Shop local in Ligonier this holiday season! You might be thinking, “What does it mean to shop local?” It means a lot more than you might think. Broadly, you are supporting a small business and receiving a handmade or hand-picked gift that is totally unique, but shopping local has a waterfall effect. Keep reading for just some of the amazing reasons to shop local. 

 

Specialty Shops with Niche Treasures

If you’re looking for that perfect, unique gift for those on your shopping list, local shops are a great place to start. Typically, small businesses will be tailored to a more direct and niche audience than a larger retailer that carries a wider variety of goods. There are specialty shops for anything you can imagine with a carefully curated inventory. Small business owners take pride in knowing what their clientele is looking for and select items their shoppers will love. 

Environmentally Friendly

Believe it or not, there are also environmental benefits to shopping local as opposed to supporting a large corporation. When you shop local, less waste in involved! Making a purchase in-store rather than online eliminates the need for shipping. The items are already on display and will be packaged with far less wasteful precautions when bought in-store as opposed to going through the lengthy shipment process.

Genuine Shopping Experience and Personal Connection

Shopping local means that you get an authentic shopping experience. You will have face to face conversations with the maker or curator who can help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The small business owners in our area are passionate about their inventory that they have handpicked or created by hand for their customers. You are their friends and neighbors, you matter to them!

Locally owned businessmen and women have a vested interest in knowing how to best serve you. When you support these businesses, you can be confident that your purchase is of great quality and is far more unique than anything you’ll find at a chain retailer.

When you shop local, you are putting money directly back into your local community. Did you know that for every dollar spent at a local business an average of $0.67 stays in the community? We challenge you to spend $100 at local businesses this holiday season. Will you take on the challenge? Let us know by using the hashtags

#thisisligonier  #ligonierlocalchallenge

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