The magazine Forbes writes that small businesses are impressive when you think ¨about the time, commitment and labour these hard working individuals contribute to make their business both come to life and stay alive¨ (Sep 2 2014). Many of us do not think consciously about where we shop, but it deserves some thought. Here are some things to consider:
- Your improving the local economy: when you buy local, the money is more likely to stay in the community.
- You develop a connection with the people behind the business. You are more likely to find help when you need it and receive better customer service (they depend more on their public profile, for starters). To them you are not a random customer but a valued customer.
- You are stimulating the production of more local jobs
- You help working parents have the opportunity to set their own hours, have more time with their family and have the potential to expand their earnings.
- Small businesses, rather than chains, have been shown to increase innovation and lower prices over the long term.
- You help to keep traditions alive, for example when you choose to buy artesenal products, and are more likely to buy something that was the product of love and interest rather than about furthering a company´s bottom line. You are also more likely to increase product diversity – if you ask for something you are more likely to receive it from a small business.
- You will also feel good knowing that you are helping people to support themselves, particularly in a place like Santiago where costs are high and wages are love, and chain stores are on the increase.
For those of you who are in Chile, here are some local providers you could consider purchasing from the next time.
Algarrobo: Apartment Overlooking Canelillo Beach
Beautiful apartment that sleeps six and beside a pine forest filled with walking trails. Contact Taryn on +569 9 799 5258.
The 2 bedroom apartment, which comfortably sleeps up to 6 people, is located in the region of Valparaiso just a 2 hour drive from Santiago. Visit the Airbnb site here.
Quintay: Apartment with Sea View
Located in a private, gated community, this is a fantastic and impeccably styled ground floor apartment available to rent.
Tunquen: La Mirage Parador
Bed & Breakfast available throughout the summer months in the Algarrobo region, perfect for romantic getaways. Visit the site here.
Valparaiso: Winebox Valparaiso
This project is all about urban rejuvenation and represents the first tourism project in the historic Mariposas neighborhood. The hotel is constructed from 25 recycled 40ft High Cube shipping containers, insulated entirely with recycled materials with all furniture and decorations made from recycled materials recovered from Chile’s wine industry.
ART + DESIGN
Abstract Art: Hoda Madi
An artist, photographer and amateur astronomer, Hoda creates jaw dropping abstract art paintings using materials such as sand. Visit the website here.
Fine Art: Olivos Art Studio
Claudia and Sergio are from Chile and Mexico respectively, and create paintings using various styles. The Essence of the Mapuche exhibit is of particular note. Visit the webpage here.
Hair + Makeup VIÑA DEL MAR: Haley Mahannah
A stylist, professional hairdresser and makeup artist based in Viña, Hayley does private jobs as well as working out of a salon.
Hair Removal: Sugar Me Up
Hair removal using a technique known as sugaring. Speaks English!
Handmade Gifts: Woolful Rebellion
Beautiful gift ideas made by a fellow expat. Read my blog here or email email@example.com.
Jewellery: Indre Bar
Jewellery Watches: TTANTI Watches
Ttanti is a watch brand that ensures the sustainable use of resources involving craftsmanship. We use Swiss movements to ensure excellent performance. We invite you to know our history. Visit the website here.
Photography: Sibylla Michelle Photography
Souvenirs + Paintings: Siski Kalla
Siski creates unique gifts with her watercolour paintings, from bespoke tea towels featuring Chile´s wonders, through to kids growth charts and customizable world maps. Read my blog here.
EDUCATION + CLASSES
Art: Andrea Adresic Art
Former art teacher and professional painter, Andrea holds exhibitions as well as fun art classes for adults and children.
Dance + Yoga: Dhatri, Yoga + Ayurveda
Learn Bharatnatyam and Odissi, classical dances from India with Usha Vikas. Isha also offers Indian tribal paintings. These classes are conducted at Dhatri (yoga y Ayurveda). Dhatri also offers classes in yoga and Ayurveda therapies.
Language: Russian Language Classes
Russian language classes for work, tourism and every day use. Private and group classes available, as well as Skype.
Sewing + Fabric Art: Stitch Lounge Santiago
Join a growing community of students learning the craft of sewing with various workshops designed for various ability levels. Visit the website here.
FOOD + WINE
This family-run business describes themselves as a farm following holistic methods and as such you will find they produce happy chickens, free range eggs, wool products and lamb without any antibiotics or hormones. See the website here.
Anouk follows traditional recipes from Holland to make by hand authentic breads using natural ingredients.
The couple label themselves as passionate winemakers, who ¨generate very small and limited batches […]so we can personally take care and execute ourselves in all stages of winemaking, and allow for the characteristics we like, that make them so unique.¨ See their website here.
How can you pass up the chance to eat some happy hummus? 100% natural and homemade hummus with free delivery to many comunas.
Bacon and sausages exquisitely prepared using traditional recipes and locally sourced ingredients. Visit the website here.
Enjoy the quintessential Antipodean foodstuff – the humble pie – made with love by Aussie expat James.
Mexican food served with traditional tortillas in the northern city of Iquique. A great option for those needing something fast and delicious; catering available.
Stunning decorated cakes exquisitely made for every occasion.
Healthy condiments for your food prepared the natural way. Visit their website here.
Pure honey sourced from 16 bee hives in Santiago.
Homemade south Indian food using traditional fermentation methods and prepared with ingredients brought from India.
A small catering startup specializing in everything from traditional BBQ, pizza parties right through to romantic candle lit dinners.
Acupuncture: Guillermo Toro Madrid
Dentistry: HP Implantologia Dental Office
English and Spanish speaking dentist located in Providencia, specializing in implants.
Homeopath: Caitlin Wheat
Certified in Australia, Caitlin speaks both English and Spanish and offers treatments for various conditions, particularly digestive health.
Massage: Injeet Singh
Ayuvedic and sports massage by Injeet, who also does massage at the Santiago Marriott Hotel. He does house calls.
Massage for Women: Taralee Eeralat
Pregnancy, post-pregnancy, sports and relaxation massage offered by an American massage therapist. CMT, NMT, BMT. Over 17 years of experienceIn-house visits offered. Contact +56 9 76024562 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neither businesses per se but professionally run and full of fun for young children. Experience the joys of reading, arts and crafts in English with Danielle.
Clothes: Hecho Con Amor
Clothes and accessories designed and made by hand (and love). See the website here.
Dresses: Mi Odette
Beautiful and unique girls dresses brought from Russia. Visit the website here.
Food: Smiley Kids
Organic food for babies and children made with their healthy development in mind.Visit the website here.
LEGAL + BUSINESS
Organizational Development + Data Analysis: MyDO
Classes, workshops, as well as a variety of consulting services focusing on personnel selection, organizational studies and training. English and Spanish speaking. Visit the website here.
Handyman: Dial A Tradie
24/7 emergency Gasfitting, Thermofusion, Electrical and Maintenance Company servicing Santiago.
Law: Maximo Aguirre
Contact Maximo with your legal questions on +56988944396 or send him an email to email@example.com. He is taking private cases.
Life + Business Coach: Michelle Clarke
Michelle Clarke is an Executive Coach who works with individuals and leaders of influence. Her clients are already-successful, high-achieving individuals who want to sustain their contribution in this world – professionally, personally, holistically. Visit her webpage here.
Join Chile´s largest expat forum as a corporate partner (and market your business exclusively) or use it for yourself and make the most of your time in Chile (free). Visit the website here.
Private Detective: Salgado Investigations
Salgado Investigations is a private investigators agency based in Chile, acting for lawyers, insurers, retail, and private clients. Founded by Jorge Salgado-Reyes, we offer bespoke private investigators Chile services across the private and commercial sectors with more than 17 years experience.
Website Design: Mukul Matey
I am personally recommending Mukul for all your website needs. He fixed and improved our own site (milesandsmileschile) and has always been helpful, courteous, professional, on time (which is hard to find in a website developer) and with lots of ideas to help us be better. Mukul really knows what he is talking about and has also designed websites for many people I know.
TRAVEL + TOURISM
Campervans: Soul Vans
Campervan rental based in Santiago and Puerto Montt founded in 2015 and today boasting a range of comfortable and fully equipped campers.
Tourism CONCEPCION: Lle Chile
Tourism and consulting business specializing in study tours in the 8th region along with relocation consulting services. Visit the website here.
Tours + Transfers: Miles & Smiles Chile
Boutique tour and transfer company offering private, customizable tours in English and Spanish. Visit the website here.
Transfers: RS Transit
Private transportation service to airport, hotels, business conferences and events.