Stella & Dot
|Buying local supports my friends, neighbors
||All the monies I spend
locally go back into
MY community. They are not going into the
of the "big world." My community
is the most important to me and I
if more people alllll over the U.S. would focus
communities, we could live
in a much better world with less homelessness
|Buying local supports the
recycling much-needed resources and funds
back into the
community. It also creates bonds
between people, businesses and
the community by creating friendships,
collaborations that keep
a community strong, vibrant, and alive.
|Small business owners are
your friends, the parents of the children that go
school with your children. Every small
business that fails is someone
in your community, someone who put their all
into an idea that
would provide a service
or product that they thought people would love.
In this economic climate, we need to support
small businesses more than
ever. They don't have
the resources that large companies do to stay
many are month to month and you stopping by
and making a
purchase or eating a meal
may be the difference between a business
there next time you want it, or another
||When you buy local more money stays
in the community, which can help local economies
withstand the downturn.
||saves on time and fuel cost and keeps the money
in the local commerce
||I think to be unique, and
to buy the best quality
of products. Shopping locally is the best way to
this happen. Plus, I like having a job, which directly
the success of local businesses
who depend on people like me.
|You're helping others in the community excel.
||I believe in supporting my community, and small
||Extremely important to support our local economy.
I try to buy locally as much as possible.
|Carol Ann Dennison
|local shopping is the
essence of the American spirit -
support of your neighbor builds a
stronger community -
the "green movement" dictates a new level
consciousness in consumers -
||Because it keeps the money and jobs local
||like to support the area business
|Billie Jo Grassinger
Tampa Bay Natural Health
|Buying local is most
important to me because I like
to know the person who is getting my
If I shop at Walmart, Target or Kmart, I have no idea
pocket that money is going into as well as where
they are going to use
it! When I buy from a local
business, I also empowered that I am keeping
business open so more people can spend their money
there too! I
would much rather eat a local diner/eatery
than a chain, as the owner
truly cares about their food
and wants you to return, it is not just
about the numbers.
Thus, tampabayafternoondelight.com was born
share the local establishments with people who
may not have otherwise
known of their existence.
The Presentation Coach
|You support the local
economy. You help grow the local
economy. And you make the best friends
you think, act, and feel LOCAL!
|I love knowing that when I
buy local it helps support
the economy in my area, and that it shows
to smaller businesses that still love what they make,
sell. As a blogger, I really try to help display
my love for local or
self-owned shops, with the idea
that the American Dream is still alive
even in 2011!
||MEET NEW VENDORS I NEVER HEARD OF
Time to Unwind Yoga
|I also shop local because it's the best way to support
our small business owners!
|Keeping our local economy
going is very important!
We can't depend on the government to take care
for us...so we need to take care of each other!
JK Flowers & Gift Baskets
|you help your local economy
you know who you are buying from
times you are dealing with smaller business
so they are more customer
and they care about there customers, many times
the owner or partner who helps in in the smaller
Linda's Jewelry & More
|I make friends with local
business and we can share
life together and talk to each other and be
and help each others' businesses
||support local business and people! cut down on fuel
||Delightful convenience and hoping my support
will ensure it's stability.
The Globe Coffee Lounge
|I'm a business owner, but
also a shopper. Buying local
is more than keeping the money in the
(both actual and tax dollars). I feel like I'm weaving
community by shopping, banking, working and playing
here. We weave
ourselves a whole, organic place.
I know most of my customers, see them
out and about,
and we live our lives with a sense of place, a feeling
home and belonging. Isn't that what we are seeking
in this increasingly corporate, digital, faceless world?
|Building loyalty and familiarity. I shop local because
I was to support local business just as I want
local businesses to support me! You can't ask
for support if you
don't give it!
||The big boxification (yes
it's a word) of the country
hurts not only local economies, the
who work there and the environment, it also
neighborhoods so there is no
uniqueness. All giant malls and the people
work there look alike. Also, dollars spent at locally
stay in the community. I could go on
and on but those are my MAIN
Two Coconuts Swimwear
|There is nothing more
gratifying than seeing the shop
owners' expression of happiness when you
product. Not only have they made a sale, but they
have made a
friend and client for life. They receive
the least expensive and most
word of mouth.
||You have a chance to
connect with your community,
keep the money flowing back into your
finding items that are original. It's a good way to
your "neighbors" who own the shops because they are
families also and counting on us to frequent
The Dance Designer
& Wedding Pro
|This is how the money
flows! You spend $100.00
with me this week, next week I spend it with
who will spend it Jack who then spends it with me and
I pick a
new local shop to spend in the next month!
Local business' send
referrals which in turn builds trust
within the community and small
Don't see the big box stores looking out for each
||Local isn't just about
location. It's a feeling and
a mind-set from a time long ago. Local is
Local is having a relationship with the business in which
you have the potential to be seen as a person with a name.
I shop, buy,
and eat local because I care about those
that stand up against these
hundred-million dollar franchises
and say "I live here and I am a small
business with a big voice".
It's consumers standing behind those small
in the "Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who" mentality to shout
That "We" is your neighborhood.
That "We" is a potential
legacy in a local bar or restaurant
as your children can go to that
place 21 years from now and say
"my parents went on a date here".
is important because it is someone attempting to make
a difference for
something they care for, not just a dollar.
That's why I support LOCAL!
|To help individuals in the
community thrive & be independent!
I absolutely refuse to support
companies who have any role
in unethical practices through the products
they sell or the people
they employ, i.e. most chain retailers, not to
local always gives you the best & most unique
For example, who wants to wear something from a chain
department store that everyone else is going to be wearing
more than likely created in a sweatshop & who wants
cosmetics filled with toxins that have been tested
on animals? Not to
mention, shopping at these chains,
we get not even half the amount we
spend put back
into our own community!
Madeline and Francine
|If I shop local I not only
support my neighbors and help keep
their businesses going, I am
supporting a business based
in the USA.
|Buying local keeps you
involved with your community. |
You are helping a local business remain
and you are purchasing a unique, original and better quality
It's good for the economy, the community and you.
|MICKEY HUGUET |
|It helps support the city |
Typically buying local provides for a more familiar shopping experience.