Why Shopping Local Is Important.
I have always been drawn here. 417 has been my home long before I actually lived here. My mom grew up on Kansas and Chestnut, and my dad grew up at West Division's end (now a steel factory). We spent weekends at my grandmother's home playing with my cousins.
Now that I am a small business owner, I feel more and more the need to shop local and keep my money in our community whenever possible. Springfield is a plethora of excellent artisans, local shops, great eats, and professional services, like Rosette Studios. Their custom cutting boards are beautiful gifts. Every home has that one recipe handwritten on a sheet of paper and passed down from family member to family member. Rosette Studios laser engraves that beautifully handwritten recipe on the cutting board! This gift will bring joy to the recipient and preserve the handwritten recipe forever.
I hope this guide will spark something in you to shop local for the holidays. A 417 resident owns each business listed; you won't find cookie-cutter shops here. By purchasing your hot Christmas gifts from a local shop or vendor you are strengthening our local economy, creating jobs for your neighbors, and helping to close the poverty gap in our local area.
Editor and Owner of Black Dog Urban Artistry
GIFTS FOR HIM
The best gifts for him can be found in these locally-owned and operated stores. Find the top gifts 2022 or the best gift for husbands among these retailers. By clicking on a business, you will go to their website to learn more.
“It was so cool that it was an exact copy of her handwriting.
I love it!”
- Sarah, Rosette Studios Laser Engraved Cutting Board Customer
GIFTS FOR HER
The best gifts for her 2022 can be found in these locally-owned and operated shops near you. Find the best stocking stuffers and the hot christmas gifts while supporting shopping local. By clicking on a business you will go to their website to learn more.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
There are amazing local shops that offer the perfect gift for the kids in your life. Find cool gifts while Christmas shopping locally. By clicking on a business you will go to their website to learn more.
GIFTS FOR PETS
Don't forget about your fur babies! These locally owned shops have the best stocking stuffers 2022 for your pets. By clicking on a business, you will go to their website to learn more.
GIFTS FOR HOME
Why buy local? It's simple! Local shops have unique gifts that you usually can't find at a big box store. Local shop for art, home decor, garden's... you name it, and I bet you can find a local shop that has that perfect gift. By clicking on a business, you will go to their website to learn more.