Support Local Business and Discover Your New Favorites
The news is not surprising: local small businesses are struggling tremendously right now. Over the last few decades, competition from big retailers and especially online shopping had already put the brick and mortar stores of days past in precarious positions, and the COVID 19 pandemic has compounded the challenges for these businesses. While there is no panacea to solve all the issues that local business owners around the country are facing, there is something we all can do to help: support local and support small!
Massachusetts is known as a place where people come together to support local business and artisans. We at Dion love being part of this community and we work regularly with many start-ups, entrepreneurs, and established businesses in our area. We believe that now it’s more important than ever to continue and increase and our support of our local partners. To that end, we've compiled a list of a few of the outstanding local businesses that we love working with and we think you’ll love too!
Curio Spice Co. – Perhaps the pandemic has kindled a culinary spark in you, you’re eating at home and cooking for your family more often, or maybe you’ve always loved the aromas and flavors that come with home cooking. Whatever your kitchen habits, Curio Spice Co. has unique spice blends to bring your cooking to the next level. With a storefront in Cambridge, MA, they specialize in directly sourced, sustainably produced spices from around the world, bringing some of the sense of travel you may be missing right to your kitchen. They are currently offering storefront pick-up and online orders, so be sure to check them out and take your next flavor journey.
Polkadog Bakery – Spending more time with your fury friends these days? Polkadog Bakery offers a large selection of handmade, all-natural dog treats, with locations in Lynnfield, Jamaica Plain, and South End, Boston. They make their treats right in their South Boston kitchen using locally sourced ingredients and never outsourcing their production. Their variety of treats for your pup is vast, and the flavors are extensive. Their stores are currently open, and they also offer online ordering; support your four-legged friend and an amazing local business at the same time.
Herrell’s Ice Cream – Since 1973, Herrell’s Ice Cream in Northampton, MA has been a mainstay of people looking for a tasty treat in Western Massachusetts and beyond. Not only is their ice cream made right in-house from the finest ingredients, they also offer kosher, vegan, and dairy-free ice cream options, so there is truly something for everyone! Their flavor selection is incredible, and they are currently offering curbside pickup and in store takeout service, so when you have a hankering for something sweet, give Herrell’s a try; you won’t be disappointed!
Esselon Café and Coffee Roasting – Esselon in Hadley, MA has so much to offer: hand-roasted bulk coffee, delectable libations ranging from classics like cappuccino to their honey lemon ginger tea, and a menu of super fresh food, much of which is prepared with local and organic ingredients. It’s a perfect place for a weekend brunch of an afternoon pick-me-up, and they are offering online ordering for easy pickup and have an adorable outdoor seating area open 7 days.
Busdsuds – Budsuds specializes in CBD health and beauty products, but their amazing offerings extend to skincare and luxury bath products of all kinds. Their shop in downtown Westfield, MA combines a modern, luxe feel with elements of vintage spark. The atmosphere is absolutely fitting to their product, as they create hand-made skin care items with natural herbal ingredients, crafted in modern colors and shapes. They are open for business, and you can also purchase their products online, so if you find yourself needing a self-care boost, be sure to check them out.
It’s essential that we come together as a community and support the businesses that make our part of the world the unique and beautiful place it is. Dion Label Printing is honored to partner with so many local companies that are striving to improve people’s health and happiness by creating innovative strategies to meet the complex challenges facing our world!