when we were young…

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Supporting the families of today and the leaders of tomorrow


I am increasingly looking for more ways to shop local and support small business. Living in a small coastal community, I see first hand how much of an impact on the economy it has when business is taken off the coast. It’s the difference between being able to live in a slower paced society free from rush hour traffic and congestion; attention grabbing signs enticing you to spend more money and not having to move to “the city” as us small town people call Vancouver and its neighbouring cities. It’s the difference between the coast being able to sustain families and young people and not just those with money.

5 reasons to shop small and local

  1. Money spent at local business goes back into our economy and promotes economic growth and stability (not a news flash but a good reminder).
  2. Small business often provide better service and are well educated on the product/s and services they offer leaving you the customer less likely to feel ripped off or like you bought something you didn’t need or even really want.
  3. Reduce environmental impact with less time used in transportation of goods and services.
  4. Decrease unemployment and create more jobs
  5. More diversification in products offered to cater to the individual needs and not corporate marketing plan.


It’s not always feasible but I believe that if we all make an effort whenever possible to shop local and purchase our produce from the local fruit stand or shop and take our vehicles to a local mechanic as opposed to a well known chain, we would see growth and prosperity within our communities and country as a whole.

Since starting my own business, I have grown a new appreciation for supporting fellow self-employed folks, especially young families and moms like myself who have little ones not yet in school. I would like to introduce you to a few small business (local within a hundred mile radius of Vancouver, B.C.) to provide some inspiration and ideas for how many various options there are in getting the products and services you require.


Happy shopping and keep it local!

support small business, economic growth and prosperity, communities, people, neighbours helping neighbours



Author: whenwewereyoung...

A stay at home mom of two boys under two, love TED talks, swing dancing and of course, writing. When we were young is my sharing of motherhood, the beautiful, the ugly, the happy, the sad and the world my boys are growing up in.

2 thoughts on “Supporting the families of today and the leaders of tomorrow

  1. Thanks for the mention virginia! I agree shopping locally is not only rewarding for the business, but also for the one making the purchase.
    It’s sometimes a hard thing for me to do when I’m so close to superstore, for he first time in a long time. But the low prices don’t reflect quality in most departments. I’m lucky to have a lot of local markets in the Cowichan Valley, and as a small business myself, I know that it’s up to the community to keep these markets thriving!

    • For sure, Stef! I would love for the majority of my shopping to be through local and small businesses but at this time in my life and circumstances, IGA, Costco and so on are the places I frequent regularly. But every bit counts so when I can support small and local, I am happy to do so!

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