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How Indie Bookstores Are Like Cheers Minus The Beer

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.28.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

photo by E. Natiello Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday, and two days before Cyber Monday, is a relatively new national campaign to ...

7 Ways To Support Your Community

Pawel Alva Nazaruk | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Pawel Alva Nazaruk

We collected the best ways to change your neighborhood and your community's life, check it out!

Why I Shop Local... And Why It's Easier Than You Think

Heather Garbo | Posted 06.13.2016 | Denver
Heather Garbo

I admit it -- I have an Amazon account. I may love to shop local, but nothing is ever all black or all white, is it? I recognize that sometimes I'm just not going to find what I'm looking for at the local independent shops. And sometimes it's just easier to have it delivered. And, that's okay. I still consider myself a "localist" because I believe in the value of shopping locally, and do so as often as I can.

Is It Really So Hard To Shop Local?

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.17.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm lazy. I hate shopping. And, I'm generally pretty busy. So when I need food, I usually go to the closest chain grocery store. When I need "stuff," it's so much easier to go to Target. It's only when I give gifts that I hit the small stores in my community looking for something unique.

Savannah: The City of New Beginnings

Tanya Caruso | Posted 10.16.2016 | Style
Tanya Caruso

The city of Savannah is constantly intertwining its past, present, and future. Since the city's emergence, trade and manufacturing have played a huge role in its economy and continue to make an impact on a local and global scale.

3 Essential Tips For Buying Mother's Day Flowers

BloomNation | Posted 06.21.2015 | HuffPost Home

It's important to remember Mom's favorite flowers when selecting a Mother's Day arrangement. If you don't know it, phone your Dad or sibling. Mothers do so much for us year-round; paying attention to the small details will go the extra mile in showing your appreciation.

Marketing Success With Local Pride

Diana Mackie | Posted 06.10.2015 | Small Business
Diana Mackie

Small businesses, particularly those in small towns, can really win big by playing up the theme of local pride in their marketing and messaging -- and there has never been a better time to try this tactic.

Most Popular Flowers for Spring!

BloomNation | Posted 05.17.2015 | Style

Spring is always a highly anticipated time in the flower industry as SO many things come back into season, and life just pops back into our coolers. Weddings start to take off, and of course, Mother's Day is upon us.

To Shop Locally or Not to Shop Locally? That Is the Question

Karen Angel | Posted 03.08.2015 | Small Business
Karen Angel

A vibrant Main Street helps make the local economy more resilient and boosts real estate prices. Plus, buying locally means less shipping and a smaller carbon footprint.

6 Ways for Dressing (the Holiday Dinner Table) to Impress

BloomNation | Posted 02.22.2015 | HuffPost Home

A well-dressed table makes a huge difference in the atmosphere of a party; it brings that extra seasonal joy and excitement for a night to remember.

Street Artists Around The Country Celebrate Small Business Saturday

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.28.2014 | Arts

Thursday is Thanksgiving (everyone knows that). Friday is Black Friday (most people know that). Saturday is Small Business Saturday (did you know THAT...

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

4 Friendsgiving Floral Tips

BloomNation | Posted 01.04.2015 | HuffPost Home

You've checked out recipes on Pinterest, made a list of games you'll play with your friends, and settled on a dinnerware set that is casually cool like the holiday itself. But what about the table centerpieces?

7 Great Brooklyn General Stores

Sarah Stodola | Posted 09.26.2014 | New York
Sarah Stodola

The general store, a once-central crutch of American life more recently relegated to pit-stop status on country weekend getaways, is having a serious ...

Where To Plop Down For A Much-Needed Cocktail Post-Shopping

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.30.2013 | Denver

As the holiday shop-a-thon approaches full throttle this weekend, it's important keep the nerves at ease from all those long lines and crowds and what...

Where To Stop For A Coffee Break During The Holiday Shop-A-Thon

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 11.29.2013 | Denver

"The basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis -- a good hot cup of coffee," humorist Alexander King said famously about coffee and a...

Why Buying Local Is Worth Every Cent [Infographic]

Michael Salguero | Posted 01.24.2014 | Small Business
Michael Salguero

When taking the state of our economy into consideration, buying local could be the best decision U.S. shoppers make this season.

Because Eastern Market, That's Why

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Amanda Gregory

I suspect the reactions I received when telling people I was moving to Detroit were similar to those one might receive after announcing a plan to move to Yemen or to give up practicing law in order to farm tarantulas. Many just did not understand.

This Book Will Change Your Life

Allison K Hill | Posted 05.05.2013 | Books
Allison K Hill

A decision to save $6.00 by buying a book online, multiplied by thousands of customers every day, means that your local bookstore -- the place where you meet friends, met your partner, or found the book that changed your life -- may not be there next year.

Smartphones and Tablets -- Rural Shoppers Don't Leave Home Without Them

Diane Smith | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Diane Smith

This explosion of e-commerce and online retail opens up opportunities for those of us living in rural America. We see it every day in my backyard. Retailers of all kinds of products are all accessing the global marketplace via the Internet.

Where To Shop Local This Cyber Monday

Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago

This year, Cyber Monday is poised to overtake Black Friday in overall spending for 2012. The frenzy to scoop up online deals makes it easy to forget s...

America's Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Natural Home just published its Top 10 Green-Built Neighborhoods list, applauding forward-thinking, responsible housing developments.

"Buy It in LA" and Los Angeles Will Prosper

Al Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Al Abrams

People are understandably anxious about Los Angeles' eroding financial situation but often feel there isn't anything that an individual, a family or a business can do to help. There is.

Starbucks: From Fair-trade Zero to Local Hero?

Waylon Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Waylon Lewis

Starbucks is already Fair-Trade. Now, they say they're going green -- and supporting local -- by 2010. If they actually do it, I might have to give up my 15-year buycott.