This holiday season, we’ve curated a gift bag that brings the best of small businesses in our coverage area to your doorstep.
By Matt Skoufalos | November 23, 2020 – (UPDATE: December 19, 2020)
What’s in the Bag?
Every Good News Bag includes a selection of gifts and goods from 23 local small businesses within our nine-town, Camden County coverage area.
We hope that, in addition to enjoying their offerings here, you will patronize them throughout the year. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and like all your neighbors, many have been hit particularly hard by circumstances of the past year.
These Earth-friendly, reusable totes were designed by Falco Print and Design, and screen-printed at The Factory in Collingswood. On one side of every one, you’ll find the names of six sponsoring organizations who helped this project become a reality. We thank them all for their contributions!
- The Allison Nagle Team at ReMax One Realty
- The Camden County Government
- Collingswood Partners
- Haddonfield Financial Planning
- Segel Associates
The gift list:
- Arts Plus Gallery of Collingswood (read more here) — one of: decorative glass holders, picture frames, candles, soaps, hand lotion, and artful socks
- Bespoke Home + Life of Collingswood (read more here) — Balsam fir Christmas tree
- Button Shy Games of Haddon Township (read more here) — wallet games
- Denim BYOB of Haddonfield (read more here) — $20 gift card
- ExtraordinaryED of Collingswood (read more here) — Crazy Aaron’s thinking putty
- Galerie Marie of Collingswood (read more here) — handmade cloth face masks
- Grooveground Coffeebar of Collingswood (read more here) — hot chocolate gift certificates
- Haddon Culinary of Collingswood (read more here) — gourmet popcorn from Popper’s Corn
- Independent Alarm of Pennsauken (read more here) — beverage koozies
- Inkwood Books of Haddonfield (read more here) — notebooks
- MECHA Chocolate of Haddonfield (read more here) — peppermint bark
- Meraki Market of Haddonfield — sage bundles
- Occasionette of Collingswood (read more here) — Girls Can Tell custom-printed tea towels
- Phidelity Records of Haddon Township (read more here) — $10 gift cards
- The Pilates Soul Studio of Collingswood (read more here) — TRX class voucher
- Rad Robot Art of Haddon Township (read more here) — original holiday greeting cards
- Revolution Coffee Roasters of Collingswood (read more here) — 6 oz. coffee sample
- Ropeadope Records of Haddon Heights (read more here) — CDs from Ropeadope recording artists
- RunningCo of Haddonfield (read more here) — Feetures compression socks
- Secret Origins Comics & More of Collingswood (read more here) — store-exclusive Daniel Warren Johnson cover of Cross Over #1
- Tonewood Brewingof Oaklyn (read more here) — holiday exclusive glassware
- Wild & Co. of Collingswood (read more here) — proprietary blend of adaptogens for focus
Our NJ Pen gift subscription insert cards were printed locally at Pronto Ship & Print of Collingswood (read more here). To redeem your three-month trial subscription (new readers only), please contact us with the new subscriber’s information and we’ll help you get set up.
Thanks for supporting The Good News Bag! For more background information, read on!
What’s the Good News Bag project all about?
Back in February, NJ Pen won a competitive grant from the Center for Cooperative Media that was designed to bring us closer to the communities in our coverage area, and help grow our subscriber base as well.
The project we pitched was called “The Good News Box.”
It’s our riff on the curated subscription boxes that have become popular with shoppers and boutique brands in the past decade or so.
(If you’ve heard of Birchbox, Stitch Fix, or KiwiCo, you get the idea.)
There are so many vibrant small businesses in our Camden County coverage area—more than enough to fill a truckload of boxes—that we thought the opportunity to showcase them in a similar fashion would resonate with our readers.
And with our local economies having been throttled during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this project has become a more significant opportunity to boost some bottom lines when they could use it the most.
Originally, we wanted to host a pickup party for these curated boxes that would further celebrate the community spirit in which we deliver the news, but in-person gatherings aren’t the order of the day, so we’re bringing them to your doorstep instead.
We also shifted from the “Good News Box” to the “Good News Bag,” as New Jersey’s recent ban on single-use containers means you probably could use an extra earth-friendly, re-usable tote in the coming months.
Most importantly for us, every gift bag purchased includes a three-month trial subscription to NJ Pen, which may be activated for the e-mail address of your choice (new subscribers only).
You can give it as a gift or use it for yourself; it grants access to every news story we’ve written over the past six-and-a-half years.
We hope it will lead more folks to become full-time NJ Pen subscribers.
Readers who support this site financially provide the bulk of its bottom line at a time when ad revenues across all media are shrinking. Simply put: your investment in our work keeps us working for you.
Thanks for reading NJ Pen, and thanks for helping us share some of the best of what Camden County has to offer with the special people in your life!
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