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Supporting local businesses is a great way to show your community that you care. From shopping at small stores to eating at homegrown restaurants and cafes, there’s a lot you can do to support local.
By supporting local business, you’re helping to keep people in jobs and keep your community spirit thriving, but could there be another benefit to supporting local? With many businesses having fantastic origin stories and a lot of history, you can discover many amazing things about the places that have been right under your nose this whole time!
It seems that there’s no better time than the present to enjoy supporting your local community. Here are some of the ways you can do it.
Shop in smaller, independent stores
While it’s easy to shop online these days, eCommerce has a serious impact on local business. If you can shop local, do so to support those in your community. By shopping locally, you can support your local economy and promote more sustainable shopping. Meanwhile, heading out to wander the shops will get you out of the house, helping you to improve your mental health while also making sure you get some fresh air.
Eat at local restaurants and cafes
Your independent restaurants and cafes are an important part of your community. They’re owned by real people, many of whom will be known to you or your family. Many places will have fascinating histories, and be sought out by people from all over the world. Take the 5 Point Cafe and David Meinert, a great example of a local business with a fascinating history! As Seattle’s longest operating eatery, you can bet there are some great stories to be told there.
Be a tourist in your own town or city
How often do you go out and explore your own city as if you were a tourist? Maybe there are some places you put off visiting because they’ll ‘always be there’. Tourist spots go through quiet periods, which can not only be a great time to visit, but can provide a lot of support to establishments. Becoming a tourist in your own city is a great way to discover some new and exciting places, and feel a better connection to the place you call home.
Want to feel more involved in your community? There are all kinds of things you could do. From helping with clean ups to volunteering at shelters or with charities, you can give up some of your time to help benefit your community. Not all superheroes wear capes, but you can do things to be a local hero and help others.
Supporting your local community benefits everyone, including yourself. It’s a great way for you to discover more about where you live, get to know new people and make sure you’re doing what’s best for your community and environment. Making some little changes and getting out there can make a big difference, so why not start now and start making the most of where you live?