At Progressions, we are huge supporters of buying locally during any time of the year, but particularly during the holidays when everyone’s spending habits are picking up. Where you choose to spend your money can have an amazing impact on your community!
We advocate supporting small, local businesses as a way not only to keep your holiday purchases high quality and unique, but to keep your money working for the community at the same time. Here are our 8 biggest reasons to do your holiday shopping in small, independent businesses.
-1- Supporting locally owned businesses means reducing the environmental impact of the holidays. Local purchases require less transportation and development needs from outside the community.
-2- Buying locally means creating jobs close to home. Nationally, local businesses tend to provide the most jobs to residents of their cities and towns.
-3- Local businesses take more time to get to know their customers — these are not only their customers but their neighbors, friends and fellow community members. This assures better service and a more personal experience.
-4- Local businesses are owned by people who live in that community. They are less likely to pull stakes and leave if the going gets tough. They are more fully invested in the community’s economy and its future.
-5- Local businesses require less infrastructure support than nationally owned stores. The investment makes more efficient use of public services.
-6- When you buy locally, you buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy. A marketplace with many small businesses is the best way to ensure long term innovation and low prices.
-7- Entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character and settle there.
-8- When you buy locally, you buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy. A marketplace with many small businesses is the best way to ensure long term innovation and low prices.
Progressions wants to support you in strengthening our local economic base. Our frequent trunk shows give our guests the opportunity to buy beautiful hand-designed products from local artisans and businesses, and our retail store is bursting with one-of-a-kind artisanal items you won’t find anywhere else.