Sasee Says . . . Shop Local! Support your Neighbors and Friends

By Leslie Moore

Sasee Says . . .  Shop Local! Support your Neighbors and Friends

In 2010, Small Business Saturday was established by American Express as a day to support small businesses. We all have our favorite restaurants, boutiques and stores whose offerings make us swoon, and, gosh we love it when they treat us like family. But, what you may not know is how much our small businesses give back to our community – and in so many ways!

Just recently, Hurricane Matthew brought flooding and damage to our community and beyond.Local business owners were quick to offer help to those in need.

Rick Baumann of Murrells Inlet Seafood gave free ice to everyone who needed it. This long time business owner contributes to many local non-profits, generously sharing his time, money and expertise.

Edie Chaucon’s Restaurant in Georgetown served numerous breakfasts and lunches to linemen and others working to restore power to our area.

Get Carried Away Southern Takeout lost power during the storm and rather than have their food spoil, they gave it away to anyone who could use it. This local business also provided free food to community support personnel throughout the cleanup.

Revel 6 Hair Bar offered a free shampoo service to anyone displaced or without power after the storm.

The ways our small, local businesses help our community stay strong are incredibly varied. Most business owners prefer not to talk about the good they create, but Sasee was able to find out a few ways our neighbors are making a difference.

Little White Dress has sponsored Couture for the Cure, an event supporting the nonprofit Caring in Our Lifetime, for many years. This year, they were a part of a new fundraiser for this same organization, Pink Out-Night Out – all the businesses in Rainbow Harbor participated, with all donations going to non-profit.

Studio 77 was also a part of this fundraiser benefitting local breast cancer survivors. For every donation, customers were given a generous discount on all purchases! Studio 77 also carries Chavez for Charity bracelets – 25% of the purchase price goes to the charity of the shop’s choice and Studio 77 chose Grand Strand Humane Society.

Good Deed Goods gives 10 percent of every gift sale to charity – this unique shop is located inside Lee’s Inlet Apothecary in Murrells Inlet.

Grady’s Jewelers in downtown Conway is always ready to help with community causes. They are supporters of the Conway Downtown Revitalization efforts, donate to W.A.R.M. (an animal rescue) and support a fundraiser each year for special needs children.

Pawleys Island Bakery supports so many charities, it’s impossible to list them all. Max Goree makes sure local nonprofits are never without his delicious food!

John Gore of B. Graham Interiors has donated to relief efforts for those who lost their homes and/or belongings in the recent river flooding after Hurricane Matthew. He also is a sponsor of the Burroughs & Chapin Museum Annual Spring Tour of Homes.

The local owners of Sea Island Trading Co., Callahan’s, Clark’s Seafood & Chop House and The Boundary House are also supporters of Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department, the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum Bag Ladies Luncheon, March of Dimes and more!

Giving back to the community through local fundraisers for Susan G Komen Lowcountry, Manna House Food Drive, Toys for Tots and more is an important part of Dr. Sattele’s work at Dr. Sattele’s Rapid Weight Loss & Esthetics Centers.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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