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Southern Ocean Chamber Holiday Hallmarks are meant to provide resources to businesses throughout the LBI region during the holiday season. The series will offer tips and tricks on how to standout as well as innovative marketing strategies, and will remind residents and visitors the importance of supporting local businesses.

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As many of us know, shopping local is very important to our community. It stimulates the local economy, generates more money for nonprofits, creates local jobs, is more environmentally friendly, keeps our community unique and so much more! Sometimes it’s easy to forget all of the different ways we can support local business – especially during the holiday season. See below for a list of ideas to help champion LBI region business!

Visit a local restaurant for lunch or dinner.
Have family in town for the holidays? Skip the chain restaurant and head to a local haunt or try something new! You may even find your new favorite spot.

Do your holiday shopping at local retailers.
Maybe even make a day of it with a friend and map out all of the stores you want to hit. Many of them will be holding special deals, offers and will feature holiday decor!

Grab a host/hostess gift.
Visit a local brewery or specialty liquor store and pick up a thoughtful beverage for an upcoming event. Or, visit one of LBI region’s many incredible florists for some holiday flowers or centerpieces.

Join a local gym.
With the holidays comes holiday food! Between Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas parties and cookies, it’s easy to gain a few extra pounds. There are many local fitness studios and gyms that can help you to achieve balance this season! 

Visit a local farm, market or bakery.
In need of prepared foods or ingredients for a holiday party? Skip the chain grocery store and check out what some of our incredible local markets, farms and bakeries have to offer!

We hope you enjoyed reading and will consider a few new ways to shop local this season. Looking to connect with and support local businesses? Come to our Innovate & Caffeinate event on November 13th and enjoy networking, breakfast buffet and a program full of the latest tips and trends for holiday customer service or attend a live streamed ribbon cutting event, see below for upcoming opportunities. To attend a ribbon-cutting or Innovate & Caffeinate please RSVP to [email protected]

Ribbon Cuttings:

11/7 at 5 p.m. Health Village Imaging – for 5:30 p.m. ceremony at 1301 Rt 72 East, Suite 100, Manahawkin.
11/9 at 11:30 a.m. Manasquan Bank – for noon ceremony at 525 Rt 72 East, Manahawkin.
11/9 at 1:30 p.m. Delights Artisan Café – for 2 p.m. ceremony at 34 South Main Street, Barnegat.

Innovate & Caffeinate:

11/13 at 8:15 a.m. The Mainland in Manahawkin.