1. KEEPS OUR MONEY CLOSE
You’re not adding another drop in some vast bucket that’s overflowing into executive bonuses instead of employee salaries. You’re keeping someone’s dream alive and helping them feed the fam, both their own biological family and the extended Hudson Valley tribe.
2. PERSONAL SERVICE
Even from a social distance, local proprietors feature a level of customer service no big box could hope to emulate. Want somebody who’ll love helping you search for the perfect garment? A present for an inscrutable lunatic of some sort? The perfect color match? Start a conversation with a local indie retailer.
3. LOCAL SUPPLY CHAIN
Shopping local, independent businesses helps us nourish a robust local supply chain. One of the big lessons of 2020 is that supply chains are complex and sometimes alarmingly fragile situations. The more we support the locally owned shops, the more variety and volume they can afford to offer us. Less shipping also helps the environment!
4. ONLINE SUPPORT
There’s so much to choose from online—many of our shop owners have poured their energy into creating wonderful e-commerce. Buying products or gift cards online is the best way to make sure that our Main Streets will once again be bustling. Also help your favorite local businesses by sharing and commenting on their social media posts. It really helps.
5. IT FEELS GOOD
Local indies inspire and gratify in a way no mass-produced cookie-cutter ever could, whether you’re dressing, bathing, nourishing, building, decorating, gifting, or anything else. Merchandise that’s locally made or chosen with care by a human you actually know brings lasting satisfaction. The experience of supporting local trade means you’ll come away with a happy memory of your purchase—a free-of-charge extra that money alone can’t possibly buy.