When we were kids, my dad always stressed the importance about shopping our local neighborhoods. He grew up in Roseville, Ca. when it was still considered a small town. All the merchants knew most everybody in town, and they also knew what all the neighboring stores carried.
He always said it was Okay to shop around, and go elsewhere, but to still remember all that our dollars provided for right there.
At the time, I wasn’t old enough to appreciate the lessons he was teaching.
But I am now!
When you Shop Local, you are doing so much more than just supporting a business. YOU are directly supporting local charities, sports teams, service clubs (Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts, 4-H etc.) VFWs, churches, schools, parks, apprentice programs, community centers, the swimming pool, the Ambulance and Fire departments. You are providing seating in the parks and benches and flowers on Main Street. You are providing senior services and concerts in the park. You are providing a Chamber of Commerce and city benefits.
~Yes~ I know some business owners think they are entitled to your business. You can read about that here.
There are so many ways that YOUR local dollars flow through the community that you never even see. It is doubly true in small and rural communities. It’s the tips the local waitress just used to get gas at the corner station. It’s the paycheck that let the gas station attendant by school clothes for his kids at the local department store. It’s the extra money in the plate on Sunday. It is the donations to all manner of local causes and charities.
You get the idea.
So, before you take all your dollars to the ‘big city’ or the ‘box store’ three towns over, take a moment and see if some of those dollars can be spent right in your own community.
Your community needs you!
Visiting the Roseville area? This site has tons of info on history, things to do, places to stay, where to eat etc.
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