There is only one week until Black Friday and Small Business Saturday follows the next day which is November 23rd this year! I am excited for both days but I am going to enjoy Small Business Saturday more than Black Friday! Shopping at a small business is so much more personal. The people are friendly and really want to help you find what you are looking for. They probably won’t have the screaming deals that the big box stores will have but I won’t have to fight large crowds and wait in line for hours. By shopping locally, I can support people who live right here in Minnesota! I am helping my neighbors and supporting my town. I receive excellent customer service and I save gas money by not having to drive so far! Our community would suffer if their weren’t small businesses not only from the inconvenience of having to drive many miles to pick up the things we need but also we would suffer from the lack of financial support the small businesses offer out town. We shop at the local grocery store almost daily. We pick up items from the local hardware store and auto parts store a couple of times a month. Our dentist’s office is so small that it has only one dentist! I’m not saying that I don’t shop at the big box stores or the mall because I do quite often but we are huge supporters of the local businesses as well!
When I think about small businesses, the city of Waconia, Minnesota comes to mind. We lived in Waconia for almost 7 years of our married life! When we first thought about building a home in Waconia, it felt like it was too “small town” and too far from everything. But once we moved there, we loved it! Although we no longer live in Waconia, many of my favorite small businesses are still located there. This video showcases some of the shops I love and there are other Waconia businesses that aren’t included in this video. My very favorite fettuccini alfredo is from a restaurant called D’Vinci’s. Their menu describes it as: Pasta tossed with a heavy parmesan cheese sauce, then baked. Finished by covering with melted mozzarella. I’ve eaten fettuccini alfredo at many, many restaurants and I haven’t found one better than D’Vinci’s! Another business is called Dueber’s Department Store and people like to say, “If you can’t find it at Dueber’s, then you don’t need it!” They have everything from clothing and to fabric to food and electronics. My grandmother loved shopping at Dueber’s. She could get everything on her list and she love the small feel of the store. Although most of you will never visit this small town and shop at one of these small businesses, I’m sure you can think of a place in your area that is like Waconia where people are passionate about the business and their town!
What are some of your favorite small businesses?
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