The Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local This Holiday Season

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Shopping locally and supporting our local businesses is crucial this time of year, and there are many great reasons to do so. We’ve taken the top 10 reasons to shop locally, according to the Institute for Self-Reliance, to help you understand the importance of supporting your local small businesses.

  1. Local Character and Prosperity – In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.
  2. Community Well-Being – Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.
  3. Local Decision-Making – Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
  4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy – Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
  1. Job and Wages – Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
  1. Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
  1. Public Benefits and Costs – Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
  1. Environmental Sustainability – Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
  1. Competition – A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
  1. Product Diversity – A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

The 10 reasons above was provided by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

Win Locally with the 12 Days of Christmas!

Modern Mix – As our name says we offer a Modern Mix of affordable, fun and creative gifts. We’re located in Mashpee Commons. While you’re there, you can pick up the “Hottest Gift of the Season”… Funny Socks! Yes, socks! Cute, quirky and funny sayings make them the prefect stocking stuffer or office gift!

Hyannis Country Garden – Hottest gift: The most popular items would be our own “Cape Cod Wreath” and the array of custom, handmade greens arrangements and living plants from the greenhouse that make excellent hostess gifts for holiday parties

Nauset Marine – Nauset Marine’s “Hottest Gitf this Season” is… Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport! At its core, the unsinkable Boston Whaler construction means the 130 Super Sport delivers a soft, dry ride–for boating that’s simply more enjoyable and reliable every time. Thanks to its modular design concept, you can choose from a long list of options and accessories to customize the boat to suit your preferences (fishing, utility, pleasure or tendering). Add optional bench seat cushions with backrest so that you and a friend can cruise in comfort. Optional cushion turns the bow into a spacious, comfortable lounge space. Optional Pelican® box provides secure console storage for valuables. Optional sun-top with black boot and stainless-steel fittings provides shaded comfort.

Cape Cod Vacuum – Cape Cod Vacuum has been installing Central Vacuum Systems on Cape Cod & Islands for over 30 years offering air filtration and conditioning systems for your home and office environment. They can also recondition and repair all major brands of home and commercial vacuums. Located on Iyannough Rd. in Hyannis and Route 6A in Orleans. Their “Hottest Gift of the Season” is… The Dyson V8 Absolute! The best cordless stick vacuum ever! Cut the cord, not the power! At Cape Cod Vacuum, where you can get local service and still get the Amazon Price!

 Hot Chocolate Sparrow – Located on Old Colony Way in Orleans. Hot Chocolate Sparrow’s cafe is recognized Cape-wide, our chocolate is sent all over the country, and our coffee, desserts, and fudge have been voted #1 numerous times in various local surveys. The Hot Chocolate Sparrows “Hottest Gift this Season” is… The Sparrow Sampler! Choose 1, 2 or 3 pounds of luscious creams, caramels, nuts, truffles, turtles, bark and more! Plus a gift message card is included with all sizes!

Chatham Bars Inn – Imagine waking up to seaside breezes, a fishing fleet leaving for work, or a crimson sunrise over seals relaxing on the sandbars preparing for their day. Clear your mind with beautiful surrounding and sweeping views of the sea while enjoying the warm hospitality you deserve.The “Hottest Gift of the Season” is…  the gift of luxury with a gift certificate to Chatham bars inn. Gift certificates can be used at our luxurious spa at Chatham bars inn as well as any of our fantastic restaurants including the sacred cod Tavern and Stars.

Cardi’s Furniture and Mattress – For Nearly 100 years, Cardi’s has distinguished itself by offering an extensive selection of home furnishings at great prices, backed by unparalleled customer service. This years “Hottest Gift of the Season” is… the perfect “relaxing gift”, Laz-Y Boy Recliners, starting at just $298.

Hannoush Jewelers – Hannoush Jewelers is family owned (“a family business you can trust” is their tagline), and they will beat ANY price – either from a store or online.The Hottest gift this Season is… The Cape Cod Moments necklace. The necklace typically runs $100, with charms $50 and up. It’s basically a locket-style necklace, with interchangeable charms. It’s ONE necklace that you can wear with these different charms, so it’s almost like you have multiple necklaces. And like other collectible jewelry (like Pandora, Alex & Ani, etc.) you can celebrate different milestones in life with the different charms. They have some cool holiday charms, family-type ones, nautical ones and more. Very well made, and all created locally!

Cape Cod Package Store – We strive to provide quality, hand-selected products at competitive pricing to satisfy your entertaining needs. We are the cornerstone of our community, building on family traditions while being vigilant to public safety.We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service. The “Hottest Gift this Season” is … holiday gift baskets, specialty food, and more! Visit

Snows Home & Garden – Snow’s Home and Garden, in Orleans, is a “must stop” for the holidays. Their Holiday Shop is stocked with thousands of ornaments, decorations, and don’t forget to bring the family to see the holiday trains!  Snow’s Home and Garden is the largest family-owned Home Store on Cape Cod and your destination for everything from paint and hardware to items for your bath, kitchen and more!  The hottest gift this year from Snow’s comes from their huge selection of scented candles and home décor!

The Lanes Bowl & Bistro-

An “Uncommon Bowling Experience” The Lanes Bowl & Bistro combines upscale casual dining, bowling, entertainment and events under one roof at the Mashpee Commons. The “Hottest Gift this Season” is a gift card to The Lanes Bowl and Bistro! With our $40 Bowl & Dine Package, a group of 4 can bowl while eating your choice of pizza & wings!  The Lanes Bowl & Bistro also hosts Glo-Bowl! We have party lights, dance music and glow sticks for the kids!

Falmouth Fish- Located in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, Falmouth Fish Market is a locally owned retail fish market offering the finest seafood for our local customers, and we can ship all this super fresh seafood directly to your door via FedEx overnight delivery. The Hottest Gift this Season is… The Cape Codder Lobster gift package featuring 2 New England Lobsters, 2 lbs of Littleneck Clams, and 1 pint of New England clam chowder, shipped over night to anywhere in the US)

Harvest of Barnstable- Discover Cape Cod’s best selection locally made designs made from natural sea shells and silk botanicals plus a unique selection of seaside-inspired gifts. Enjoy our seasonal designs and ornate wreaths, candles, centerpieces, home design items and a unique selection of exclusive fine and costume jewelry. The “Hottest Gift of the Season” is…Custom Handmade Wreaths! We start with a blank wreath base and create absolute magic with our wreath designs.  Each piece is designed and hand crafted in our Cape Cod design warehouse. 

Harwich Paint & Decorating- As an independently owned store you’ll experience a level of service you thought no longer existed while supporting your local community. Harwich Paint and Decorating’s “Hottest New Gift of the Season” is… The YETI Cooler and the Big Larry Power Lights! Yeti Coolers are designed to keep ice longer by pumping them with over twice the insulation compared to most ordinary ice chests. The BIG Larry knows how to light up a room emitting 400 lumens of intense light!

Mirbeau Inn & Spa- A gift Certificate to Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Plymouth, just off exit 3, is the perfect holiday gift!  Gift certificates are good all across the resort – for a stay at the French manor house, treatments at their world-class spa, or award winning dining.  Find it all at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Plymouth. Voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the Top 100 Hotels and Resorts in the World.

Focal point Studio- Located in Orleans, The “Hottest Gift of the Season” at Focal Point is… Restorations of damaged family heirloom photos! Or have a family portrait taken during the holidays when everyone is around or plan ahead for next summer on the beach!

Cape Symphony – The Symphony’s Hottest gift is a gift certificate or tickets to any of their 2017 shows including: New Years Day party, Swinging into the 60s, and Fantastic Voyage!

Cazeault Roofing & Solar – Cazeault Roofing and Solar in Osterville, providing quality roof installations and repairs all across the Cape.  For new roofs and repairs, every shingle will be perfect – which will make it a perfect place for Santa to land! And top off your new or repaired roof with the hottest gift of the season, from, with copper weathervanes and other home accessories!

Country Soul – Country Soul has an amazing collection cowboy boots – for BOTH men and women in an array of colors, leathers and sizes AND THEY CUSTOM FIT, THEY are the perfect gift for both riders and country music lovers.

Crocker Nursery- Crocker Nurseries is plant nursery situated on 7 acres of land. They sell thousands of varieties of annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs along with all gardening accessories and decorations. They’re located at 1132 Route 137 in Brewster.  Hottest gift items: Gifts for the gardener!  High quality tools and pruners, specially assembled gift baskets and more!

Cape Cod Feed & Supply – Cape Cod Feed and Suply is your local one stop shop for all your animal and pet needs. Our staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and takes pride in customer service. Whether it’s helping you find just the right food for your pet or carrying your bags to your car… we are here to help! The “Hottest Gift this Season” is… Baskets filled to the brim with gifts for dog and cat lovers, horse enthusiasts and more in a variety of shapes, sizes and price ranges.  Packages are ready to go at Cape Cod Feed & Supply.

Sam Diego’s

Open since 1982, Sam Diego’s Mexican Cookery and Bar established itself as the “place to go” for Food, Fun and Fiesta on Cape Cod. Independently owned, Sam’s has been a local gathering spot and a festive “refuge” for out-of-towners. Our friendly atmosphere consists of the rich colors of Mexico, tropical plants and cacti, and whimsical artwork and sculptures. With 2 location is Hyannis and Plymouth, a gift card to Sam Diego’s is a perfect Holiday gift!
737 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
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