The Holiday season has officially arrived here in Utah with Thanksgiving coming up in just TWO DAYS! Small town communities and larger cities throughout the state position the final touch of detail on Utah Main Street decorations, holiday street lighting and small business window displays. Inside department stores the music is transitioning over from today’s Pop Hits to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas and Josh Groban’s “Little Drummer Boy”.
Holiday foot traffic will be minimal this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic yet you can still support local Utah businesses during the holiday season by buying locally online. As Utahans begin preparation for their Thanksgiving holiday, family and friends have been strongly encouraged by local government leaders and health professionals to limit casual social gatherings this year. Many Americans are content staying home, avoiding social and large group settings by choice, opting for a more low-key Thanksgiving this year plus the wonderful opportunity to get a head start on online Holiday shopping this year.
The Style Utah 2020 Utah Holiday Gift Guide will be available throughout November and December offering special offers and deals on your favorite local Utah businesses and maybe introducing you to some local gems worth exploring.
Earlier this year, the state of Utah introduced the COVID-19 Impacted Businesses Grant Program, known as Shop In Utah. Designed to help support local Utah businesses while providing discounts to consumers, the grant program aims to take advantage of the multiplier effect and encourage engagement with local Utah businesses. Participating companies must give a discount or other offer to customers of at least 50% of the grant amount. You can do your part as a customer by choosing to holiday shop locally in Utah this season and support your neighbors and community by purchasing gifts from local businesses here in Utah. Be sure to look for the “Made Possible by the Shop in Utah Grant” sticker.
For the holiday season, grocery stores planned ahead to insure the Thanksgiving shopping was manageable as most grocery stores pivot to online ordering and pickup for an easier grocery shopping experience. Most grocery stores are offering free pickup and online ordering. Harmon’s Grocery’s selection of Thanksgiving complete dinners and already prepared side dishes and entrees are made with quality ingredients often times locally sourced. Harmon’s has one of the tastiest, consistent Pumpkin Pies in Utah. And the Fresh Roasted and Candied Yams are prepared each day, with a reputation for a balance of deliciously sweet and savory perfection that will impress the whole family.
Find a Special Holiday Recipes to celebrate Thanksgiving with or bake the perfect turkey from Harmons. Listen to the origin Thanksgiving story on Harmon’s podcast below.
Opportunities abound to help out in the local community this holiday season. Help stock the shelves of emergency food pantries across the state with the Utah Food Bank. The Utah Food Bank is hosting its annual Holiday Food & Fund Drive from Oct. 15th – Jan. 15th. Utahns can participate in the virtual food drive, fill a virtual shopping cart with items needed most, direct from the grocery store to the Utah Food Bank with the click of a button. You can also register as a team captain and encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to participate in your virtual grocery cart. You can also drop off all nonperishable donations at Harmons locations statewide, or the Riverton Chevrolet.