When you shop – you make a choice – we hope that you will choose to shop at an Independently Owned Store and support the surrounding communities!

  • You created more choice

    We pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.

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  • You invested in entrepreneurship

    Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.

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  • You took advantage of our expertise

    You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

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  • You made us a destination!

    The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

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  • You conserved your tax dollars

    Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong—right here in your community!

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  • You nurtured community

    We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.

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  • You helped the environment

    Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.

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  • You created local jobs

    Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

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  • You embraced what makes us unique

    You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

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  • You keep your local dollars in our local economy

    For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. When you spend that same amount at a national chain, only $43 stays in the community.

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This is a movement that people should love getting on board with – why? – because it is not difficult and very rewarding. We challenge you to make a point of making 10% of your purchases at independently owned shops and organizations. This relatively small change in spending patterns can produce a big benefit for the region’s economy.

The changes can be simple try visiting these kind of establishments – add them to your shopping routine

  • Farmer’s Markets – support local gardeners  – delicious and fresh
  • Local Jewelers – have something unique made – find the unusual
  • Independent Pet Supplier – because they take care of our local shelters
  • Bakeries – fresh, delicious and unique
  • Clothing Stores – clothing, apparel and accessories that is everyone is not wearing
  • Book Stores – get great advise – they read the books
  • Outdoor Gear Suppliers – hiking, skiing, climbing – ask the experts
  • Artist Galleries – local images – talented artistry like no where else
  • Craftsmen – such as furniture, leather, soaps, candles and many more
  • Restaurants – unique cuisine – owners often on site
  • And more – think outside the box….

How is it that changing just 10% of our spending can have such a big impact? One reason is that locally owned businesses buy more goods and services, like printing and accounting, technology and supplies from other local businesses. More money circulating in the local economy means more jobs – and the cycle continues