I wish there was a way to help everyone understand – without being preachy - how important it is to try and shop local. Here’s my attempt.
Let’s break this down.
You may have the assumption that shopping local is more expensive, but is this always true? Let me bore you with a some fact and numbers:
$3.80 in taxes (7.6%) back into our community
$25 in retailer profit that goes into paying local employees and paying local bills including utilities, marketing, printing, supplies, etc.( local companies)
Let’s face it – getting out of town is sometimes a much-needed treat. I get it, I really do! I actually fall into this category the most. I love going to downtown Spokane and walking around River Park Square. I love me some Target … I could easily spend hours there. But here’s the thing. I REALLY love Newport and our community, and it’s for this reason that I’ve made it my motto to “Shop Local First!” That doesn’t mean I won’t ever venture out to the big stores in the big towns,but I’m just simply going to look here first. If we have it here, I will make every effort to get it here! I will Shop Local First! Give your local retailers a chance to WOW you! You may be surprised by all our town has to offer.
- Grab your friend or love and do a shop local day. Go out to lunch, go to your favorite stores and go to ones you have never stepped into. Enjoy the shopping experience.
Check out the 3/50 project for another awesome way you can invest in the town you love.
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