Shop Local in 2020

Personalized Service: A small business owner will go the extra mile to make you happy. Local businesses are owned by your neighbours and friends. They care about you and are invested in your community.

Unique Products: A national chain will sell hundreds or thousands of identikit products. Local stores sell unique merchandise in smaller numbers so you will buy something truly individual.

It supports the arts: Small local businesses support creativity! Look for art on display created by local artists. These are one-of-a-kind pieces you won't find anywhere else.

It helps the local economy: The money you spend in a local business stays within your town and community, thus improving its future.

Instead of purchasing items from national chains, try to purchase things from a business local to your area.  Buy a gift or a gift card at a local business in your area and give to a friend, family member, or co-worker. This will introduce the company to someone new and allow for the “shop local” mantra to spread.

Promote their business! If you like a particular shop or independent restaurant share and like their social media accounts. Spread the word. Give them a great review. Send them a thank you. Say why you love them and let them share your testimonial. By Anne McCarthy
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