1. Support your community.
For every dollar you spend in locally owned stores you are backing your neighbors and their families. If you allow your money to flow into your community chances are others will do the same and a network of caring is established. So whenever possible, even if it costs you a little more, buy from a local store.
2. You get the best.
Food prepared from scratch at the corner bistro is often better than the frozen entrees from the chain restaurants. Just like fresh produce from your farmers’ market is more delicious and nutritious. So eating and buying locally can have many health benefits.
3. Save on gas and help the environment.
It is really no joke the amount of hassle and expense there is in driving a car. The cost of gas, engine wear and tear, insurance premiums, etc., all add up. Give yourself, your car and the environment a break by driving less and staying local.
4. A unique opportunity.
When you support independently owned stores and restaurants you are given the chance to support one-of-a-kind places. You know how one chain store looks like all the others and you sometimes don’t even know what city you’re in? By shopping and eating at smaller, independent establishments you get to see the benefit of your patronage up close and can appreciate the experience.
5. It’s good for your heart.
When you frequent the same local stores and businesses you are bound to make friends and get to know others. It is a good feeling to go into a coffee shop where the barista knows your name and your drink or for the waitress in the family- owned restaurant to ask how your kid did in their soccer game. Being friendly and being welcomed adds richness to your life.
6. Help your community thrive.
Your community is where you and your family live and grow. If local businesses are doing well it will show up in the streets, the parks and on the faces of the residents. A thriving town center radiates out into the boulevards and residential streets with a feeling of hope and wellbeing. This is your town. Show it some respect and care by supporting your local businesses.