Why Small Businesses Matter: The Bethel Grapevine


Why Small Businesses Matter

Shop small, do big things for your community

Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!

You're IT The Bethel Grapevine!

Four questions with Hannah Lipman, founder of The Bethel Grapevine.

Why did you start your business?

In September 2020, I launched Bethel Grapevine, which is a free hyper-local online newspaper that focuses on the best of Bethel, past, present, and future. I wanted to provide a reading resource that was positive and non-political.

What is your best-selling product/service?

We have a column written by our town historian, Patrick Wild, called BYGONE Bethel and he brings Bethel's past to life. We also have a Bite's of Bethel column featuring a restaurant and the history of how it started and what it offers. Another column is Ask the Vet which is a good resource for pet owners. We provide an events page that is updated daily as well.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

We rely on our advertisers to support our business so our writers, photo editors, and web designers get paid.

Have you reimagined your small business?

Yes, I have. To build it out by having a Bethel Grapevine office on Greenwood Avenue and a storefront that offers products made in Bethel by Bethel artisans - jewelry, clothing, paintings, etc.

Visit The Bethel Grapevine online here, and make sure to check out their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter pages as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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