Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Shop Local

Here's the story of an Arizona family that believes in the importance of shopping local and they are willing to put their money where their mouth is. This family of four has committed to patronize only local businesses in their hometown of Scottsdale, Az. for a full year! If you'd like to learn more about their experience check out their blog One Local Family.

For 365 days, no Starbucks, no Old Navy, no Taco Bell. I wager that after a year of this, they probably won't want to go back to their old ways of shopping. Think you might be ready to try the same? If you need more convincing, here are a few facts:

For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 stays in the local economy, creating jobs, and paying for services like schools, public safety, and libraries. This is compared to $43 that is returned back to the community for every $100 spent at non-local businesses.

Small, local businesses are the largest employers nationally and create 2 out of every 3 new jobs.

Small businesses employ more than 52 percent of the nation’s workers.

Besides making good economic sense, shopping locally is a great way to get to know your neighbors and strengthen your community.

Love, Kelly


  1. Hi Kelly:
    Thanks for posting this. It will be fun to follow along with this family and get a few tips on doing the same in our town!

  2. Love it! Local is the way to go. Even though there were very few furniture shopping options (compared to my days in NYC) when I moved to SLC, I made a point of getting as many of my major furniture pieces locally as possible.