Culture Vulture: Shop local online

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Although we’ve all been asked to limit our social interactions (read: stay at home at much as possible), we still need to find ways to support our local businesses during this time. 

Our Culture Vulture series puts it to our community to choose their own #supportlocal adventure to patronize local businesses at a time when they need it the most.

Craft your preferred “night out” from food + drink options, entertainment, and local shopping all while sitting from the comfort of your home.

#ShopLocal while in sweats!

It’s the end of the night, and you’re ready to wind down. What better than with some retail therapy? Amirite?

Online shopping gives us something to look forward to while we’re going from bed to couch to office to couch to … you get it.

Buy gift cards or services for the future, get guilty pleasures shipped to your home, or find a new outfit that you’re going to wear the first time “out” no matter where the hell that is. In fact, may I recommend some upgraded athleisure?

Retail shopping

Stash Vintage x Midtown Dandy are no stranger to the virtual shopping. It’s how they started out and continue to do business even with the brick and mortar store.

You can find all your vintage clothes, trinkets, and jewelry on their respective Etsy sites. Plus, keep an eye out on their social channels for flash sales. Stash just had one that was 40 percent OFF everything on her site!

Once ordered, you can pick up your vintage goodies at their store or have them delivered. Gift cards are also always available for future shopping endeavors.

Boutique shopping in sweats is acceptable, people. Check out Hope’s new post on how you can support local boutiques!

Put down the Netflix

Need a good book? Midtown Scholar has you covered for new or used books. Get a 10% BONUS on gift cards through the end of March – You can use it immediately here, plus SAVE 10% on used books with code SCHOLARSALE. Or shop new books through affiliate BookShop.

Pamper your (future) self

We’re all going to need a good bit of self-care once life starts to get back to normal. Purchase bundles now so you can pamper yourself later.

Bronzed Bunny will have you looking like you never spent a day in quarantine. Currently, they are booking all treatments starting after March 31.

See their full menu of services!

Gift cards are available or grab Bronze Bunny merch and products for delivery!

Are you keeping up with your skincare routine? It’s okay if you’re not because Nadine at The Skincare Coach can help you get back to healthy skin!

Right now you’ll get $20 for every $50 gift card you buy. Nadine can set you up with a treatment and teach you how to continue that routine once you get home.

Make it a self-care trifecta with a massage at Elements Massage Mechanicsburg. We’re all going to need a deep-tissue massage after weeks of constant stress and moving between couch and home office.

Elements gift cards are available now!

Treat Yo’self: Chocolate + Honey

Getting local necessities like beer and various takeout options is (thankfully) fairly easy. Here are a few other treats to try.

Haymaker Meadery, located in Montgomeryville, Pa., will ship right to your door! Right now they have three different mead bundles to give you a variety at a low cost with big discounts on shipping.

Haymaker crafts meads that drink more like fine wines and craft beer than the too-sweet meads you might have had in the past.

Cocoa Creek Chocolate and Brittle Bark in Mechanicsburg have something for those who are craving chocolate and sweets. Place your order by April 4 for FREE shipping!

This is the perfect opportunity to nab Easter Candy or just stock up on candy for a rainy day. We LOVE their Signature Tuffles and Good Carma Bars!

Support our local coffee roasters and order bags of beans from Little Amps and Elementary Coffee Co. Be sure to check out their merch and grab a gift card for your next cup or pass it along to a friend.

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Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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