I just got a GREAT email from The Old Town Boutique District (in Alexandria, VA, where I used to work at LDM) and there were some great facts and reasons that I didn't know about shopping local, so I thought I'd share them with you:
***These same reasons are good to keep in mind anywhere you visit with a downtown or local shopping district - aka, Uptown Greenville***
- Keep more dollars in the local economy.
For every $100 spent in a local store, $68 will stay in the community. But, spend $100 at a chain store and only $43 stays in the community.
- Create more local jobs.
That extra money is spent on hiring more people in the community, who buy their own products and services and pay taxes.
- Attract tourism and visitors.
It’s old Town’s independently owned businesses that make it a unique destination for tourists and residents of the washington, D.C. area.
- Get better service.
Local businesses take more time to get to know you and the products they’re selling.
- Help local causes.
Studies have shown that local businesses provide 350% more support to community causes than national chains.
- Enjoy a diverse range of product choices.
Small businesses choose products based on what their customers love and need — not a national sales plan.
- Help the environment.
By shopping in a central business district, you discourage sprawl. Plus, purchases by independent businesses typically require less transportation. And our easy Metro access and King Street Trolleys reduce congestion and pollution.
- Invest in the community.
Local businesses are owned by people who live here, work here, and are more invested in our future.
- Invest in entrepreneurship.
Local entrepreneurs work hard to grow their businesses. As they expand, they create more wealth for the local economy.
- Put your taxes to good use.
Shopping in old Town requires less public infrastructure, less maintenance and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested right here in Alexandria.