No matter where I go, I find “for lease” signs in the windows of downtown shopping centers and neighborhood strip malls. Each time that I pass an empty storefront that used to be the home of a local shop or restaurant, it makes me pause. What makes the neighborhood shopping experience appealing and fun are those cute, funky and unique small shops. All of the independent shops like bookstores, cafes, jewelry and unique craft stores are the makings of a shopping district destination spot. The unique character of the neighborhood is made from these small independent shops and when they close and leave a vacant sign something is lost.
The local shops in your neighborhood help to bolster the local economy. A greater percentage of the dollars you spend at a local shop stay in the local economy. Rather than having me rattle off a bunch of statistics, I’m opting to share a great infographic that shows the importance and value in shopping local and supporting the small buinesses in your area. Shop local and everyone wins!
The infographic is from the Huffington Post and the specific article is: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-salguero/why-buying-local-is-worth_b_4310520.html