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Make your home feel extra cozy with buys from these 4 local businesses

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Succulents and other houseplants sit for sale in Broadway, Va.
Succulents and other houseplants sit for sale in Broadway, Va. Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP

Unless you’re a healthcare professional or a person whose workplace has been deemed essential in Massachusetts, you’re likely spending a lot more time at home. Even if your space is pulling double duty as an office, this is the moment to make it as cozy as humanly possible. Read on to discover items that can help you do just that, all while supporting local businesses. 

Beantown Blankets 

Nothing says “safe and sound” quite like snuggling up under a blanket. And you can feel extra good swaddled in a fleece throw from this Middleton-based business, which donates a blanket to someone in need for every item purchased.

Colortek of Boston

If social distancing has kept you from seeing some — or all — of your family and friends, surrounding yourself with their photos may help. A 2009 study even found that seeing images of loved ones can help reduce pain. This photo lab in downtown Boston can turn your captured memories into canvas prints and ship them to you. It’s as simple as uploading them to the lab’s website.

Micro Plant Studio

Houseplants have been shown to reduce stress, and this Southie shop has all the options you could want, from potted succulents to floral arrangements. If you’ve got a furry housemate or two, you might want to stick to their pet-friendly selection.

Noted Candles

Made with non-toxic ingredients, these candles are hand-poured in South Boston’s Local Maker Studio. The company will ship online orders, or provide same-day delivery for those in the 02127 area code as long as you order before 4 p.m. on weekdays and before noon on Saturday. Now seems most apt to try out their Tranquil Combo Pack, which will get you three miniature versions of the company’s most calming scents.