Shopping My Way Around CT: Small Businesses To Check Out During This Time of Crisis

This is a scary time for everyone — especially small businesses. Over the past week, many of them had to close their doors unexpectedly without any end date in sight. That said, I wanted to take time to give a shoutout to some of the local businesses that I love that really could use our support right now. Many of these places are some that I’ve talked about on my blog on a regular basis. This is going to hurt them, so I’m hoping that this blog can help give them some awareness.

Shining Starz Dance Studio, Branford, Connecticut: Fun fact: Shining Starz is actually owned by one of my best friends from high school! Like many places across the state, the studio is closed. Theresa Shine, the owner, has taken a more virtual approach. She created a private Facebook page where enrolled students could do the classes from home until the end of March. That said, if you’re looking for something to do to stay in shape during a time when the gyms were closed, I would definitely reach out to them. You can find them on Facebook by clicking here.

RJ Julia Booksellers, Madison, Connecticut: RJ Julia is a book lover’s dream. They have so many great events, and it has every bit of charm from a classic local bookseller. What I love most about this book store is honestly the staff. They are so helpful and knowledgable about books, and give excellent recommendations. RJ Julia closed their doors to browse books on Monday. However, that didn’t stop the chain. They are offering phone orders that can be shipped to your door, and of course, online. If you need a great book, I highly recommend you checking them out.

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SV Decker, Milford, Connecticut: It’s no secret. I love SV Decker. I get all of my healing gemstone jewelry from there, as well as several of my silver pieces. I love SV Decker simply because of the quality and the good vibes. SV Decker is now strictly online only, but is offering both free shipping and 20 percent off. Definitely pluses!

Do you have some local businesses that deserve a shoutout during this crazy time? Please let me know, and I’ll write another post featuring them.

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