When we consider how many small businesses surround us in your everyday lives, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labour these hardworking individuals contribute to make their businesses both come to life and stay alive. Yet, many of us frequent chain stores without considering our local merchant or other small business options.

Here are some reasons why you should shop local, especially during the Holiday Season.

-Customer service is more personalized and hands-on from smaller businesses.

Local business owners are more likely to give back to your community.

-Local businesses support other local businesses. When you spend your money with a local retailer, they spend money with a local advertiser, their local accountant, a local bank, the local hardware store, local product suppliers and much more.

-By shopping locally, you are reducing your carbon footprint and creating habits that are sustainable to your local environment.

-Local decision making; Local ownership ensures that the important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

-INCREASE WEALTH OF RESIDENTS! The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.

-We can’t simply say ‘Shop Local!’ and keep our economy vibrant and healthy, we have to take the time and spend the money to support local businesses with our presence and our dollars.

-So, when you walk by your neighbourhood coffee shop or that charming florist or the amazing bakery, walk in the door and spend a few bucks and let our local business owners know just how much we appreciate them. You’ll be glad you did!