Local and Safe Holiday Shopping
Our local businesses rely on our support and can offer you a safe holiday shopping experience. Shopping locally is more important than ever this holiday season. While it may seem more convenient to do all of our holiday shopping online, COVID-19 has negatively impacted many small businesses, while large, online companies have profited from the pandemic.
Why shop local?
Research has shown that shopping locally has many benefits, including economic growth and job opportunities, increased investment in local non-profits and the community, more environmentally-friendly, and leads to higher community satisfaction overall.
How to shop locally during a pandemic
How can we support our local businesses while also maintaining a safe holiday shopping experience during COVID-19? Local businesses provide many options to have a safe holiday shopping experience. From online orders to phone-in/pick-up orders to limited contact shopping, our local businesses are here for you and ready to give you great customer service.
Shopping remotely is the safest option at this time. Many local businesses have online stores where you can browse and purchase gifts for your family and friends. Don’t know where to start? Check out Travel Medford’s Local shopping guide https://www.travelmedford.org/shopping to see a list of local boutiques, home décor, and more.
If you would like to browse a large variety of items at the same time, Shop Ashland has an online store that includes products from over three dozen local businesses at https://www.shopashlandoregon.com/.
For those hard to shop for people on your list, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce has you covered! They are offering Ashland Chamber Gift Certificates that can be redeemed at more than 40 Southern Oregon businesses at http://www.ashlandchamber.com/page.asp?navid=1226.
If your favorite business doesn’t have an online store, give them a call and see what other safe holiday shopping options they have for you. Many local businesses will do a phone order or go the extra mile to take care of their customers and fellow community members.
Safe Holiday Shopping In-Person
While shopping remotely is the safest option at this time, local in-store shopping is still possible and can be done safely. Just remember to…
- Wear your mask
- Stay 6 feet apart and follow any signs indicating the direction of traffic.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Call ahead to put an item on hold to limit your time in the store.
- Stay home if you are feeling ill.
From all of us at the Be Savvy website, have a safe and happy holiday season and remember to shop local!