Small businesses are the backbone of our community – and this holiday, they’re all facing big challenges. You can help them survive and thrive, by buying gifts, dining and using the services of our local establishments. To find these businesses, and local nonprofits who could also use your support, click on the icons below to access The Buck Stays Here™ directory. And put “helping our local economy” on your Christmas list.

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Food & Dining

How Nonprofits Responded to the Pandemic and Where You Can Give

As concern spread around the world about the novel coronavirus, and whether a 100-year pandemic was eminent, local nonprofits in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula took action…

Supporting local restaurants during Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has changed so much in our daily lives. Schools are canceled and many of us are now working from home. That’s a problem for the places that serve food…

A Shop Full Of Stories And Not Just On The Pages

Jim Lane is the 6th owner of the little book store called The Book Nook on Church Street in Kilmarnock. When he took it over 18 years ago, he was looking for a big change. That’s exactly what he got.