Monday, November 29, 2010

Shop Local! December 9th 5-8pm

Businesses along Railroad Avenue and Bay Road in Hamilton and Wenham and the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing extend a special welcome to shop locally.  Santa may show up at Henderson's, there will be carolers - including you? - and at least two raffles.  Many shopkeepers will have delicious treats to fortify you as you shop for special presents not available elsewhere. Get details about December events on the Wenham Holiday Calendar

Hamilton-Wenham GREEN has created a map that will be available  soon online, at the library, shops, and in other places in the two towns.  Please use it to plan your shopping for the coming holidays and throughout the year.  Thank you!

Ten very good reasons to shop locally!
1. Local Economic Stimulus.  When you purchase at locally owned businesses rather than from ones that are nationally owned, more money remains in the community because locally-owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. Purchasing locally helps grow other businesses as well as the local tax base.

2. Non Profits Receive Greater Support.  Local business owners donate more to local charities than non-local owners.

3. Unique Businesses Create Character & Prosperity.
The unique character of the community is defined in large part by the businesses that operate there, which is an important factor in residents' overall satisfaction with the community and the value of homes and properties.

4. Environmental Impact Is Reduced. Small local businesses usually set up shop in the village center, which reduces sprawl, habitat loss and pollution.

5. Most New Jobs Are Provided By Local Businesses. Small local businesses are the largest employers nationally.  The more jobs available in the local community the fewer people need have to commute.

6. Customer Service Is Better.
Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise for better customer service than chains.  Owners of local businesses have to be accountable to customers with whom they interact directly.

7. Local Business Owners Invest In Community. Local businesses that are owned by people who live in the community, are less likely to leave, and more invested in the community's welfare and future.

8. Public Benefits Far Outweigh Public Costs. Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure and more efficiently utilize public services than chain stores.

9. Competition and Diversity Leads To More Consumer Choices.
Supporting a marketplace of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and lower prices.

10. You Matter More. The choices customers make influence business owners - we "vote with our wallets."  Our decisions  are more influential on a local business than they are on a 'big box" store.

For all these reasons, we urge you to shop locally.