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Small Business Saturday 2023: Local Businesses We Love at Net Friends

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Why We Support Small Businesses

Small businesses are the backbone to every local economy. In 2022, Net Friends CEO, John Snyder, joined the Leadership Council for the National Small Business Association (NSBA). This role allows John to champion small business concerns at the legislative level, influencing lawmakers to consider small business interests when drafting policies and distributing grants.

We celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 25th this year! This annual holiday spotlights small businesses and retailers in our communities. Net Friends is proud to be a part of the Durham business community—since 1997. We invite you to support local establishments this holiday season, wherever you live.

Listed below are small businesses our Net Friends staff love to enjoy. Check them out!

Small Businesses We Love at Net Friends!


  • Ajja, Raleigh, NC
    Amazing Mediterranean food, great date night vibes. - Will
  • Apex Wings, Apex, NC
    Best wings in the area. - Jack
  • Bombshell Brewery, Holly Springs, NC
    Great Beer and music. - Jack
  • Chai's Asian Bistro, Raleigh, NC
    The food is magnificent. - Jamal
  • Chirba Chirba Food Truck, Triangle Area
    Some of the best soup dumplings I've ever had! - Olivia
  • Juju, Durham, NC
    Best Asian tapas restaurant in Durham. - Olivia
  • La Unica, Charlotte, NC
    Some of the best authentic Mexican food I've found in the area. - Scott
  • Pimento Tea Room, Holly Springs, NC
    It's our favorite local restaurant. - Bob
  • Royal Cafe & Creperie, Matthews, NC
    The most engaging and helpful service staff I've ever encountered. - Scott
  • Samantha's Pupusas, Hillsborough, NC
    Tiny, humble, and full of genuinely warm people and deliciousness. - Amy
  • Trophy Pizza + Brewing, Raleigh, NC
    I always take my parents when they visit, it is a favorite spot of ours. - Olivia

Featured Small Business

High Strung Violins & Guitars

We've gone electric! Add an electric guitar to your holiday list.
string instruments in high strung violin and guitars showroom

Step into the world of music with High Strung, the region's premier destination for string instruments. Whether you're looking to purchase, rent, or delve into classes and lively jam sessions, High Strung has you covered. Need a repair? High Stung has repair techs that will restore your instrument.

Their popular Country/Honkytonk Jam is also back! Not your thing? No worries! Their diverse range of groups ensures every musician finds their rhythm—explore the full lineup on their website.

Sweets & Treats


Featured Small Business

Hamilton Hill Jewelry

Discover yourself in a world of brilliant design at Hamilton Hill, a fine jewelry boutique in downtown Durham with an international reputation.

Experience the simple elegance of meticulously crafted and curated pieces in a wide range of styles, materials, and prices. Sleek modernism, innovative contemporary design, and traditional classics cater to diverse tastes, ensuring you find the perfect piece for every occasion. Commission custom work, have repairs and restorations done. Experience luxury shopping with highly personalized customer service whether you visit in person or work with Hamilton Hill long distance online.


  • Atlantic Gardening, Raleigh, NC
    It is an amazing space, one of my favorite nurseries. - Christine
  • Bad Machines, Durham, NC
    It's a good place to let your hair down and just play video games. - Jamal
  • Burn Bootcamp, Holly Springs, NC
    My wife does not stop talking about how great it is. - Jack
  • Crates and Critters, Gibsonville, NC (Cat Patios & more!)
    They build beautiful custom catios and dog crates! - Gabbie
  • Frozen Pines Tattoo, Gibsonville, NC
    They do fantastic work, and Annie Bella is the best! - Gabbie
  • Glass Jug Beer Lab, Durham, NC
    Our fav local bottle shop. - Olivia
  • Graham Cinema! $5 Movies, Graham, NC
    That old timey small town movie vibe. Plus, when you call for the showings, there is a joke at the end. - Gabbie
  • Gunter's Greenhouse, Durham, NC
    Great houseplant selection. - Christine
  • Inner Peaks, Charlotte, NC (Climbing)
    The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and they just added new 55' walls. - Scott
  • Logan's Garden Shop, Raleigh, NC
    Huge selection and great staff! - Christine
  • Oaklore Distilling, Co, Matthews, NC
    The entire staff would spend the entire day talking shop with you if they could. Their vodka is so crisp and smooth it's dangerous. - Scott
  • Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre, Henderson, NC
    This is our FAVORITE Drive-In movie theatre. - Emily
  • The Fitness Lab, Holly Springs, NC
    Small group, trainer led classes with a supportive community that pushes you to improve. - Susanna

Support Local for the Holidays

The season of giving is snowballing into full-fledge holiday festivities! Consider our local favorites when planning gifts for loved ones. A gift card or visit to one of these local establishments (or any small business) will definitely spark joy all season long!

For more small business recommendations, check out past years' staff picks:
- 2022 Local Businesses We Love at Net Friends
- 2021 Local Businesses We Love at Net Friends

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