The term “Small Business Saturday” was coined in 2010 by American Express. Over the years it has gained popularity and more locally owned businesses are being recognized. Many people have even begun to avoid Black Friday and opt for Small Business Saturday instead! You might be amazed at how much money stays in your community when shopping locally compared to about $15 when shopping chain stores. However, it isn’t just one day a year that we should shop locally.

By shopping small, YOU also benefit. Every day.

Reason 1: Better Customer Service

I don’t know about you, but when I walk into a small, locally owned business, it seems like the employees are so much happier to see me than they would be in a chain store. It depends on individual personalities, but local owners are generally more warm and welcoming to their customers.

It is always heartwarming to see the smile of a local small business owner when customers come in happy and willing to support them. They put in a lot of hard work and want their customers to be impressed and come back! After all, their business is their passion, and by shopping small you are encouraging a dream.

Reason 2: Community

It’s easy to get to know the owner on a personal level because they are around often and have a desire to engage with customers. I am biased and believe this to be especially true of Sandi here at Bully Brew because she is always in mid-conversation with customers (and we love it).

When you shop small, you feel more at home and have a stronger sense of overall belonging. Next time you need some coffee, stop by a small shop such as Bully Brew where you can sit and chat with the baristas and get to know other regulars instead of be in and out of a chain coffee store. community-144653342

Reason 3:Unique Products

Small businesses are super cool because they all have unique things to offer! At Bully Brew, we offer on-site roasted beans that you can’t buy at a retail store. Other stores offer homemade jewelry and clothing, locally-grown produce, customized gifts, and so much more!

Another great thing about unique products is that it stirs up diversity in the community. It keeps customers interested and adds character to the community as well.

Reason 4: Money Remains in Community

Did you know that when you spend $100 in small businesses and local shops that an average $68 remains in your community when tax dollars are circulated? Crazy! This in turn boosts your community’s economy. money-saving-piggy-bank

When you support small businesses in your community, the tax dollars go back into the community to help fix roads, fund schools, and support safety services such as police and firefighters.

Reason 5: You’ll Feel Good

This is where you get to be selfish. Not only do you get one-of-a-kind items and gifts, supports a dream, or help your community… you get to feel good about your decision to support local small business owners. Do you get more “feel-good vibes” when you shop at chain retail stores or the store owned by your own neighbor?

You can feel good that your money is going toward something good!


There are many great small business in Grand Forks and Fargo, and everywhere few and far between! I have included a SMALL list of some in our areas. As you reflect on this Thanksgiving season and move forward, make it a goal of yours to lend more support to your local small businesses. They work hard and put their all into what they have to offer you. It’s time to show more love for small.


  • Bully Brew Coffee
  • The Olive Barrel
  • Helix Wine and Bites    
  • Darcy’s Cafe          
  • 3 Chicks Boutique and Floral
  • Uncle Maddio’s Pizza
  • Amazing Grains
  • Whole Life
  • Wimmer’s Diamonds
  • Adley Anne’s
  • Pretty b.
  • Designed with Sugar
  • The Ember
  • Curious Clothing
  • Avant Hair and Skin Care Studio
  • River City Jewelers 
  • The Little Sweet Shop
  • Urban Stampede
  • Trojan Promotions
  • Kittsona
  • Two-Twenty Bling Boutique
  • Badman Design

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew



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