The holiday season affords local small businesses the opportunity to say hello to bigger profits as they are saying goodbye to the calendar year. In fact last year the NH Business Review drew on a study done by financial software firm Womply in highlighting just how important the Christmas retail season is to our state’s economy:
According to the study, some 26 percent of Granite State retailers’ annual sales occurred in November and December in 2017, the highest such percentage nationally. New Hampshire also ranked first for the number of average transactions on Black Friday (47) and the highest average revenue ($4,204) and number of transactions (39.2) on Small Business Saturday.
Black Friday was also the best revenue day of the year for New Hampshire retailers, with sales averaging $5,097 (ranking second nationally), which was 175 percent more than average daily sales (the fourth-highest percentage in country).
Support Local Businesses this Holiday Season
Want to support local businesses while purchasing your holiday presents? Check out the list of gift ideas below:
- Buy your artsy friend something at the Concord Fine Craft Gallery.
- For that Uncle who loves fine carpentry, check out Sapien’s Woodworking in Somersworth.
- Who (above 21) would refuse beer for Christmas? Pick up a 6 pack from the Woodstock Inn Brewery.
- Christmas ornaments are treasured gifts. Get one at Bedford Fields in Bedford and Amherst.
- Help a friend bundle up with some winter gloves at Hayward’s Trading Post in Milford.
- Candy for Christmas? Sounds good to me. Get some from Calef’s Country Store in Barrington.
- Is your Mom always cold? Help her stay warm with a blanket from Dorr Mill Store in Newport.
- Bondcliff Books in Littleton is an independently owned and operated book publishing and book-selling firm specializing in titles related to the mountains of New Hampshire and northern New England. Pick up an interesting book from them for your curious-minded younger brother.
- Get a real Christmas tree from The Rocks Christmas Tree Farm in Bethlehem.
- We all have a friend who is a tea connoisseur. Head over to Schoodacs Coffee & Tea in Warner for the best tea around.