Every product is handcrafted or manufactured by the Chicago-based small business vendor.
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.”
When you buy locally, your money is reinvested within the community.
SBA.gov says that local businesses added 8 million jobs to the American economy since 1990 while the expansion of large chains reduced jobs by 4 million.
When you shop small, you are helping to employ your community.
Local businesses add to the diversity of products and services available to a community.
Whereas chain stores often stock shelves that reflect national demands, a local sporting goods store is more likely to focus on community interests, offering apparel in local school colors, for example.
- Excerpt from Forbes.com
Plus, local options are just cooler all-around, am I right?
Small businesses thrive on providing quality service and building connections with their community to build a loyal customer base.
So, you are in great hands when you are shopping in a store that is genuinely happy to assist you.