I am proud to know a number of small business owners in Newport. Not only are they good friends to me, but by owning and operating a small business here, they are adding to the vitality and charm that makes this such a great place to call home.
Admittedly, I won’t be doing much shopping today. I don’t feel guilty or pressured to get out there today to shop locally, because I already do it in my daily life as much as I possibly can. I will be helping out for a few hours at one of my favorite local shops, Newport Wine Cellar, where, no doubt, I’ll end up buying a bottle or two. I’m sure that I’ll pop in next door to Le Petit Gourmet for a bit of cheese to get me through the afternoon. The rest of my night will be spent catching a movie at The Jane Pickens Theater, then probably grabbing a late bite to eat, perhaps at Sapo Freaky Burrito, or maybe we’ll splurge tonight on a beautiful meal at Tallulah’s.
I’m definitely lucky to live in a place where I have so many options for locally owned businesses. I know it’s not like this everywhere, and that it’s not always possible to shop this way. But I hope you’ll consider keeping your dollars in your town, before you head to the big box stores, or the internet. If you need a little nudge, read this article for some compelling reasons to shop locally.
And for more info about the fantastic shopping in Newport, RI, the GoNewport website has a pretty thorough guide for what to get and where.
Of course, if you want info on where to get the best local food-related gifts, I’ve pretty much sampled it all here in Newport, and am happy to point you in the right direction! Yep, I’m definitely your girl for that task.
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