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Monday Morning Coffee: Getting Ready for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with Local Shops

Monday Morning Coffee logo with a cup of coffee and a smartphone in the background.

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, there are more than 33 million small businesses in the United States?

That means there are many choices in our community to support a small business as you get ready for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.

Image of a brick building with "Ricky Dean's" written in white script across the front.

If you’re a little overwhelmed at the thought of trying to support all of the small businesses, why not just make a big deal out of one? Here are a few ways to do it:

  • Make a purchase. Not only are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, but it’s also time to buy those end-of-the-year teachers’ gifts. And if you don’t need to buy for any of these events, just splurge on a treat for yourself! Don’t know what to buy? Purchasing a gift card is always a great solution. No matter what kind of gift you purchase, be sure to include a card or flyer for the store so the recipient will know it’s from a local shop.
  • Talk them up! Share their page on social media, talk about your good experience with the business or highlight a promotion they’re running.
  • Ask your friends about their favorite local businesses. They may have the scoop on a few spots that you haven’t shopped.
  • Visit downtown St. Joseph. Purchase your favorite coffee, then stroll the downtown area and see if there are new Mom & Pop businesses you haven’t explored yet.

Image of a downtown street corner with a brick sign that says "Downtown St. Joseph."

As a locally-owned business, SJC Marketing often highlights our fellow small companies in St. Joseph in this Monday Morning Coffee post. So, if you need a suggestion or two for where to find the best gift for your mom or dad, here are a few ideas:

For Mom:

Inside of a shoe store, with displays of shoes and accessories.

  • The Story Collective: Whether you take Mom in to choose a book or give her one to open on Mother’s Day, you will love your visit to this shop.

Dark wood bookshelves lined with books.

Image of a small cake and two cupcakes decorated with "Happy Mother's Day" in green, gold and silver icing and candy.


For Dad:

  • VanZino’s BBQ: Grab a sandwich and have a nice chat at the picnic tables with your dad.

Image of a BBQ food truck with picnic tables in front of it that each have a red umbrella.

  • Country Cookie: Dads love cookies, but they especially love cookies decorated for their favorite sports team!

Image of a brick storefront with white siding on top and a sign that says, "Country Cookie" in black.

The interior of a restaurant with wood tables and chairs, as well as wood flooring. There are animal trophies on the wall.

And if it just so happens that what your mom and dad really want is some fantastic marketing to celebrate their special days, you know who to call in St. Joseph!


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