“Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs.”
- Michael H. Shuman, author of the book Going Local.
10 Reasons to Shop Local:
1. Shopping local creates jobs.
Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.
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. So supporting local shops means a financial impact on your community.
3. Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices.
Many people get out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.
4. Shopping local saves you money.
Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us all that local businesses + expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer larger items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.
5. Shopping local retains our communities.
People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.
6. Shopping local retains our distinctiveness.
Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.
7. Shopping local help the environment.
Local shops often stock a high percentage of local sourced goods which do not require long car and bus journeys, helping reduce our global footprint.
8. Local shops are for everyone.
Most people can get to their local shops easily and this especially important for the elderly and 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 service by their reputation and repeat business which means you get a higher standard of service.
10. Local stores build personal relationships.
Isn’t it nice to be greeted by name by the owner and be told, “Oh, I just got something in that your spouse will just love,let me show it to you!”
The owners and clerks get to know you as people, and the smart ones know how to make you feel special.