10 News journalist Kathryn Bursch meets with LocalShops1.com founder Ester Venouziou and then heads to downtown Gulfport to talk with LS1 business members.
Excerpts from the story:
In the strange way that technology works, Ester
Venouziou is typing away in her home and using the internet to
discourage shoppers from using it. Her Web site, LocalShops1.com, aims to point consumers to small local businesses.
"I think it's important to think before you shop," says Venouziou.
"If you spend $10 at a local store, most of the money is going to stay
locally. If you spend $10 at a chain, it's going to go wherever the
corporate offices are." ...
It's not always possible, but if you want to shed the chains of chain
stores and explore some indies, LocalShops1.com provides a map.