There are so many options for shopping from online to big box to small businesses and each has their pros and cons, but I want to focus on small businesses. Why should you choose to shop local and support small business?

First and foremost, Small Businesses are great for the local economy. Ferndale has many unique businesses that are an integral part of the community. Did you know that every dollar spent generates twice as much income for the local economy? We have a personal interest in keeping our community vibrant and many of us invest in our community from raising money for local charities, hiring local, and buying from local vendors.  All the unique businesses in Ferndale are what makes our small town fashionable. It’s what gives us our bragging rights. It’s what puts us on the map. It’s what makes our city a home.

Second, small businesses care. You will undoubtedly receive excellent customer service.  Youmay even be dealing directly with the owner.  I know I wouldn’t be here without your support. It’s important to me that you have a wonderful experience while your in my shop. You’re not just a number to me, your a person. Did you know every time you buy from a small business a real person does a happy dance? It’s true!

Third, shopping local creates more choice. Buy what you want, not what someone tells you to buy. The problem with big box stores is there is a whole lot of nothing. They select products to sell that are most common. Small businesses pick products they sell based on what they know you like and want. At 3Winks Gift Shop in Ferndale, we have unique products because I buy for my market, as does all small businesses.

There are many reasons to shop local and to support small businesses. I’ve just name what I believe are the top 3 reasons. I know you cannot do all of your shopping with small businesses, but you should support them when you can.  I cannot stress enough how important it is. Every time you spend your money, you cast your vote for the kind of city you want. Do you want a city with unique businesses, restaurants, health and wellness businesses  or do you want boring unoriginal businesses? The choice is yours.