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
- Money spent at local business goes back into our economy and promotes economic growth and stability (not a news flash but a good reminder).
- 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.
- Reduce environmental impact with less time used in transportation of goods and services.
- Decrease unemployment and create more jobs
- 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.
- Mathias Fast Photography – One of Weddingbells 30 Most Inspiring Photographers http://mathiasfastphotography.com/
- Gawthrop Financial Group – one stop for insurance, investments, estate planning and retirement planning http://gawthropfinancial.com
- 1902 Teahouse – boasting the widest variety of organic loose leaf teas in North America. Shop and order online http://www.nineteen-02.com/
- Brit Boyd Alterations – Everything from resizing a pair of pants to making wedding dresses. Send her a message via her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/brit.boyd.5?fref=ts
- Elisabeth Gratz, Independent Sales Consultant for Norwex – providing chemical free household goods http://www.norwex.biz/pws/elisabethgratz/tabs/home.aspx
- Oh my dear loves Etsy shop – uniquely hand crafted earrings and illustrations – visit Stefani’s etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ohmydearloves
Happy shopping and keep it local!