Shop Local First in El Dorado County
Why Buy Local?
- BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at
independent businesses and the public spaces around them nurture relationships,
community cohesiveness, and smiles. They’re the ultimate social networking
- ENHANCE CHOICES! A
wide variety of independent businesses, each serving their customers’ tastes,
creates greater overall choice for all of us.
- STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent
businesses returns 3 times more money (source 2) to your local economy than one
spent at a chain (hundreds of times more than buying from an online
mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on
- MORE JOBS AND OPPORTUNITIES! Not only do independent businesses employ
more people directly per dollar of revenue, they also are the customers of
local printers, accountants, wholesalers, farms, attorneys, etc., expanding
opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
- GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY! Small businesses donate more than twice as
much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, and teams compared to big box stores.
THERE’S MORE THAN JUST WHAT’S IN-STORE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
- Lessons for cooking, brewing, dance, pet
training, computer skills, fitness, foreign language, musical
instrument, outdoor skills, first aid, massage, photography, video
production, writing, pottery, knitting, painting and other arts.
- Local wines and baked goods.
- Gift certificate to a local independent restaurant, pub, winery or cafe (bonus points if it supports local farmers, ranchers, brewers or wineries!)
- Tickets to a local theater, concert, sports event.
- Donating in recipient’s name to one of their favorite non-profits.
- An online subscription to recipient’s favorite local newspaper or local magazine.
- Credit for a class at a community college or community center recreation program, yoga studio.
- Gift certificate for massage, hair styling, housecleaning, landscaping or other personal services.
- Child care for a play day/night.
- A close-to-home getaway at a special B&B or inn.
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