72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

72 Degrees of Hickory Blog

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Five Reasons to Shop Small Business Saturday

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, November 24, 2013

If you plan to start your holiday shopping this weekend, don’t forget to buy a cup of joe at a Hickory area coffee shop, and visit other stores that are close to home. This Saturday is Small Business Saturday -  a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Here are just a few reasons to shop local:

1. Money Back into the Community - One study shows $45 of every $100 spent at small, local businesses stays in the local economy. The money you spend is reinvested into schools, taxes and other community needs.

2. More Jobs - Locally owned businesses create more jobs for the people who live there.

3. Environmental Sustainability - Local stores and restaurants help to sustain vibrant, walkable town centers which are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

4. Product Diversity - Most small businesses select their product offerings based on their own interests and the needs of customers, allowing them to offer more unique choices than bigger stores.

5. Customer Service - Good customer service is hard to find during the holidays because retail employees are often stretched thin and busy with other customers.  Small businesses offer knowledgeable, personalized help in a less crowded environment.

Small Business Saturday was started in 2010 by American Express. The credit card company says the event brings $5.5 billion in revenue to small businesses throughout the country. If you register your AMEX card and use it in participating stores and restaurants, you’ll receive a $10 credit on your AMEX bill.

Click here for a list of participating shops and restaurants in the Hickory area.


We are proud to be a small business serving Hickory and the surrounding areas and support our local community businesses. Please give us a call if we can help you keep your home warm this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at 72 Degrees of Hickory!

We Are Thankful

Matthew Stewart - Sunday, November 18, 2012
It's the time of the year that we celebrate and give thanks. We give thanks at Thanksgiving for family, friends, and all that we each personally cherish. Dating back to 1621, our nations' early settlers held a great feast in celebration. This is thought to be one of the first Thanksgiving ceremonies ever in our country. It wasn't until the early 1800's that it was proclaimed a national holiday.

No matter how you celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, we at 72 Degrees, wish you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy your day with the ones you treasure the most.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: History.com, Thanksgiving

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