an insane variety of books, from the classic mysteries to the cozies to the thrillers… It has a section for children. It is a good place to do Christmas shopping, choosing T-shirts, puzzles, mugs, socks, and books of course! During the pandemic, they have taken many steps to keep their loving customers from being murdered by Covid-19: mail order, contactless curb-side pick-up, number of customers at one time restricted, masks of course. As the icing on the cake (no arsenic in it!), each employee has an encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and is always willing to direct the customers toward the best selections for them. I love Murder by the Book!
Frontier Restaurant not only do they have the best cinnamon rolls that are big and covered in butter, but they allow you to buy 6 of them for about $10. They have great hamburgers, New Mexico type food, they been open since 1971 which is near right across street by the university where a lot of college students like to hang out while studying, it's a must stop restaurant in town if you want to experience New Mexico.
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