Ten reasons to “Shop Hyperlocal” and buy in Edmonds for the holidays

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    Thanks to Edmonds Realtor Wayne Purser for featuring our “Shop Hyperlocal for the Holidays” campaign on 365 Things to Do in Edmonds.

    In addition to showcasing some of the great gifts we found in Edmonds, Purser included his “Top 10” reasons for shopping locally:

    1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity
    Edmonds is unlike any other city in the world. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Edmonds diversity and distinctive flavor.

    2. Community Well-Being
    Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.

    3. Local Decision Making
    Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

    4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
    Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.

    5. Job and Wages
    Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

    6. Entrepreneurship
    Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

    7. Public Benefits and Costs
    Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

    8. Environmental Sustainability
    Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

    9. Competition
    A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

    10. Product Diversity
    A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

    1 COMMENT

    1. Thank you Teresa and Wayne, for focusing on exactly what we should be focusing on at this time of the year – responsible consumption.

      It’s an economic version of the Golden Rule: buy from others if you want them to buy from you. If we keep our dollars local, we ALL benefit.

      Wish we had more “Made in USA” products to choose from – same concept, bigger arena.

      Keep spreading the word!

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