Shop Small: A Local Gift Guide

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Monday, November 23, 2020

Shopping “small” has a deep community impact. Small businesses are the core of our community, beautifying downtowns, stocking locally-made products, and creating jobs. Shopping on foot or online has never been easier—or more important. This blog post will give you ideas for cheery presents while supporting local businesses throughout Charles County.

If you want to shop small but don’t know where to start, La Plata’s Small Business Saturday, held on November 28, kicks off in stores and online. In-store promotions and exclusive releases county-wide keep the experience festive and fun.


Spirited Sipping

Patuxent Brewing Co.'s Black is Beautiful Vanilla Chai Stout celebrates the spices of the season. Proceeds from all sales benefit our local NAACP. Pop’s Untold Stories is a holiday release aged in Blue Dyer Distilling’s bourbon barrels. The sweet potato ale comes with the audio/video tale of the community member who inspired it. If spirits are high on the list, Blue Dyer's gin, rum, and whiskey are sure bets under $30. Pour in Joson’s crab tumbler and enjoy.


Unique Experiences

Gifting an experience is a timely idea. Island Music Co. offers virtual music lessons in monthly blocks. For the crafters in the area, AR Workshop hosts woodworking and ornament-making sessions in a safe and comforting space. Or if your children are craving an adventure, the Neighborhood Creative Arts Center’s Astronaut School and Spy School keeps virtual learning exciting.


Supporting Local Art

Purchasing local art is a great way to support the community. Mattawoman Creek’s holiday art auction features familiar regional landscapes, and bidding is open through November 30. From candles to custom handbags, the Dream BIG Boutique has hundreds of products created by local artisans, perfect for a distanced shopping experience.



The Charles County Economic Development Department encourages you to Shop Safe this holiday season, and support of the small businesses that better our community. Together, We Can Keep Charles County Open for Business!


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