|Why Shop, Dine + Live Local?|
It's all about the benefits of local ownership
So what does that mean? What businesses belong in the movement?
Clearly, Walmart is out and your neighborhood coffee shop is in.
But what if that coffee shop in St. Petersburg is owned by three family members, two of whom live out of state? Should that family-owned business be excluded? We don't think so. How about a locally owned franchise, whose owners live and contribute to the local community, too?
When considering what businesses fit in the buy-local movement, we ask if they fit the spirit of the five points listed above.
In the case of the family-owned coffee shop with some family members who live out of state, for example, some profits end up going to people outside the Tampa Bay region. But we think the coffee shop qualifies as local and fits the spirit of the movement. Unsure? What if there was only one owner, who lived local, but she used most of the profits to support her parents in a different state?
What do you think? What businesses fit in the movement?