And you're much more likely to discover some unexpected wonder or unique handmade treasure at a locally-owned shop.
Shopping at locally-owned independent shops also helps strengthen the local economy. Did you know that:
- A locally-owned shop returns 68% of its revenues to the local economy, whereas a national chain returns only 43%?
- Locally-owned shops employ more local residents and pay them substantially higher wages, in addition to having a broader range of jobs available?
- Local businesses buy more than twice as much from other local businesses, and also are more likely to use local banks and other service providers?
- Local businesses contribute more to the community through charitable giving, school funding, and other non-profit organizations?