NASHVILLE — This holiday season, if you want to buy local when you shop, look no further than Mom and Pop.
Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29, and independent shop owners across Tennessee will be looking for a bump in sales from consumers who support the retailers rooted in their own communities. Support from those who live and give local can produce an economic ripple effect: Tennessee’s “small batch” and artisan food makers often depend on other small businesses to sell their products to the public. Large box stores may be unable to carry many upscale local products because the producers can’t meet the retail chain’s large volume requirements.
Typical independent businesses that carry local products include gift shops, florists, local wineries, food co-ops, or regional diners and restaurants. Some of these small businesses specialize in gift baskets made with Tennessee products and can ship those baskets to their recipients.