Monthly celebrates local businesses and communities with the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards, the “best of the best” places to shop, dine and live, as voted by you, our readers. We received 7,528 electronic ballots in our eight-week Readers’ Choice promotional campaign, intended to identify the top businesses in a wide range of categories. Want to find the best of the Lowcountry? You will find it here. The list of categories and winners is extensive.

bussineelowcThe Christmas countdown is on and small business need our help.

Christmas is the time of giving. We all could give back to our community by shopping locally instead of ordering something from a catalog or website.

Indeed, shopping more locally has a big affect on the area’s economy, and it makes you feel good on top of that. Let’s consider a few of the top reasons to shop locally: