Well, I'm at it - again.
It's been 5 months since I made my case for shopping local. It got quite a few shares and lots of hearts and thumbs. I was pretty stoked on the social media impact that little article had. I poured a lot of honest thought into it, and I think I allowed myself to share some things that a few other local retailers were wanting to say.
So here I sit, again, typing up another blog about shopping local. As a small retailer, of course it's a topic I'm passionate about. However, some of the conversations I've had with other local retailers and artists have been nothing short of heartbreaking. The wind is being taken from our sails (and sales).
After this incredibly divisive political year, shopping local is one of the most bipartisan actions one can take. Both sides want changes of some sort but those changes aren't going to trickle down because you vote once every 4 years in a presidential election. Change should happen from within and the change begins in your hands! Shopping local is as patriotic a duty as voting and has daily, localized results. You cast a ballot every time you make a purchase. You have the ability to cultivate community and culture when you reach into your wallet. You become the lobbyist when you shop. Amazon is convenient and next day shipping is neat - but you know what is really neat? Having a conversation and an impact on the culture of your city!
I won't be as long-winded as my last article, but I urge with you to be consciously considerate when you make a purchase. Think long term about the impact your dollar has. This is not about hopping on the bandwagon of a trend, it's about really investing into your city and neighborhood.
"The change begins in your hands" is a slogan and image we want to spread. If you are as passionate as we are about supporting local businesses, we'd like to let you use this image. Below are a few different file types so you can utilize this image on social media, print, or wherever you find suitable. We'll likely print up some stickers and whatnots with the image soon. Thanks for supporting small businesses, it means so much to us.