One of the things I love most about living in Omaha is what a thriving city it is. People in Omaha are proud to live in Omaha. We have an amazing food scene. There are so many talented makers. There are always fun events, concerts, and shows going on (Pre-COVID anyway). And businesses big and small actively look for ways to invest in and support their local community.
COVID has been hard for everyone, but especially small businesses. While I know all of us are ordering essentials from Amazon daily at this point (just me??), if you can, it is so important to invest dollars back into the local community. When you shop local you’re supporting your neighbors and helping make the fabric of your community stronger. What a powerful way to use your dollar.
I need to caveat this post by saying there are SO MANY talented small businesses in Omaha. I by no means cover all of them. I actually had anxiety putting this list together because I didn’t want anyone to think I was trying to overlook or exclude certain businesses. I just wanted to put together a gift guide like I would for any other post highlighting some of my favorite items and pieces. (I also crowdsourced recommendations on Instagram and included some of those!) Please just use this as a starting point for ways to shop and support Omaha. This list just scratches the surface!
14: I am obsessed with buying local honey everywhere I travel and eating it while I’m there to help keep me healthy. (And then taking some home to help me remember the trip!) It’s All About Bees is my go-to honey when I’m home. You can’t beat their raw Nebraska honey.
20: Andrea is my favorite Omaha artist. Once I can make up my mind on what I want I’m going to commission a piece from her for our house.
Questions of the Day: Are you shopping small this year? What’s your favorite local store?