Friday, November 14, 2008

Live Local. Be Local. Buy Local. Wilmington

So, what's the big deal about buying local anyway? It's so much easier to buy online, right?

Here's a quick list of why it matters to buy local. I'm not sure who came up with the list, but we got it from a specialty toy store in Oregon through ASTRA. It's an awesome list, so we wanted to share it. 

When you shop at YoYo Joe's:

1 - You kept dollars in our economy. For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community. 

2 - You embraced what makes us unique - You wouldn't want your house to look like everyone else's in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

3 - You created local jobs - Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors. 

4 - You helped the environment - Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.

5 - You nurtured community - We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. 

6- You conserved your tax dollars - Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance and more money available to beautify our community. 

7 - You created more choice - We pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.

8 - You took advantage of our expertise - You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We're passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

9 - You invested in entrepreneurship - Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community. 

10 - You made us a destination - The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

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