A lot of us want to shop local for the holidays, but it can be hard work to find those small brands and out-of-the-way shops. Given the toll of the pandemic on small businesses, customers this holiday season can be the difference between a maker succeeding and a store closing.
When you buy something at a neighborhood store or from a local artisan you put more of your dollars back into supporting the people in your community.
On Monday at 9 a.m., host Angela Davis will talk about what buying local means and how to find everything from jewelry made in Minneapolis to charcuterie boards handcrafted in Hutchinson.
And we want to hear from you: Who are you shopping for? Let us help you find locally made and sourced gifts. And if you shop local, tell us about your favorite things and where you buy them. Call 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 9 a.m. hour or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR.
Mich Berthiaume is retail curator of the new local marketplace, The Departments at Dayton’s in downtown Minneapolis.
Chris Farrell is MPR News senior economics contributor.