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    Shop Local: 5 Tips For Supporting Local Businesses

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, it is more important than ever to shop local and support the businesses in Alpharetta. 

    Currently, all residents of Fulton County are commanded to stay at their place of residence with few exceptions. Anyone who violates the order will be charged with a misdemeanor and could face fines up to $1,000 or up to 12 months in jail per offense. 

    These orders, along with the fear of COVID-19, are causing many individuals to slow down their regular spending habits and local businesses are hurting. Luckily, there are several things you can do to support local businesses in this time of need. Here are five of them. 

    1. Post Positive Reviews

    Did you know that 97% of people read reviews for local businesses and 93% of people say their purchasing decision was based on the reviews posted? If you have a favorite restaurant, beauty shop, doctor, etc., in town, spend some time writing positive reviews about these places of business. Publish these reviews on Google, Yelp, social media, etc. This is a great way to spend your time while isolating indoors. 

    2. Share on Social Media

    Did you recently purchase takeout from a local restaurant? Post a picture of the food you received and your family eating it on social media. Tag the restaurant and share your experience and favorite aspects of the meal. This is great exposure for these restaurants and a great way to encourage all of your local friends to order meals as well. 

    3. Plan Ahead

    Do you have an anniversary coming up at the end of the year? What about a child’s birthday? Purchase items now from local businesses for these occasions. For example, if you have an anniversary coming up in a few months, purchase gift cards for a future night stay at a local hotel. Order a specific toy from a local toy shop and have it delivered or receive curbside delivery. This will not only be helping the local businesses but it will help you prepare for these big events as well. 

    4.  Tip Generously

    When picking up your takeout food or curbside delivery, don’t forget to tip. Often, many individuals only tip when they receive personalized service in the restaurant’s dining room. Help these businesses out by tipping even from the curb. If all customers tip an extra $5 or $10, it can be a big help for many of these restaurants and their employees. 

    5. Shop Over The Phone

    You don’t have to go inside a store to get the supplies you need. Rather,  place an order over the phone. Most businesses will be happy to gather everything you need and deliver it directly to your car. For example, if you are spending your time at home working on your yard and you need some landscaping supplies and plants, call a local nursery and ask them to gather the supplies for you. You will be shopping locally and receiving all the items you need to complete a major home project. 

    To keep our economy alive and thriving, we need the help of everyone. Shopping local is a simple thing that can make a significant difference for our community. 

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