There has never been a better time to support small businesses. Not only will shoppers be supporting their local economy, but they can also be sure that gifts for family and friends reach them in time for holiday giving.

So, Startup Alleghenies (SUA) joined forces again with local businesses to create a second  online holiday gift directory, Very Merry Market, a one-stop shopping experience to help businesses and holiday shoppers located at

The market runs now through December 31, 2021, and includes special coupons and promotions. It also has the support of local economic development agencies from Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon and Somerset County.

“Supply chain stress is intensifying as the holidays approach,” said Debbi Prosser, director-business development, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC). “Billions of dollars of products are stuck in US ports, and Moody Analytics warns that  out-of-stock products for online shoppers is up 172% compared to January 2020.”

“We are supporting Very Merry Market again this year,” said Jennifer Marsh, vice president, Bedford County Development Association. Not only does it shine a spotlight on local businesses, but  knowing that shoppers will receive their gifts on time is especially important this year.”

 Santa’s Helpers can use this directory to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their shopping list by following the links to participating businesses. Those who prefer can also shop in-person, but be sure to check store hours before venturing out.