I love being a very small business. I love greeting every client myself and that most of you expect I’ll be clearing crumbs off my desk when you walk in the door. I love the board full of pictures of your babies. I love sharing my office with another very small business, and that I can call the owner of that business my friend.
It was eight years ago that I started an internship at Kelley Boulevard Chiropractic and many of you have been my clients for exactly as long. In this month of being thankful, be assured you are all high on my gratitude list.
You’ve likely seen the ‘shop small business’ trend growing larger and larger. (Yes. I see the irony of this movement being spearheaded and commercialized by a giant company.) I like this trend. And for me, I think it’s becoming less of a trend over the past few years and more of a regular habit. When I was thinking about holiday shopping this year, I realized how much I already favor small local businesses in my daily routine.
Here’s a list of all the small businesses I frequent, I hope if some are new to you, you’ll try them out!
This fantastic little restaurant moved into the building right across the street from my office. Victoria and her family are North Attleboro locals, the food is great and the service is fantastic. They’ve got a great wifi connection so I can linger and work, too! Get the French omelet. Thank me later.
I love this place. You know how some auto shops make you feel all uncomfortable and scared like you’re going to get taken advantage of? (Or maybe that’s just me?). I don’t know my transmission from my elbow and these guys never make me feel silly about that. I started taking my car to Bob several years ago, and really, it’s a pleasure. I know I’ll get great work at a fair price. My Corolla just hit 177,777 and Bob’s got me convinced we can double that. (And they’ve got handy email reminders when I’m due for a service. I need that.)
I know that technically, Benny’s is a larger chain business. But I don’t care. You can get your winter sleds, windshield fluid and sunscreen here. Every store has that familiar smell of new Barbie dolls and auto tires, the manager wears a tie and the staff all wear the red vests/smocks. And I love it.
Bagels & Cream
This little mom & pop shop bakes their own bagels daily. And they are delish! Lots of coffee flavors and a really great wifi connection make this my office away from the office.
1 Stop Laundromat
Seriously, do you think I wash twenty sets of massage linens a week myself? Not a chance. Barbara, Lillian and Fadia handle it all. I drop it off and pick it up and it’s incredibly easy. And sometimes Fadia gives me a hug. That’s pretty awesome.
Rockland Federal Credit Union
No fee checking, locations all over (I use North Attleboro and Mansfield most) Great online banking and an app for my iPhone. The staff is super nice and very kind when I mess up the math on my deposit slips. (Hey, we can’t all be good at everything!)
Be Well Therapeutics
I can’t say enough good things about my officemate Christina, you know that already. I feel so very comfortable knowing that when I refer clients to her, they are getting the best possible care. Also, she does the dishes, which is my least favorite office chore. Yay!
I love the East Side of Providence. It was always our go-to place in high school (once I could drive), and I lived there for a time, too. I like the great restaurants and neat little shops. I’ll be heading to Thayer Street on Friday to pick up a few holiday gifts, and just meander around in a mellow post-Thanksgiving haze.