Support Local Businesses During the Holidays

The holiday season is here, a wonderful time of togetherness, family and festivities. But while you are busy decking the halls, baking delicious treats and shopping for loved ones, try to remember the local Addison businesses this time of year, many of whom are still struggling to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a Dec. 6 Facebook post, the Town of Addison said, “Similar to most of us, the holidays will be different for our Addison restaurants. Many traditional holiday parties and gatherings will be cancelled for safety. This is a financial blow to many of our Addison eateries, as they are still recovering, but there are ways that you can help.” 

According to a post on the Town website, there are four ways you can support local businesses this year, including ordering multiple course dinners to-go. Instead of a fancy dinner out this season, order your two- or three-course dinner to-go, then enjoy with family in the safety of your own home. Don’t forget to add a bottle of wine or cocktails too!

You can also purchase gift cards for employees, families and friends. These could be for your favorite restaurant, or you could buy an entertainment gift card from AMC Village on the Parkway 9 or Addison Improv, a shopping gift card from local stores like Francesca’s or Chico’s, or a relaxing spa gift card, like at European Wax Center. These would make for great stocking stuffers!

Next, redesign the layout of the traditional company party. The Town of Addison said, “If you still have employees or family who are comfortable with dine-in, move to a private room and separate them into smaller tables. Also, host your event on a slower night like Sundays and Mondays.” Be sure to call ahead to get a spot!

Finally, don’t forget to tip a little extra! It’s the holiday season, so if you have extra to bless your wonderful waitstaff, then you should do it. Also, this is a good time to write an encouraging note on your check, as everyone is struggling to get through this challenging time.

Whether you support local restaurants, visit local entertainment venues or buy gifts from local stores, there are plenty of ways to support the Addison economy this time of year and get amazing gifts at the same time. Thanks for all you do, readers!

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