Shopping small and local keeps jobs and money in your community, helps stimulate your local economy, and is vital to keeping your community alive and flourishing! Many people shop online these days, and don't realize the value of patronizing the small mom and pop businesses in your community. Here are some facts to help you realize the impacts of shopping local:
Small businesses give back (more) to your community
When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay sales taxes to the city and county the business is located in. Stray to a big box business elsewhere or online and that money isn’t benefiting your community at all. Plus, that tax money is used to support public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as fund public service workers, like firefighters.
What’s more, according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”
Small businesses provide better customer service
Small business owners strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over large retailers is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.
When you enter Baby Love, you will always be greeted with a smile and a knowledgeable staff member who is ready to assist as much as you would like. Whether you're a parent who knows exactly what you want, or a childless friend shopping for a gift, you are guaranteed a helpful associate to assist in finding the perfect product.
Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity
Small businesses have just as much access to vendors (who also determine pricing, not stores) that big box businesses do. If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them – they’re also usually much more receptive and willing to order them for you.
Baby Love has built it's selection over the past 6 years based off of the demand and suggestions of it's clientele. Not only is the selection more diverse than ever, but more curated to offer the most convenient, comfortable, healthy products available for your growing children.
Small businesses create a sense of community
You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner in your neighborhood.
Lauren, the owner of Baby Love, is in the shop to personally help you almost every day of the week. It's Lauren's goal to help the community with more than just a variety of today's best products for parents and children, but also offer resources like educational classes, meetups, and support groups to help new parents survive and thrive with children. It takes a village, are we can often feel alone in this big world, especially as new parents. Parents need support in many ways, and we look forward to offering that for many years to come.
You’re going to feel good
Would you rather feel the guilt of buying a cart full of stuff you probably didn't need from Target, or the satisfaction of buying a wonderful product you may not have discovered if it weren't for the carefully curated selection of helpful baby products at Baby Love? Not only do you get a knowledgeable associate and personal service from a small boutique, you are presented with quality products the small shop owner personally believes in.
Many small shops like Baby Love offer locally made products and products made in the USA so you can feel good about keeping more jobs close to home and purchasing ethically manufactured products.
Source cited: https://blog.fivestars.com/shop-small-businesses-every-day/
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