Nov 8th, 2014

Shopping to Support Local Businesses & Nonprofits

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Ladies shoppingOne of my favorite ways to support local businesses and non-profits is by shopping for Christmas presents right here in Richmond. I like that my  money stays in the Richmond community, or better yet stays in Richmond AND  helps a local nonprofit. Plus, my family members like the unique gifts I find locally.

Here are a few upcoming events that support Lakeside Business owners and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Did you know that all the profits from the Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter go directly to support the Garden’s educational mission?  Plus, we’ve got some great deals!

Champagne ‘n’ Shopping at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Thursday, November 13; 2014; 5 – 8 p.m.   A special evening of shopping just in time for the holidays. Guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne punch or sparkling cider and enjoy live music and door prizes while you shop. Plus, Garden Members receive their 10 percent discount on all purchases.

Holly Jolly Christmas on Lakeside Avenue  Start your  holiday shopping at the 10th Annual Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad Holly Jolly Christmas event, Friday, November 14 ( from 5-9 p.m.) and Saturday, November 15, 2014 (regular store hours). Of course the Garden Shop will be open! Plus, enjoy FREE trolley rides and special deals at participating Lakeside merchants. The Farmer’s Market will also be open.  holly jolly poster with shopping details

Super Saturday Shopping Day at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Details: Garden members receive a 20 percent discount in the Garden Shop on this Super Saturday Shopping Day. That’s double the usual member discount of 10 percent. Not a Garden member? Learn more about the many benefits of Garden membership.

If you miss these great events, some of my other favorite non-profit stores in Richmond include Second Debut, run by Goodwill in Carytown, the Lora Robins SPCA Shop (visit the webpage for an additional coupon!), and the Virginia Center for Architecture Shop.

Plus, don’t forget Small Business Saturday is coming up on November 29!

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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