Small Business Saturday may be over, but supporting local businesses is important year-round. Small businesses are community gathering spots, they reinvest money into the local economy and make neighborhoods enjoyable to walk around. We chose 10 classic local businesses that were recently shared as part of our holiday shop locally $500 giveaway. Quite a variety of local boutiques, book stores, craft markets, co-ops, cafes and more—all ingredients for healthy, feet-friendly neighborhoods.
What’s your favorite local business? Share local business photos on Walk Score by Dec. 9 and tag it #walkshop for a chance to win $500.
1. Historic Grocery Store
Why shop here? In a former 1880s schoolhouse, George Bowers Grocery offers craft beer, patio dining and live music in addition to staple goods and groceries. Location: Staunton, Virginia (outside of Richmond)
3. Kids Toy and Book Store
Why shop here? Book and toy stores are brick-and-mortar treasure troves for little and big minds. Locally owned Retroactive Kids, with a Walk Score of 92, is no different. Location: Columbia City neighborhood (in Seattle)
4. Food Co-Op
Why shop here? Get local and organic fruits and veggies to prepare healthy meals from this Colorado Food Co-Op (with an extensive bulk section) or one in any other town. Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
5. Farmers and Artisans Market
Why shop here? Find local produce and handmade crafts at a market teeming with neighborhood local shoppers and small business owners at Four Mile Run market. Location: Alexandria, Virginia (outside of Washington, DC)
6. Local Coffee Shop
Why shop here? Coffee shops are community gathering spots where locals brew caffeine-infused warm or cool drinks and people read papers, log onto computers, visit or just relax. Condesa Coffee in Atlanta is right next to the Freedom Park trail (perfect for bikers or walkers to stop in). Location: Sweet Auburn neighborhood (in Atlanta)
7. Clothing Boutiques
Why shop here? Several boutiques shared from this New England port town are in the highly walkable downtown area. Smitten, one local boutique with a 95 Walk Score on Inn Street, offers fashionable women’s apparel. Location: Newburyport, Massachusetts
8. Vegan Bakery
Why shop here? For Midwesterners who want a break from meat-filled holiday calories might discover surprisingly delicious vegan pastries at Mud Pie Vegan Bakery (Walk Score = 82). Location: Kansas City, Missouri
9. Hardware Store
Why shop here? Locally owned with a wide variety of goods, Herrcke’s Hardware is in a nice brick building on a highly walkable street. Location: LaSalle, Illinois (outside of Chicago)
10. Jewelry and Bead Shop
Why shop here? With jewelry-making classes, beads, necklaces, bracelets and more, The Bead Lounge, seems great for gifts and gathering. Location: Audubon Park neighborhood (in Orlando)
Thanks to everyone who has shown support for local businesses (and walkability) by sharing photos on Walk Score. Share more local business photos. One lucky winner (on December 10) will get a $500 Visa gift card to holiday shop locally in 2012.