Love your local business this Valentine’s Day
With more than 3.5 million small businesses operating across Australia, there’s a lot to love about shopping locally and supporting unique options on your doorstep.
Handy to home, these businesses not only contribute more than $410 billion to the economy each year, they also help to make up the rich fabric of our neighbourhoods.
For those in our communities with the means, supporting small business is regarded as an important way to help the economy recover after two years of significant COVID-19 challenges.
Recently, Paul Zahra, CEO at Australian Retailers Association, said, “The new year has delivered new challenges for retailers in the form of Omicron with tens of thousands of people being forced into isolation every day, and that’s taking a huge toll on the industry – and small businesses in particular, where just a few absences can wipe out an entire store’s workforce.”
So, this Valentine’s Day, why not show your local small businesses the love?
Shop locally – even from home
From boutiques to butchers, and craft breweries through to beauty salons, you’re sure to find something locally to tickle the fancy of your Valentine. COVID-19 also remains a challenge, so many restaurants are still catering for home dining – a perfect opportunity to support them with a romantic meal at home!
Connectivity has become an essential part of daily life, but shopping online shouldn’t mean you need to default to finding things from faraway, exotic places – you can still support local businesses without even needing to leave the house!
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Ideas for loving local
Eat locally – Book a table at your favourite restaurant or hit them or a gourmet grocer up to pack a meal or picnic for two.
Play locally – Head to your local lawn bowls club, escape room, bowling alley, arcade and more for a fun night out.
Dress locally – Choose a new outfit or accessory for your Valentine’s Day celebrations (or the perfect gift) from your favourite local boutique or maker’s market.
Drink locally – From coffee roasters to craft breweries, and distilleries boasting non-alcoholic options to milkshakes and bubble teas, there’s always a lovely local tipple to quench a thirst.
Listen locally – Head to a nearby live music venue to enjoy some Valentine’s Day tunes.
Watch locally – From the silver screen to the stage, there’s a cast waiting to wow you for scares, laughs and tears.
Relax locally – Put your feet up, let your hair down, and feel the stress melt away at your favourite pamper place.