7 Reasons to Shop Small this Season and Beyond
One of the first things I do when planning a trip is scope out the most interesting neighborhoods. It's definitely a must do on my list to soak in some of the "local flavor". I don't know about you but checking out local restaurants and/or boutiques is a big priority for me. Even if I walk away with nothing I feel satisfied that I didn't spend all my time in the typical touristy area and instead made a connection with those that help make that city unique. I make a point of "shopping small" when I'm on trips and when I'm at home too. There are so many reasons to patronize small businesses, here are just a few.
1. You're not just a customer.... You're part of the family.
Small businesses create a sense of community. I've personally watched so many families grow over the years in both size and age. Recently a mom was in Natural Resources with her newborn & 4 year old. I overheard her telling her daughter how NR was a safe, welcoming place for her to nurse and change her when she was baby. She also said she met her circle of friends in our moms group. I love knowing that we had a role, however how small, in this family thriving and building their community.
2. Your feedback and opinions can help shape the small business.
You can mention that you wished we carried this or you think we should offer that and you'll actually be listened to. The next time you're in you might see what you suggested and know you made a difference.
3. Small businesses have character!
You can find one of a kind or unique items when you pop in to your local businesses. Get away from mass-produced items found at big box chains by shopping at an independent retailer. You’ll find locally made gifts that are perfect for your significant other or enjoy an amazing personal service (massage anyone?) with a local provider.
4. It helps keep communities diverse (and interesting).
Your patronage helps keep Brick and Mortar businesses from going extinct! We all go to the mainstream retailers, but can you imagine what it would be like to live in a place with nothing but strip malls? By shopping local you’re making sure independent businesses thrive and add to the vibrancy and uniqueness of your community.
5. Small businesses give back (more) to your community because your tax dollars stay local.
When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your city, and neighborhood. Sales taxes are paid to the city and county where they are located. Shop online or at a business located elsewhere and the that money isn’t benefiting your community. Your tax dollars stay local, going toward public services, better schools, and libraries.
6. You help create jobs in the community.
More than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. The more you shop at a local store, the more potential job opportunities you could help them provide.
7. You’ll have a more personalized shopping experience.
Small businesses have the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service. Local businesses develop ongoing relationships with their customers based on trust and quality service. Every team member at Natural Resources has told someone to NOT buy something new and instead helped them figure out how to use what they already owned. Our priority at Natural Resources is your needs not pushing products. We'll spend as much time as needed helping you figure out what's best for you.
Why do you Shop Small?