Supporting small businesses is always something I’ve been passionate about. Not only am I a small business, I’m also heavily invested in my small business peers succeeding. My role in the community is really that of support for our small businesses…it’s what I love doing!
With the added challenge that COVID-19 has posed for many small businesses, I wanted to make an intentional effort to do my part and support them, especially into the holidays. Here are some of my favorite places to support:
Owl Canyon Coffee
Wellington’s only brick-and-mortar coffee shop has been a favorite of mine over the years. Long before I had an office downtown, I’d spend hours down at Owl Canyon working. I’m a drip coffee drinker and theirs is some of the best! They also sell items from local artists and have some of the coolest merch.
Kelly is a Montana State grad (Go Bobcats!) and has the best sense of humor…and you can see that through some of the snarky items in her shop in downtown Wellington. You can find a gift for about anybody in her shop, whether you’re looking for a painting from a local artist or party balloons that say “bitch” or “you’s a ho” on them, Thistle has it!
The Boutique at Trim Salon
I swear, Erin finds the cutest items to add to her Boutique, located inside her salon in downtown Wellington. From funny graphic tees to gemstone earrings, the inventory is always being refreshed and updated.
Sage Mountain Designs
My long-time friend Lea started her own small business a couple of years ago and has made some of the cutest jewelry, mugs, wedding party gifts, Christmas ornaments and custom signs (just wait ‘til you see what she’s crafted for the new office). I love supporting small, mom-owned businesses, especially ones in my hometown of Choteau, Montana.
Soul Squared Brewing
Beer is always a good gift, right? Not only does Soul Squared sell crowlers and 6-packs, you can also snag some awesome merch or a gift card.
Sparge Brewing is another favorite, local brewery, Veteran-owned Sparge Brewing has an awesome atmosphere and also sells crowlers, merch and gift cards.
I’d like to challenge everybody to shop at least one small business this holiday season. Keep in mind that these are the businesses that almost always say “yes” when asked to sponsor a local fundraiser or your kids’ baseball team. The people behind these businesses are community members who are supporting their families, not large corporations. The value of a dollar spent at a local, small business has so much more meaning, especially now!