Each time you choose to shop local you are embracing the vibrant community fabric woven by individuals and businesses alike.

You're strengthening your community by creating local jobs and investing your money back into the community. You're fostering growth by supporting entrepreneurs. You're creating a community unique and all your own.

This Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24 and holiday season choose local by shopping German Village Business Community members.

The German Village Business Community is a group of Columbus businesses that have come together to support German Village. They might not be right here on the bricks, but they have chosen to support your community – so let's support them this holiday season.

Visit germanvillage.com/explore and use our German Village Business Community Shop Local Guide to get started.

Here's a sample of what you will find:

The Classics

These are our retail shops with a little bit of everything for everyone – from locally crafted jewelry and customizable gifts to that perfect toy for your fur friend, these shops are sure to have something for everyone on your list.

Explore shops on our webpage or pick up a GVBC map at the Meeting Haus.

The Unexpected

Some people on your list truly do have everything – so what do you get them?

Why not something out of the ordinary but sure to please.

Perhaps a massage, new spectacles, teeth whitening, gym membership or a pet walking service. Our service members will have you covered.

The Experience

Some people on your list are "experience" people. They aren't interested in a hand-crafted necklace or a day at the spa.

They want something that gets them out and moving, exploring the city they love.

Our Beyond the Brick & Service business members have just what you're looking for. From food tours to travel agents, they've got it all.

The Selfless

What about people on your list who aren't looking to receive, but to give this holiday season?

Give the gift of supporting a local organization by donating or volunteering with one of our many clubs and nonprofit organizations in their honor.

The Foodie

The German Village Business Community boasts the membership of Columbus' top-rated restaurants, coffee shops and bars. Give the foodie on your list a gift certificate to one of our many members, or better yet, schedule a day to create your own adventure.

Map a few of your favorite restaurants, coffee shops and bars and do your very own progressive dinner.

The Gift to Yourself

You've got enough on your plate. Let our caterers, event-planners, organizers and creatives handle the nitty gritty while you enjoy time well spent with family and friends.

Chelsey Craig, manager of business relations and events for the german Village Society submitted the  Village Notebook column.