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Seven Small Joys to Brighten the Winter Blues

Winter doldrums, pandemic fatigue, seasonal depression… whatever you want to call it, it’s here with an icy coating to boot. Finding moments of joy in these cold, grey times can be challenging but local businesses are here to brighten up your day with a little cheer – for yourself or for a friend.

 Summer on Oregon Hill soy candles

Light up a candle in a signature local scent. Hill and River Collection’s soy candles come in fun scents including Sunset on the James, Summer on Oregon Hill, and Sandbridge Beach House that will transport you away from the icy reality of life right now.

 a flatlay of a green loungewear outfit with pink slippers and a white tank top

Cozy and comfy clothes are a must, not just on cold winter days but for pandemic life in general. If after nearly a year of WFH life your loungewear could use a refresh then it’s time to check out the Sweetest Stitch for latest in cozy, yet chic fashions.

 floral display with pinks, oranges and greenery

The fastest way to brighten up your space on a grey winter day? By adding a mood-boosting pop of color with some fresh flowers. The arrangements from Strawberry Fields are so cheerful you can’t help but smile.

 fresh eucalyptus hangs from a shower

Turn your bathroom into a spa with a little help from Mamie’s Apothecary. From fresh eucalyptus bundles and shower steamers to bath salts and soaksMamies can help you take your self-care to the next level.

 a table top fire pit with a flame and gourmet marshmallows

No fireplace? No problem. Gild and Ash’s petite fireplace is perfect for indoors or out, and runs simply on rubbing alcohol. The clean burn will allow you to roast marshmallows with or without power.

 a collection of yarn on a table

Knit up something cozy with a little help from Dances with Wool. Whether you need a new beanie or a blanket, Dances with Wool has classes and supplies that will not only give you something to do inside, but a warm reward when you’ve finished.

When all else fails, log on to your favorite local shops’ websites or Instagram for a little retail therapy. A little “Add to Cart” action never fails to brighten even the greyest of days.

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