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6 Ways To Support Local This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 10:00 AM by Visit Rochester Staff

Gift Basket From Black Button Distilling 

One of the most impactful things we can do as a community right now is come together to support our local small businesses. At Visit Rochester, we know that local ROCS! We’ve compiled a list of just some of the ways we can support Rochester businesses over the next few weeks.

1. Order Meals From Your Favorite Establishments 

Local Rochester restaurants need your support now, more than ever. Consider supporting a small business and enjoy some delicious food or drinks while dining out or from the comfort of your home with takeout. See our guide to takeout and delivery here

2. Purchase Gift Cards

Purchasing gift cards to your favorite local businesses is a great way to support small this season. Buy one for you and gift another! Discover Rochester businesses offering gift cards for sale online via buycardsfromhome.com or purchase gift cards in person. 

3. Become A Member 

Give the gift that keeps on giving when you purchase a membership to one of Rochester's many museums or attractions. Annual memberships and season passes are available at, but not limited to: 

4. Write A Review 

Have you had a great experience at a local establishment? Writing a review on Google, Yelp, or TripAdvisor is the best way to recommend a small business to other community members and future visitors. 

5. Pre-Purchase Services 

Buy now to enjoy later! Many local service-based businesses are offering ways to pre-purchase services for you to redeem at a later date. 

6. Shop Online 

Not local? Don't worry! You can still enjoy all your favorite Rochester goodies from miles away by purchasing items from online shops and having them shipped to your home. Many local businesses are curating gift baskets and bags for the holidays that can be ordered online. 

Author: Visit Rochester Staff

Visit Rochester staff share the inside scoop on Rochester and the Finger Lakes region.