Before you shop, think about this…


It’s scary how one click at Amazon can get you almost anything you need and even delivered to you within the hour. It’s also scary how huge Amazon has become, now dominating delivery of just about every consumable.  This level of hyper-convenience … Continue reading

Small Business Saturday is November 28


For many small businesses, this weekend is the most important time of the year. The shopping season is a perfect time to support small businesses by shopping local. supports the Shop Small movement — although we believe shopping local should be … Continue reading

Local Spending Practices : Good, Better, Best Good Better Best

When we shop local, our spending choices directly affect our local economy. We can buy from a local business that recirculates money in the community or from a business that sends revenue elsewhere. The impact of our choices is based … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Find Local Entertainment

Next time you want to have some fun, go to a local theater production or community sporting event. See a nearby museum exhibit or catch a live local band. Talented local entertainers and artists are in all of our communities. … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Switch to Local Banks

Switch to local banks and credit unions. Community banks serve smaller areas, so they’re more connected with the local markets but offer the same capabilities as the big banks. Interest, deposits and loan payments stay local building up wealth in … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Use Local Services

Need your car fixed or a home repair done? Looking for a dentist or accountant? Choose local service providers in your neighborhood over large chain or franchise services. More money stays in your town when you shop local and buy from … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Shop Local Loop

Get out and explore your community. We pass by places all the time but never think twice about them. Make a point to discover local indie businesses by driving (or walking) a one- to five-mile loop around your neighborhood to … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Find a Shop Local Buddy

Find some friends and make a Shop Local Shift together. Having a goal is easier and more fun to do with a friend or two. Motivate each other to find local indie alternatives to chain stores in Start a Shop … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Drink Local

  Drink local. Looking for libations or a place to meet up with friends? Choose a local indie coffee house, pub, bar or wine shop over the big chains. Support places owned by your neighbors and be sure to tip … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip – Eat at Local Places

  An easy way to shop local is to eat at locally owned restaurants. For each meal that you enjoy at a local indie place, more of your money goes towards paying local wages. Plus you’re supporting places that create … Continue reading