Why Shop Local?

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Why Shop Local

We want consumers to think local first, and by doing so, positively impact the place we call home.

When you buy products and services from independent and locally-owned businesses, you’re supporting the Duluth economy. Best of all, you’re supporting our friends and neighbors.

Stats about Shopping Local

Small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big businesses.
[Source: http://www.amiba.net/resources/localhero/]

The more interesting and unique your community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
[Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.]

Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money to your local economy than one spent at a chain. That’s almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer.
[Source: http://www.amiba.net/resources/localhero/]

Shifting 10 percent of spending from chains to locally owned businesses would generate:

[Source: “Going Local: Quantifying the Economic Impacts of Buying from Locally Owned Businesses in Portland, Maine.” Garrett Martin and Amar Patel, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Dec. 2011.]

For every $100 you spend at locally owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.
[Source: Civic Economics – Andersonville Study of Retail Economics.]