Need a few good reasons to shop locally? We’ve got plenty!
- Keep money in the community. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses keep dollars local longer, enriching the whole community. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, nearly half goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, less than 15% is recirculated.
- In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinct character have an economic advantage. If we wanted to live somewhere that looked like everywhere else, we wouldn’t be living in St. John Parish.
- Local businesses often hire people who have a better understanding of the products they’re selling, and take more time to get to know customers.