10 Reasons to Shop Local

Why shop at a locally owned business first? The following 10 reasons show how more money spent at local business is reinvested in your community creating diversity and helping the community maintain or create its unique appeal.

  1. Shopping local creates jobs.
    Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local economy.
  2. Local independent shops invest more in our communities.
    Local businesses are proportionally more generous in their support of local charities, schools, and community events. So supporting local shops means a financial impact on your community.
  3. Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices.
    Many people get out of the habit of shopping locally and then are surprised by the range of products and gifts available.
  4. Shopping local saves you money.
    Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us all that local businesses = expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer larger items, and most importantly your time, the overall cost is often much higher.
  5. Shopping local retains our communities.
    People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.
  6. Shop Local retains our distinctiveness.
    Independent stores create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond more quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.
  7. Shopping local saves the environment.
    Local shops often stock a high percentage of local sourced goods which do not require long car and bus journeys, helping to reduce our global footprint.
  8. Local shops are for everyone.
    Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly, young people, and those without transportation.
  9. Local shops value you more.
    Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally, These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business which means you get a higher standard of service.
  10. Shopping local saves services.
    Private and public sector services cluster around shops. As shops disappear, so do salons, banks, restaurants, etc.

So…shop smart, shop local

Reprinted from Brazoria Chamber of Commerce


Grayslake Chamber Gift Certificates

The Grayslake Chamber of Commerce offers Gift Certificates to help you shop locally. These gift certificates are purchased at the Chamber office, by the gift giver, and can be accepted by any participating Chamber business with the same confidence as a check or as cash. For participating Chamber members, click the Business Directory tab for the most current, up to date list.

These are a great gift to give because it helps keep the money in Grayslake.

This is a great way to Shop Local…Shop Smart!!