Independent Retailer Month: Support a Small Business in Charlottesville

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July is Independent Retailer Month! The purpose of this month is to encourage people to support local businesses to create more sustainable towns and cities. After all, small businesses are the backbone of the economy. In fact, a report by the U.S. Small Business Association found that small businesses accounted for 44% of U.S. economic activity! Small businesses are essential for a variety of reasons. They stimulate the local economy and create meaningful jobs and a sense of community. That said, try to support a small business in Charlottesville this month whenever you can! Not sure where to start? Here are some small businesses in Charlottesville:

Sidetracks Music

Looking for some new music? Head to Sidetracks Music! They sell new and used CDs, Vinyl LPs, DVDs, and more. Initially established in 2003, they’ve moved locations several times over the years. Now, you can find them at 310 2nd Street East. You’ll enjoy browsing their extensive collection of music and DVDs!

Market Street Market

Next time you need to grab a few things at the grocery store, visit the Market Street Market! This locally owned market serves as a full-service grocery store. Market Street Market was started by father-and-son duo Steve and Ralph Strumlauf in 2009! They carry over 5,500 products and have a deli that makes fresh sandwiches, wraps, and salads. So if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, need a few ingredients to make dinner, or want to explore all they have, visit Market Street Market!


If you have a birthday party, bridal shower, baby shower, or any other event in which a gift is needed, head to O’Suzzanah! This home and gift shop has been open for 26 years and carries unique products that make for the perfect gift. From clothing and kitchen decor to books, journals, games, and spa supplies, there’s a little something for everyone. You’ll get lost exploring all the unique products this store offers!

Vision BBQ

If you’re looking for a new local restaurant, check out Vision BBQ! They make made-from-scratch BBQ and southern cuisine. Founded in 2020 by Gabriel Barghachie and Mike Blevins, their mission is to provide high-quality barbecue for takeout and delivery! However, they have limited indoor seating for those who want to eat there. They smoke all of their meats over oak, and their sauces and spices are all made from scratch. So if you don’t know what to have for dinner tonight, give them a try!

Milli Coffee Roasters

Nothing starts off the day like a delicious cup of coffee. Next time you need a cup of joe, head to Milli Coffee Roasters! Milli Coffee Roasters was started in 2012 to provide a space for the community to gather over coffee. Now, in addition to coffee, they offer teas, smoothies, Belgian waffles, quiche, bagels, paninis, and soup! So stop by to grab a bite and a tasty cup of coffee. Or, order a to-go order online and pick it up on your way to work.

There are so many small businesses to explore, whether you’re looking for a new restaurant or coffee shop or want to explore a local shop. Next time you run an errand or want to get food somewhere, try to support a small business in Charlottesville! Make shopping local a habit not only during Independent Retailer Month but all the time!

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