Buying Local is Sweeping the Nation Like a Holiday Storm!

Remember the movie, Support Your Local Sheriff? Well, it’s your turn and time to consider joining the thousands of Americans who have decided to Support their Local Businesses.

Local Shopping is not just a regionalized trend, but an increasingly popular phenomenon that is sweeping across America as consumers are turning their backs on big business (franchises and chains) and are shopping at small, local brick and mortar businesses, restaurants and boutiques shops.

The Levitch family from Scottsdale, Arizona made a decision to stay away from national retailers and restaurants for an entire year – no more Costco, Old Navy or franchised food shops.  Can you imagine what a huge commitment that is?  Applause, please.  You can visit the Levitch blog as they post updates on their experiences discussing the impact both positive and negative of only “shopping local.”

Why Shop Local?

There is a trend toward buying more natural, less processed, more locally grown foods from local farmers you will find at Farmers Markets, Food Fairs and small corner grocery stores.  Mindful consumers want to know where their meat, eggs and vegetables come from.  What’s in them?  How was it grown?  Who grew it?  What did the cows and chickens eat?  Can I safely consume this?

When we shop local we

  • Keep money and jobs in our community.
  • Create more tax revenue for the city and state.
  • Have more choices of higher quality products and services.
  • Have access to fresher produce, more natural and less processed, locally grown vegetables, fruits and meats.
  • Are able to ask for details on product manufacturer and production conditions.
  • Meet the owners and growers of your food products; we can even visit their farm!
  • Infuse pride, creativity and passion back into our communities.
  • Have quality shopping experiences with polite, friendly people.  Business owners have a lot more at stake than a clerk in a multi-million dollar chain where they are just another face and employee ID number.

In this holiday shopping season isn’t it good to know that if you shop local, your money (largely) stays in the local economy bolstering businesses on your street and small shopping centers near your neighborhood.  Isn’t it great to know you are helping somebody’s mother, father, brother, son or daughter earn a living and provide local jobs for others?  Just think, somebody may get to “keep” their job because you care enough to shop local.

The impact of big business on our communities can be seen as local job losses occur.  Whenever a national retailer brings in two new jobs, three jobs are lost when a local business closes down.  (2)   Shopping locally owned businesses causes money to be recirculated over and over again creating up to 75% more tax revenue for your city and state.

On Small Business Saturday, President Obama said, “From the mom-and-pop storefront shops that anchor Main Street to the high-tech startups that keep America on the cutting edge, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstones of our Nation’s promise.  These businesses create two out of every three new jobs in America…”

According to BuyLocalMN.com when Minnesota shoppers patronize small businesses [shop local] 63 cents of every dollar stays in the local economy as compared to 43 cents when customers shopped at major chain stores. (1)

In Arizona, for every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 remains in the local economy, and $27 leaves. For every $100 spent at a non-locally owned business, $43 remains in the local economy, and $57 leaves. (2)

Sew Much More employee Mary Kay Schwartz said. “We understand that if we buy local we benefit ourselves as residents and as business owners.”

Business alliances have now formed in about 140 cities and collectively organizations like Stay Local in New Orleans, the Metro Independent Business Alliance in Minneapolis- St. Paul, and Arizona Local First in Phoenix, have over 30,000 business members. (2)

Where to Shop Local in the Phoenix- Metropolitan Area

One can always find unique and imaginative apparel and  furnishing at local arts and crafts fairs, boutique shops and small brick and mortar businesses.

Local businesses like Shop to be Green can be found at the local farmer’s markets.  Shop to be green is a small green products eboutique that was born out of a love of organic, natural and sustainable products that promote a healthy lifestyle.  Visit them at their booth at the North Scottsdale Farmers Market on Saturdays, between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM and on Sundays starting on January, 8, 2012 at the Scottsdale Street Fair from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Visit the Glendale shop of  Healthy Baby Happy Earth  Safe, healthy choices for your little ones.  Both Online Store & Retail Store. Healthy Baby Happy Earth is truly a family oriented business owned and operated by a mom and her daughter.

Get the best hand-pattied, all-beef juice burgers, sweet potato fries and all around best cheese steaks from Mike’s Burger and Cheese Steaks in Gilbert.  You’re in for a surprise in this Fifties style diner.

Sound Packaging LLC in Chandler can help you with your packaging needs!  As a manufacturer of custom packaging with state-of-the art equipment, Sound Packaging has the ability to produce the highest quality products with the shortest turn-around time in the industry.

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Stressed out from holiday shopping and need a relaxing massage?  Hire Live Well Therapeutic Massage to get the kinks worked our of your neck and your life.  Relax into the holiday and the new year.

For a complete listing of Local Arizona Business owners, see Arizona Local First.

So you can see, it’s a little like “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood,” brought to life.  Do you know who the local businesses are in your neighborhood?  Would you like to support them so they can stay in business and provide you with quality products and services?

There is a richness to be obtained in getting to “know” the corner grocery store owner or the manager of the local clothing boutique.  What about the local butcher shop?  Are there any of those left?  The impact that local shopping provides is inestimable.  Shopping local will build stronger, more supportive local communities bringing creativity and passion back into our local economies and into our lives.

Shop local, be seen, be green, give green.