As the holiday season arrives, the act of gift-giving takes center stage. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on shopping locally, especially for Christmas. This trend is not just about checking items off a gift list but about nurturing the spirit of community, sustainability and economic well-being.
Small businesses are the heart of many communities, and this is especially true in Statesboro. So many of our businesses are locally owned and operated and have served our community for decades. They create jobs, boost our economy and provide unique products that contribute to our region’s distinct character. When you choose to shop at local stores during the holiday season, you’re not only purchasing gifts but also investing in the well-being of your community.
These businesses often face stiff competition from big corporations, and the holiday season can make or break their annual revenue. By choosing to buy from local shops, you’re helping these businesses thrive, ensuring that they can continue to serve the community throughout the year. Also, many retailers sponsor local events, support charitable causes and actively participate in neighborhood initiatives. When you shop local, you indirectly contribute to these community efforts, making the holiday season more vibrant and connected.
One of the joys of shopping local for Christmas is the opportunity to find unique and personalized gifts. Local stores often offer handmade or artisanal products that can’t be replicated by big-box retailers. The personalized service you receive at local stores is also unmatched. The staff in these establishments often have a deep knowledge of their products and a genuine interest in helping you find the perfect gift.
There are lots of options in Statesboro when it comes to shopping local for Christmas. Here are just a few of our favorites:
- Anderson’s General Store: A family-owned general store that opened in 2005, Anderson’s offers a variety of goods, from clothing and accessories to home decor and gifts. They often carry Southern and locally inspired products.
- Bernard’s Jewelers: Starting as a watch and clock repair shop in 1969, Bernard’s has grown into a luxury shopping experience, where expert designers give every client the personal attention they deserve. Stop in and see their amazing selection this holiday season!
- Charlie’s Funky Junk Shop: A visit to Charlie’s is a new experience every time you walk through the door, where you’re sure to find something for even the pickiest person on your shopping list. Former Georgia Southern student writer Dana Lark, in a story for the university’s Reflector Magazine, described this shop perfectly: “If Pier 1 Imports and your grandmother’s attic had a baby, this is the fun, eclectic offspring.”
- Sew Much Fun: Monogrammed clothing holds a special place in Southern culture due to its personalization, connection to tradition and association with Southern hospitality and style — so we were thrilled when Sew Much Fun relocated from Savannah to Statesboro in 2008. Take in your own items or shop their store for clothing, accessories, gift items and more.
- Walker Pharmacy & Boutique: The Walker family has been providing superior service to the Bulloch County community since 1984. Here, shop trendy clothing, jewelry, home decor and gift items you’ll want to keep for yourself. They also have a wonderful selection of game day apparel, so whether you’re cheering on the Eagles, the Dawgs or both — they have something for everyone!
- L.A. Waters Furniture: The year 1934 marked the opening of this family business. Since then, their exceptional customer service and large inventory have made their stores a “one-stop shop” for home furnishings and accessories for generations of folks.