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How to Support Local Business This Holiday Season

The holidays are a special time to show love and appreciation for the people and places in our lives. Given the state of the economy, this year at Platypus Coworking we are making a conscious effort to ensure our holiday season spend supports our local businesses and our community. Here’s our four step ‘rudolph endorsed’ plan:

1. Buy Gifts Locally:

Instead of shopping at big box stores, we will look for unique and thoughtful gifts at local shops, markets, and online stores. By choosing to buy gifts locally, we not only support the entrepreneurs and artisans who put their heart and soul into their creations but also give our loved ones something special with a personal touch.

Our local favourites:

Wen and Ware for homewares and gifts

Hattie and The Wolf for eco-friendly handmade items and giftboxes of yummy Ballarat products

Collins Booksellers for all things books (and a beautiful shopping experience)

2. Buy Local Experiences:

We plan to treat our loved ones to experiences from local businesses like tours, classes, and events. In a world overflowing with material possessions, the gift of experiences is a precious and memorable way to celebrate the holiday season.

Our local favourites:

Ballarat Observatory – for a spot of stargazing

Eerie Tours – for those who love a scary ghost tour

Ballarat Indoor Go Karts and Laserforce – for great family screen-free fun

3. Source Festive Feasts from Local Producers and Retailers:

Christmas is synonymous with feasting, and what better way to celebrate than by sourcing our festive delights from local producers and retailers? Skip the big supermarket chains and explore the culinary treasures in our community. Local bakeries, butchers, and farmers' markets often offer a wide variety of high-quality, fresh products that can elevate your Christmas feast.

Our local favourites:

Karon Farm Coffee – for delicious roasted fresh to order coffee beans

John Harbour Butcher – for quality locally grown meats and smallgoods

Lucky and James – for the absolute best locally made chocolate

Wilson’s Fruit and Vegetables – for pretty much anything you need to create a feast at home

4. Support Local Venues with Christmas Functions:

The holiday season is a time of gatherings, and many local venues offer spaces for festive functions and events. Whether you're planning a family get-together, a corporate party, or a community celebration, consider hosting it at a local venue.

Our local favourites:

Mitchell Harris – for those who appreciate a good food and wine matching experience

The Hydrant Food Hall – a great relaxed atmosphere for that casual festive season breakfast or lunch

The Forge Pizzeria – always a good family vibe and top shelf pizza options

In the end, it's all about showing love to your local businesses this Christmas. By shopping, gifting, and celebrating locally, you're supporting your community and creating a more vibrant and thriving economy.

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