Shop Local This 2020 Holiday Season! Gift Ideas To Support Your Local Community!

With the 2020 holiday season now in full swing, it is more important than ever before to try to give back to our communities and keep our small businesses thriving. COVID-19 took the country, and world for that matter, by storm, shutting businesses down left and right and hitting local, small business owners the hardest. Now is the time of year where we, as consumers, have the opportunity to give back to our communities by supporting local businesses and vendors before corporate, big-name brands. Here within our own community of Grain Valley and surrounding areas, there are many local vendors who are near and dear to our hearts. We hope you’ll consider them and their various products for your loved ones this holiday season!

Harpers Heart At Work

First and foremost, one of our favorite local vendors this holiday season is Harpers Heart At Work. Shop owner Mary Harper creates custom pieces in a variety of different mediums, including but not limited to: home wreaths, wood signs, engraved nameplates, clothing, and laser engraved and cut earrings.

Everything in her shop is handmade and custom designed just for you. Here at Rising Construction, we utilized her custom options to create personalized gifts for our staff this season, including Rising Construction wooden coasters and cutting boards.

Head to to view her work and purchase for your friends and family this season!

What other local vendors are near me?

Don’t be afraid to check out some of our other favorite local shops and eateries in the area! For gifting clothing, accessories, jewelry and more, local boutiques Vanilla Be Boutique and Lou Lou’s Earrings (also on Etsy) offer some amazing options! To give back to a local restaurant or bar, try two of our favorites here in the Blue Springs/Grain Valley area–Brewer’s Sports Bar & Grill and Sinclair’s Restaurant!

No matter how you shop this season, be sure to do it local! Whatever your need, whether that be accessorizing, dining or brew, there’s always a local business to support right here in our local communities!

Looking to give back another way this season?

Consider giving back to a nonprofit organization. One organization that we truly love is Sleep In Heavenly Peace, a group made up of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. Here in Missouri, there are 7 different SHP chapters, two as close as within Kansas City! By giving back to Sleep In Heavenly Peace, you are not only giving back to kids across the United States, but to kids right here within our community!

To learn more or to donate to SHP, visit We hope you will consider shopping small and donating to a local organization this holiday season.

From all of us here at Rising Construction, Happy Holidays!