small-business-saturday

Small Business Saturday has been leading consumers through the doors of Mom & Pop shops since American Express first launched the idea in 2010. Each year, the number of community members that make a point to patronize the little shops on the main streets of our towns grows. In fact, in a survey last year by National Federation of Independent Businesses, “83% of consumers say Small Business Saturday inspires them to Shop Small all year long.”

How lucky we are in our little, wonderful Beaver County to have an abundance of retailers that allow us to make this shopping holiday successful! We are familiar with our longstanding shops, the stores and restaurants where everyone knows your name (and your order). But today, I wanted to highlight some of the newcomers to our streets.

As you open your wallets in support of Small Business Saturday, consider checking out some of these fresh entrepreneurs – here are ten to get you started:

Much of what you see involves dining. You can bet if there’s food involved, YBC is there, lickety-split! 2015 has welcomed a number of new places to satisfy your tastebuds. Once your belly is full, though – check out some of the local retailers for your holiday gift list!

Bridgetown Taphouse

939 Merchant St., Ambridge PA 15003

Ana has raved about their turkey-based chili with hominy, and Corey enjoyed his burger topped with slaw. Offering wings, burgers, sandwiches, and more, this is a great place to stop for lunch.

Food aside, they’re possibly more well-known for their craft beers – many of them come from local breweries, so partake in Draai Laag Geestelijke by Farmhouse Ale in Pittsburgh, and you’ve done a double whammy Small Business Saturday buy!

Soup-Herb Sproutz

570 3rd St., Beaver PA 15009

Any business with a pun in its name is superb in my book. Ana did an extensive writeup on this “new healthy place in Beaver.” They have salads, wraps, fresh guacamole & salsa, and even Lil’ Sprout wraps for the kids!

Pair your meal with infused water for an extra boost of goodness. And what’s this? Another double whammy?! They offer pairings from Two Rivers Oil Company as dressings for your delicious veggies!

Two Rivers Olive Oil Company

428 3rd St., Beaver PA 15009

Our dearest Ana sure loves to taste the finer things in life…she has helped us navigate the ins & outs of how to choose from Two Rivers’ amazing variety of oils & vinegars , and taught us what she learned from them about pairing flavors. Did you know you could make cocktails with vinegar?!

This is a great place to stock your kitchen with flavorful vinegars (like Blackberry Ginger Balsamic!) and citrus & herb enhanced oils, or buy one of their gorgeous gift boxes to place under the tree.

Beez Cafe

1324 7th Ave., Beaver Falls PA 15010

The Beez Cafe has the community’s well-being at its heart. A supporter of Tiger Pause Youth Ministries, they offer their “own custom roasted coffee,” as well as cappuccino and other tasty beverages and snacks.

Stop in for your morning cup ‘o joe and you may find a new favorite brew! Lauren stopped by and featured “the Beez” in the flesh in our People of Beaver County series.

Herban Touch Juice Lab

459 3rd St., Beaver PA 15009

I love that so many healthy options are popping up in our communities! Brian gave us a fantastic article early this year that breaks down their juices, smoothies, immunity shots, and yes – food! They offer everything from drinks that are as healthy as they are flavorful, to immunity-boosting concoctions made with (food grade) essential oils. They even cater & bartend!

Soggy Doggy Pet Salon

635 3rd St., Beaver PA 15009

While I’ve never had a dog that required professional grooming, as a vet tech I consider groomers to be part of our big pet-loving industry. If you have a Poodle, a Yorkie, a Shih-Tsu that needs trimmed, or you’d rather someone else get your pooch smelling fresh before the family arrives, stop down at Soggy Doggy. They also sell unique merchandise that would make lovely gifts for animal lovers.

The Beauty Mark

549 3rd St., Beaver PA 15009

Need a gift for a lady in your life? Schedule her an appointment at The Beauty Mark to make her feel camera-ready for the holidays. They offer the latest cuts and color, updos, makeup application, and their product line is all vegan!

Jeppie

637 3rd St., Beaver PA 15009

Jeppie, owned by a Beaver native, is the place to go for trendy handbags, jewelry, and home items. They have some gorgeous leather bags that will suit anyone’s style, and you can even shop online if you prefer!

Hutch & Home

1502 7th Ave., Beaver Falls 15010

Offering a full range of interior design services, Hutch & Home will not only help you plan the spaces in your home, but will furnish and decorate it to make your home spectacularly inviting. They also sell high-quality vintage furniture that no one will suspect wasn’t an heirloom from a wealthy relative.

Trail’s End Antiques & Crafts

459 Maplewood Ave., Ambridge PA 15003

This is my kind of store! My parents are antique fanatics, so I spent many weekends with them scouring for treasures in little shops. Trail’s End offers antiques from the shop owner’s personal collection, as well as handmade crafts and trinkets that would make thoughtful gifts for loved ones.

No matter what you’ve got planned for November 28, make sure you stop at one of Beaver County’s small businesses. Even small contributions help our local economy, and at the same time help these entrepreneurs build upon the American Dream.

Feel welcome to add a shout-out to your own favorite Beaver County small businesses in the comments section below!

Ella Parker
BC born & raised, Ella spent her childhood playing in the woods, and her teens exploring them on horseback. These days, when she’s not on duty as a vet tech, she is busy staying active with her beau and their young son.

She is forever curious and has a playful personality, but is also fiercely driven and dedicated to her passions!