With Thanksgiving a few short days away, many of us are dashing to the local grocery store and bakery, digging out favorite family recipes and maybe donating to the local food pantry. But after that slow-paced, tryptophan-filled day spent with family and friends is over, the shopping season is abruptly upon us.
Have you put together your shopping lists? Have you scouted out the hottest sales? This season, I recommend shopping local. Not only are handmade gifts and unique items trendy this holiday season, but they also support your local economy.
Why not try to buy products made in America? Or Michigan? Or, better yet, right here in Macomb County? Many independent retailers are participating in Small Business Saturday, offering specials deals and giveaways. Use the searchable database on MakeMacombYourHome.com/Shop to plot out your shopping destinations, view flyers from participating small businesses on our Facebook page or search “business” on MakeMacombYourHome.com/Blog to read more blogs about the many special businesses in Macomb County.
Below is a blog from the director of the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, outlining some of the great shopping destinations that area has to offer.
Caitlin Gerds-Habermas works for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development, often providing content for the Make Macomb Your Home website.
Shop Small in Richmond!
Welcome to Richmond. Our town clock is the symbol of town, and our slogan is “Richmond a city with time for you.” Our main street is actually M19 and takes you past many small businesses.
Tropical Smoothie Café has some awesome healthy food and smoothies, and they’re new in town. Our florists are great and you can select from The Blue Orchid, Flower Carousel and Richmond Flower Shop for all your holiday needs. Neumann’s Treasure Chest has a wonderful selection of fine jewelry and collectibles for gift giving.
If you like antiques and repurposed antiques, then Val-U-Deals and MI Junktiques would be the places to stop. It’s really amazing how old items can take on new looks. If you have a sweet tooth, then you need to visit Maniaci’s candy store where they also have ornaments and decorations galore for the Christmas season. Personalized gifts are always being created at Laser-Mark-It. Marcile’s Fashions and Bridal has a great selection of clothing for all your needs, and across the street is the world-famous Hamilton Bike Shop.
There are also plenty of restaurants in town to grab a bite as you shop around. The charm of Richmond is that many of the shops are within walking distance of each other, especially in the northern historical district. Take a moment and come to check us out.
Jill Albin is the chamber director of the Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce.