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10 Reasons to Shop Local

  1. Shopping local creates jobs
    Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. Locally owned businesses are far less likely to pull up stakes and move operations to another city or country, taking their jobs with them.

  2. Local independent shops invest more in our communities
    Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools and community events. Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are invested in the community with much more than just their dollars.

  3. Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices
    When people expand their shopping base in order to find the best prices and deals, they often discover that the best product choices, variety and prices are in their own community.

  4. Shopping local saves you money
    Large out-of-town businesses with large budgets can appear to offer the best deals, leading customers to believe it's worth the time/effort to shop at their stores. When shoppers calculate the cost of their time, gas, car wear/tear and delivery fees, they find that local stores often have the better deals.

  5. Community Well-Being
    Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.

  6. Product Diversity
    A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

  7. Shopping local saves the environment.
    Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

  8. Local shops are for everyone
    Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly, young people, and those without transportation.

  9. Local shops value you more
    Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business which means you get a higher standard of service. In a local business, you know the person behind the counter, and they know you. They have a deep understanding of the products they're selling, and they take time to serve their customers.

  10. Shopping local saves services
    Private and public sector services cluster around the shops because customers appreciate the convenience of completing their shopping and service visits in one trip.

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