Need a few good reasons to shop locally? We’ve got plenty!
Keep money in the community. Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses keep dollars local longer, enriching the whole community. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, nearly half goes back into the community and our tax base. For every $100 spent at a chain store, less than 15% is recirculated.
In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinct character have an economic advantage. If we wanted to live somewhere that looked like everywhere else, we wouldn’t be living in St. John Parish.
Local businesses often hire people who have a better understanding of the products they’re selling, and take more time to get to know customers.