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StreetscapeThe businesses on this site are, for the most part, Independent Local Businesses. Aside from being locally owned, they stand out by offering more to you, their customer. It may be Free Wi-Fi, a Customer Loyalty Program, or occasional Special Offers, but you do benefit from Dealing Locally.

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Top Ten reasons to Deal Locally

Economic VitalityDeal Locally — Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from a locally owned business, rather of a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms — continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Support community groups: Non-profit organizations get an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral piece of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust

Cut down environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in town or city centres as opposed to developing along the fringe. This in general means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

Create more good jobs: Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a superior understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in town centres require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient usage of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community.

Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best means to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but along their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a lot broader range of product choices.

Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that keep their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.