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5 reasons to shop at Smith Mountain Lake this holiday season

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b2ap3_thumbnail_logo-ss.pngWell, it’s happened again. The holiday shopping season has snuck up on me and I’ve barely started a list, let alone purchased any gifts for family, friends and colleagues.

But while it may be tempting to hop on my laptop and load up an Amazon cart with items that will delivered straight to my home, I’m not going to do it.


Because I’m passionate about supporting local businesses at Smith Mountain Lake.

I’ll be shopping small at SML this holiday season and have put together my list of top reasons you should be, too.

  1. You’ll find truly distinctive gifts. Most Smith Mountain Lake retailers carry specialty items you can’t find at big box or e-commerce stores. Many are lake specific, crafted by local artisans or easily personalized. Family and friends will appreciate your thoughtful, personal touch!

  2. You’ll be supporting SML businesses during the slower off-season. By shopping at local retailers at the holidays, you’re providing a boost to the businesses that spur our local economy and development. Keeping dollars local helps those who live in our community and are investing in its success.

  3. You’ll get personal service from merchants who truly appreciate your business. Lake-area retailers understand your needs and are eager to help you find gifts that will put smiles on the faces of your loved ones this holiday season. 

  4. You’ll feel good supporting the businesses that invest in our community. Many, many lake-area merchants contribute financially to charitable causes throughout the year and organize special events that make SML such an awesome place to live.

  5. You don’t have to drive to Roanoke, Lynchburg or beyond. Leave the traffic and crowds behind and plan a special shopping day locally with friends. Enjoy lunch at a Smith Mountain Lake restaurant and take advantage of holiday specials at retailers around the region.

Happy Holidays!

~Ryan and the team at Bridgewater Marina 

Santa Around Bridgewater Plaza

Nov. 25, 2023

A Smith Mountain Lake tradition you don’t want to miss! Enjoy retail open houses, refreshments, door prizes, an Elf on the Shelf contest and more at this free event. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Find out more!



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