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National Gratitude Month: Celebrating Our Local Heroes, Small Businesses!

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Photo by Sugar Plum Creative

As we gear up for the holiday hustle and bustle, let’s take a moment to give a heartfelt shout-out to the unsung heroes of our communities: Small Businesses.

Small Businesses form the backbone of our local communities, adding a personal touch to our neighborhoods. They host activities, collaborate for good causes, and infuse our daily lives with culture and creativity. By supporting small businesses, you ensure that your hard-earned dollars stay within your community, making a significant impact.

This Holiday Season (and all year round), let’s celebrate the local businesses that keep our communities vibrant and thriving.

5 Ways to Show Gratitude to Your Favorite Small Businesses:

  1. Shopping Small:

    In a world of fierce competition, choosing to shop with small businesses ensures the longevity of your favorite local institutions. Local ownership means decisions are made by those who live in the community, benefiting everyone. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the entire community.

  2. Hiring Local Service Providers:

    At Haven, we’ve built a community of small business owners, freelancers, and remote workers. It takes a village to make dreams come true, and now is the time to show your gratitude to those who make it happen. Shopping small extends beyond gift-giving; it includes choosing freelancers, small business owners, and service providers to keep you going during the chaos of year-end. Show them appreciation by choosing and honoring their services.

  3. Supporting Social Media Efforts:

    Social media shoutouts are priceless. With many relying on digital word-of-mouth, engagement is like gold. Like, comment, repost, and tag small businesses you love. The next time you’re scrolling, give your favorite small business a boost.

  4. Giving Positive Reviews:

    Sing your favorite small business’ praises by giving them a glowing 5-star review on platforms such as Google, Amazon, Yelp, and Facebook. Share your experience and kind words to help support the businesses you love.

  5. Sending Referrals:

    Referrals make the world go around. When you have a great experience, sharing it with friends and family is more likely to keep that amazing small business afloat.

For the Love of Local: Did You Know?! We love supporting our members and shouting their services from the rooftop! Let’s take the Love for Local a step further! Support the Haven Community by gifting services from these featured members or by treating yourself to their service offerings.

  • Maison de Lyons: Permanent Makeup & Jewelry “Together, we can redefine beauty standards, boost self-esteem, and inspire women to embrace their unique features with pride.”

  • Helping Hands Massage*: Massage Services “My motivation in all the work I do, with children and adults, is to use what I have learned to help people and families through the safe and healthy touch.”

  • Sugar Plum Creative: Lifestyle & Branding Photos “Whether you need to collect timeless moments to cherish for a lifetime or create a visual narrative for your business to reach more people, I am here for you!”

  • The Beauty Boost*: Women’s Lifestyle Experiences “The Beauty Boost is a community for women to feel empowered, healthy, and beautiful. We offer events + experiences such as weekend retreat getaways, fitness events, empowerment workshops + socials. Make it a lifestyle with a year pass or start small by grabbing an event ticket.”

  • Luxe and Lemons*: Healthy Meal Services “Meals worth getting excited about – real ingredients, chef-crafted, better you.”

  • Swoon Rugs: Vintage Rugs & Decor “Our collections are built around the idea that good design should be universal, and sustainability is a must. Here you’ll find vintage rugs, recently refinished vintage furniture and vintage decor.”

  • Optimize Chiropractic: Chiropractic Services “From a young age, Dr. Coffman fostered a passion for helping people, a passion that ultimately culminated in the creation of the Data-Driven approach to chiropractic care. Dr. Jake emphasizes continual tracking and customization of care to best meet the needs of each individual patient.”

(*Exclusive discounts provided to Haven Members)

Are you a small business owner or freelancer looking to join a supportive community and have your offerings shouted from the rooftops? Get to know Haven. Sign up for a tour, join the community, or attend an event.

Inspiration for Showing Gratitude This Season:

If you need some extra inspiration for gift-giving, we’ve got you covered! In a previous post, we shared tips and tricks on gift-giving for colleagues and team members. Take a sneak peek below:

For Coffee/Tea, Wine, Chocolate, or Charcuterie Board Lovers:

  • Personalized Mugs
  • Special Coffee Beans or Loose Leaf Tea
  • Coffee Mug Warmer (from a previous year’s post)
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Wine Glasses
  • Wine Glass Charms
  • Wine Bottle Topper
  • Wine Bottle Lights (after finishing a bottle, put your battery-operated wine bottle lights in to use as decoration!)
  • Box of Chocolates
  • Wrapped chocolates with a bow (great to combine with the coffee lovers by putting the bag of chocolates in the mugs!)
  • Charcuterie Board
  • Cheese spreader set
  • Festive dish towel
  • Package of holiday napkins
  • Holiday utensils
  • A book about wine, coffee, tea, or charcuterie boards


Helpful Office Gadgets:

  • Laptop bag
  • A desk plant
  • Fun office paperweights
  • Calendar mouse pad
  • Notepad Set or Notebook
  • Personalized pen


Life Event Gifts:

  • Personalized Luggage Tags
  • Throw Blanket
  • Personalized or Festive Pillow
  • Personalized ornaments for the appropriate life event – new house, baby’s first Christmas, new pet, etc.
  • Cute frames for them to put pictures of their children or grandchildren in
  • Magazine about their hobby, such as exercising, cooking, or knitting
  • Toy for their baby or fur baby
  • A 2023 Calendar for the whole family
  • Any apps that they would find helpful? Pay for a year’s subscription!

Do you need help crafting the perfect gifts? Check out the local business Oakland Inside & Out in New Albany. They are a Specialty Store of the local garden store brand, Oakland Nursery, focusing on home, gift, and garden accessories. From hostess gifts to stocking stuffers, this winter wonderland makes gift-giving easy. Stop by for store specials and use this special coupon!

save 25% off all store merchandise at Oakland Inside & Out November 11-27, 2023 

Coupon valid at Oakland Inside & Out from November 11-27, 2023


The Gift of Haven:

Do you know someone who could use a haven for work? Give the gift of a Coworking Membership to Haven Collective! By signing up your loved one for the virtual coworking membership, they will receive kickass coworkers, access to mastermind groups, business coaching, and a killer resource library, all at their fingertips.

Give the gift that supports your loved one and their business year-round. Click the button below to get started.

Happy Holidays from the Haven Collective Community!

Written by April Warner

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