Local Hem Foresees Success For Online Boutiques And Small Business In 2012

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Local Hem, the online boutique shopping platform, reflects on a great 2011 for small businesses and foresees continued success for the small business community and its own boutiques in 2012.

A shot of the boutiques in downtown Marblehead, MA.

A shot of the boutiques in downtown Marblehead, MA.

With more boutiques offering ecommerce and nationwide promotional efforts for the shop local movement continuing, Local Hem expects to see more consumers shopping small in 2012.

As 2011 drew to a close, Local Hem, the online boutique shopping platform, celebrated not only a successful first 3 months in operation, but also an excellent year for small businesses in general. Launched in September 2011, Local Hem aggregates the online storefronts of a carefully selected collection of brick-and-mortar women’s boutiques. After the boosts in sales brought on by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday coupled with the unparalleled support from the community, Local Hem is eager to watch their online boutiques and the rest of the small business community prosper and grow in 2012.

Local Hem experienced the positive results generated by a year full of promotional pushes, news articles and buzz urging consumers to shop local businesses. With more boutiques offering ecommerce and nationwide promotional efforts for the shop local movement continuing, Local Hem expects to see more consumers shopping small in 2012. With the planned introduction of several new online boutiques, Local Hem is excited for its consumers to be able to shop even more of their favorite local boutiques online this year.

Local Hem’s online boutique collections feature products from “big name” designers such as Rachel Zoe, Alice + Olivia, Elizabeth and James, Tracy Reese, Citizens of Humanity and J Brand, most known for their presence on large department store racks. With these collections now available in many boutiques and online at Local Hem, shoppers have yet another reason to divert their purchases from large chains and to small businesses in 2012.

To ensure the continued success of its boutiques, Local Hem will not only offer many of the designers featured at large department stores in 2012, but will also continue to offer harder-to-find collections and the personalized styling and fit advice that characterizes the “traditional” boutique shopping experience.

In the year ahead you can expect to see new arrivals from all of your favorite designers (as well as the debut of new ones), continued free shipping promotions, international shipping and the addition of new boutiques and their hand-picked collections. Here’s to another great year for independent boutiques and designers!

ABOUT LOCAL HEM
Local Hem is an online boutique shopping platform allowing visitors from anywhere in the world to shop a selection of the best independent, local boutiques online. Visitors to the site can discover and shop boutiques online by location, category, designer or specific trends. Each online boutique is handpicked for Local Hem based on its commitment to offering unique, high-quality merchandise and customer service, resulting in a carefully curated selection of the best local boutiques.

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