While #smallbusinesssaturday has come and gone, I make a choice with every purchase. Supporting a local business will make a long term investment not only in my life, but also in my community.
This post is to remind you to try to shop local.
I understand the lure of easy one-click online shopping, especially during this time of year. However, if I don’t support a shop now how will it be able to remain open tomorrow?
By shopping local and not with a chain I am investing in a business that is more likely in turn to invest locally. From supporting local nonprofits to sourcing supply locally, a local and independent business is generally more able to provide local support than a chain. I know it’s not easy. Given the nature of my community it’s a challenge for me to find an independent coffee shop, book store, or yarn shop that also has a selection of products I’m interested in.
Sometimes a local shop will have a special event and allow you access to other independent businesses that you might not otherwise be able to shop in person. Anzula does this with Sabrina’s shop visits, check their events to see when she’ll be near you. Other businesses are also now touring, Helena of Oink Pigments is often out and about and several NYC area shops have been featuring Indie Pop-Up Shops including Knitty City and Woolyn. There’s also Indie Untangled helping match and balance the equation of those who create the supplies with those who create with them.