Small Business, Big Heart: Why Supporting Local is More Important Than Ever

As Spring blossoms appear on trees, and we spend a little more time basking in the sunshine, many of us are thinking about getting out and freshening up our outdoor living spaces. While big box stores and online retailers might seem like the easy choice, there’s something to be said for shopping local. In Dover, there are tons of small businesses that could really use your support, and there are plenty of reasons why you should give it to them.

First of all, shopping local is a great way to support your community. When you buy from a small business, you’re putting money back into your city, and helping to create jobs. Plus, small businesses often have a personal touch that you just can’t get from a big chain. You might make a new friend, learn something interesting about our community, or discover a hidden gem that you’ll love for years to come.

But let’s be real, the best part of shopping local is the unique and quirky finds you can come across. Dover is home to so many cool small businesses, from diverse cuisine to vintage clothing stores to quaint gift shops. You’re guaranteed to find something that you won’t see anywhere else, and that’s a pretty great feeling.

Plus, shopping local is good for the environment! When you buy from a small business, you’re often supporting a more sustainable and eco-friendly way of doing things. Small businesses are less likely to use excessive packaging or rely on long-distance shipping, which means less waste and less carbon emissions. And that’s something we can all feel good about.

Of course, it’s not always easy to find the time to shop local, especially during the spring clean-up months. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some of the best small businesses in Dover, that you should definitely check out this season. Whether you’re looking for some new home decor to freshen up your space, a toy or game to keep your kiddos busy while you’re relaxing in your outdoor oasis, or some tasty bites and cider flights, Dover has you covered.

Erin Claire

Just the Thing!

My Country Story

Hip Finds Co.

House & Home (located at Pointe Place)

Eight-Legged Octopus

Noggin Factory!

Game Chamber

Central Stitch

Jewelry Creations

Earth, Harmony, Wellness

The Groovy Witch

Ryder Street Co.

Hello Again!

Auspicious Brew

North Country Hard Cider (located on Littleworth Road)

Gallivant Global Eatery

Two Bees Cafe & Pâtisserie

So there you have it, just a few of the many amazing small businesses in Dover. I hope you’ll consider supporting them as we all start to venture outdoors, soak up the sunshine, and reemerge from our winter hibernations. When you shop local, you’re not just buying a product, you’re investing in your community and supporting the dreams of hardworking entrepreneurs. And that’s something worth celebrating.

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