A few months back I was asked a pretty simple question: Why shop local? The answer however isn’t as simple; here are some of the reasons. Let’s start with the most obvious: Support your neighbors and your community. What you give to the small businesses in your area, is given back to the town/city and state. Whether it is more tax money, more jobs or the investment that small business owners put back into the community, it’s a win/win. Studies show that when more money is spent locally, its causes a larger effect; strength in that community, which in turn, brings more decision making power to local business owners and residents versus the boardrooms from out of state.
However, the local investment isn’t just the taxes paid; small business owners tend shop locally and are more involved with local education, fundraising and are more accountable to their communities. Small businesses are in it for the long run and are a crucial investment to the future of the area in which they serve. This plays a important role in stimulating the local economy.
And the most obvious reason to shop local? Customer service and experience. I know that it is my first priority to make the experience in David-Max better than any chain store would offer. When you come into my store, I want it to be personable, relaxing and refreshing. Over the last year I have collected the works of many, very talented artisans throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. These artists offer more than what just meets the eye: the opportunity to have a one of a kind piece, whether it is something you fell in love when you visited or a custom project that was made to order. To list them here you’d be reading for a while, so when you have time, stop by.
With the warmer months upon us, get out, do some shopping, eating and strolling locally. Meet your neighbors and enjoy everything that your community has to offer.
– Courtney Grady-Calcione