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6 Big Reasons Why You Should Shop Small Every Day

1. Small businesses give back (more) to your community

When you support a local business, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Business pay sales taxes to the city and county the business is located in. Stray to a big box business elsewhere and that money isn’t benefiting your community at all. Plus, that tax money is used to support public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as fund public service workers, like firefighters.

What’s more, according to Civic Economics, “on average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.”

2. Small businesses make a major economic impact 

As mentioned above, more than half of the U.S.’s jobs since 1995 were created by small businesses. And according to the SBA, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added 8 million jobs. The more you shop at a local store, the more potential job opportunities you could help them provide.

3. Small businesses provide better customer service 

Small business owners strive to survive and one of the biggest advantages they have over large retailers is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service.

4. Small businesses provide greater access to product diversity  

Small businesses have just as much access to vendors (who also determine pricing, not stores) that big box businesses do. If a small business doesn’t have the products you want or need, ask them – they’re also usually much more receptive and willing to order them for you.

5. Small businesses create a sense of community 

You’re much more likely to get to know a small business owner in your neighborhood. According to a study conducted by Trulia and noted in Forbes, the second most popular desire amongst urbanites is a stronger sense of community – number one being more local restaurants.

6. You’re going to feel good

Check out all the local businesses you can save with!

The A Team @ Keller Williams 
Free home warranty when you buy or sell your home using The A Team 
133 W. Washington St. 

Abolitionist Ale Works 
CT Now Happy Hour - $1 off all menu items, Mon-Thurs, 3-6pm   
129 W. Washington St. 

Allstate Insurance 
$10 gift card for all referrals 
130 Augustine Ave. 

American Legion Post 71 
10% off regular kitchen menu items for  members and non-members at Open to Public Events (excluding alcohol) 
225 W. Washington St. 

Art Deco Dekor 
10% off purchase 
114 E. Liberty St. 

10% off home decor items, cannot be combined with other offers. (Does not include apparel, accessories, gifts, Annie Sloan® products, furniture, or lighting)
114 W. Washington St.

Bushel & Peck 
5% discount on store purchases 
100 W. Washington St. 

Dandridge Realty 
Free home inspections for buyer or seller 113 W. Washington St. 

Effleurage Spa 
10% off regularly priced merchandise or any service 
303 W. Washington St. 

​Elle's Niche 
10% off (excludes gift certificates and  clearance items.  Cannot be combined with other discounts)  
114 E. Liberty St. 

Feagans Jewelers 
10% off purchase 
230 W. Washington St. 

4 State Real Estate 
$500 toward home warranty or appraisal when you purchase or sell your house 201 N. George St. 

The Fun Shack 
$1 off when you come in during the week.  $10 off a birthday party of $100 or more 130 Augustine Ave. 

Fuzzy Dog Books & Music 
10% off used items  
111 N. Charles St. 

Grandma's Diner 
10% off  
227 W. Washington St. 

The Hobbies Shop 
BOGO Puzzles (buy 1 regular price, 2nd puzzle of equal or lesser value is 50% off- cannot be combined with other offers) 226 W. Washington St. 

Inkwell’s Tavern 
10% off (excluding alcohol- cannot be  combined with other coupons or offers) 205 W. Washington St. 

Jefferson County Museum 
25% off entrance fee  
200 E. Washington St. 

Mad Monks Coffee Shop 
5% discount  
109 W. Washington St. 

Needful Things, Needful Things II

15% off furniture and clothing (cannot be combined with other offers)  
218 W. Washington St. 

Ortega's Taco Shop 
5% discount   
100 W. Washington St. 

Paddy's Pub 
10% off (excluding alcohol) 
210 W. Liberty St. 

Sokel Makeup & Skincare 
$5 off first facial 
123 N. Charles St. 

Studio M Salon and Boutique 
$5 off custom spray tan  
231 W. Washington St. 

Summitra Thai Cuisine 
10% off (excluding alcohol)  
213 W. Washington St. 

TeeDawg’s BBQ 
10% off (excluding alcohol) 
307 W. Washington St. 

Wooden Shoe Antiques and Lighting

15% off (excludes new and ordered parts) 222 W. Washington St.