Black Friday may have had you running to the nearest mall, but, the Saturday after Thanksgiving all about shopping locally. It’s Smart Shopper! Our Sydney Stallworth and Renata Digregorio are telling you about a few places you might want to check out.
Almost $18 billion was spent during last year’s holiday shopping season. So, North Alabama leaders are encouraging you to put some of those dollars toward local businesses. We visited a few that say that the personal aspect of shopping locally is one that can’t be replaced.
Piper and Leaf X Lowe Mill is a local tea and coffee shop– which now has three locations from Madison to Birmingham.
Piper and Leaf at Lowe Mill is the original location, we met up with Manager, Micah Thomas, who says they thrive off of the support of the community.
Micah told us about his favorite holiday drink from Piper and Leaf and encourages people to come try it– especially if they don’t think they like to drink tea! He says he loves to talk with the customers who come in and help them pick out something tasty that’s perfect for them.
Micah adds, “People from the community are serving other people in the community. There’s just a lot more personal connection, and it’s just a lot more fun to interact int the community like that.”
The Green Lady is a family-owned CBD dispensary here in Huntsville. Linda Jones opened the business with her son in February of this year. They say they’ve already made a difference in the lives of locals.
Linda Jones says they have a wide range of clients– all who need relief in some way or another. She adds, “Sleep and anxiety– those are really easy things for CBD to take care of. We see a lot of people come in that have those problems. I think it’s because we have such a fast-paced society. And with NASA here and all the engineers, everybody’s stressed.”
Cannabidiol, or CBD, products are popping onto the shelves of even some of your most notable drugstores. People are turning to CBD to help with medical issues, from arthritis, to anxiety, to inflammation.
Linda Jones even busted a few CBD myths for us in the shop! Make sure to watch to hear what she had to say!
Make sure to use the #ShopSmallHSV, tag the Huntsville Madison County Chamber, and post selfies shopping locally on Small Business Saturday for a chance to win prizes!
More Smart Shopper tips:
- Smart Shopper: We made a few stops for “Small Business Saturday”
- Smart Shopper: Get ahead of Black Friday
- Smart Shopper: Shopping online vs. in-store