Shop Local. The Economy Will Thank You.
Every $100 spent at local businesses generates nearly 70% more local economic activity per square foot than big box retailers. Think about that. That’s a huge impact on local economies. To us bloggers, supporting local businesses is so easy in a city like St. Louis because there are so many novel places.
TJ, Joel and I have compiled a few tips to help you start supporting local businesses. Enjoy!
- Instead of fast food, stop at a local spot. It’s your lunch break. You didn’t brown bag it and need something before the whole office hears your grumbling tummy. You grab your keys and head out without giving much thought about what you’re going to eat. We face this predicament a lot at our main office in Soulard. Yes, Subway is an option, but instead, TJ heads to Blues City Deli, Joel to Gus’s Pretzels, and I’m out the door to 9th Street Deli. Little swaps like this make it easier to generate local economic activity. Small choices, like choosing a locally-owned lunch spot, make a big impact.
- Once a month, shop at a farmer’s market instead of a grocery chain. Us bloggers would like to admit something: We hate grocery shopping. Farmer’s markets make it more exciting. There’s just something about being outside and shopping fresh produce, artisanal soaps, and other various local creations with those in your community that makes grocery shopping a better experience. From Soulard to Kirkwood to Creve Coeur and more, there’s one near you. Not from the St. Louis area? Simply search online for farmer’s markets in your area.
- Tell your friends. Some of the best restaurant experiences are to be had at locally-owned places. (Yes, I could be the spokester for Mission Taco; Joel and TJ could moonlight for Bogarts!) When you have a great dining experience at a local spot, share it with your friends! Make your next meet-up at a local shop. Share a photo on social media. Give recommendations to your friends asking for somewhere to go. Word of mouth is a powerful thing.
- Move your money to a credit union. This is more than just our shameless plug. Credit unions do wonders for local economies. Whether it’s providing financial services to the underserved, providing college scholarships for local high school students, or saving consumers money through low fees and interest rates, credit unions make your money matter.
How do you “C.U.” supporting local businesses in the near future? Tell us below!