Indie Retailer Month – Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local

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July is independent retailer month! So we’re celebrating our independence at the Eye. This month recognizes and celebrates the importance of independent retailers in the community, the economy and, in our industry.

Indie Businesses are alive and well in our neighborhood. In fact, City pages voted Lyn-Lake the Best Neighborhood in it’s 2011 best of awards.  Here’s a bit of what they say in their article.

“While Uptown may have gone mainstream, Lyn-Lake retains its neighborhood funk. It’s easy to become a resident; there are plenty of duplexes and apartments for rent, many just rundown enough to be affordable without crossing the line into scary. Parking is pretty easy, the neighbors are mostly friendly, and the business district can’t be beat.”

We think that’s because there are almost no chain stores, like those which have invaded uptown.

Watch a preview of the acclaimed documentary “Independent America: The Two-Lane Search for Mom & Pop” It’s the story of married filmmakers Hanson Hosein and Heather Hughes as they drive 13,000 miles across America’s backroads to document the growing insurgency against corporate retail.

10 Reasons for You to Shop Locally Owned Businesses

1 You keep money in the neighborhood

A recent study showed that locally owned, independent businesses put about 70% more money back into the local community than chain stores, per square foot occupied. For every $100 you spend at a locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community. A space filled with a local business rather than a chain puts more dollars back in your neighborhood.

2 You embrace what makes our community unique

Every city is a city of neighborhoods. Where we shop, where we eat and hang out – all of it makes our neighborhoods home. All of which make us a community. Do you really want everything to look the same wherever you go, mass produced and conforming to some corporate idea of style?

3 Help out the environment

Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases, requiring less transportation, less fuel, less packaging, and merchants who take care of their home town. Small businesses generally set up shop in existing commercial corridors rather than developing on the fringe. This means less sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

4 You Get better 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.

5 You nurture your community

Nonprofits receive an average of 350% more support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

6 You create and keep local jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and small businesses account for the vast majority of job growth. Locally owned businesses are far less likely to pull up stakes and move operations to another city or country, taking their jobs with them.

7 You conserve tax dollars

Local businesses in neighborhoods need comparatively les infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. This means more money to support schools and beautify the community as sales taxes are reinvested.

8 You create choice

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based on the needs of their local customers and not on a national sales plan, guarantees a much broader range of product choices. The decision makers are right there, and they listen to their customers and respond with smarter, better options.

9 You invest in the community

Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are invested in the community with much more than just their dollars.

10 Vote with your dollars

If each household redirected just $100 of planned holiday spending from chain stores to locally owned merchants, the local economic impact would reach approximately $3 Million.

Please share this article to spread the word! We’d also love to hear your comments on why you shop local.

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