Since my husband and I just moved downtown, we’ve had a great opportunity to try some locally-owned places in our new neighborhood. In fact, I’d say most of the places within a mile radius or so are locally-owned. Admittedly, it is sometimes difficult to pay the “extra” to buy items locally that are available for less online or through a chain, but the service and quality tend to be a bit better.
So it got me thinking…when I move back to the ‘burbs later this year, how can I keep up the momentum? Here are my top five thoughts below:
- Be more observant throughout your local neighborhood. What are the opportunities to support local business instead of always giving it to the big name chain stores?
- Make shopping an experience. Lots of art festivals and farmer’s markets are coming up, so take advantage of the talented artists in the area and fresh produce.
- Buy experience gifts. Choose massages, tours, community playhouse events, classes or other local services. I purchased community playhouse tickets for my in-laws for Christmas, so while we volunteered/ushered for the show, they got to enjoy it with us.
- Dine local. Grab lunch, happy hour, a coffee, ice cream or produce from a local place where you don’t usually don’t go. If you have an Entertainment Book, make a list of the local coupons you’d like to use before they expire. Mom’s Diner, anyone?
- Write positive reviews. Yelp or foursquare are places to submit evaluations of your favorite businesses.
How are you helping local businesses (like mine!)? Let me know in the comments below.