Shopping small business for the holidays featuring my favorite picks!

This year I'm all about shopping small/local business and ones that give back to the community. In my previous post, I linked some products that my husband and I personally love for you guys to see and I hope you will support too. I promise you will not be disappointed. I myself started shopping and I'm  not quite done yet. Shopping is like a therapy to me when I get stress with all the lemons that life throws at me. So I make them into lemonade and I go shopping! 

There are a lot of small business online or in your local area. I found a lot of them on Instagram like Grace and Lace, Little Chocopink, Little J'adore, etc. Some on Facebook groups I belong to. Let us support one another and build each other. For some owners, this is their only way to pay bills and for some is a supplementary income. Whatever the reason is, supporting local business means continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Here are 10 Reasons why we need to shop local?

1) Buy Local - Support yourself
Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally-owned business, rather than a nationally-owned businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

2) Support Community Groups
Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

3) Keep our Community Unique
Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.  “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust

4) Reduce Environmental Impact
Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation, and generally set up shop in town or city centers as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss, and pollution.

5) Create more good jobs
Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally, and in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.

6) Get Better Service
Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers.

7) Invest In Community
Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

8) Put Your Taxes To Good Use
Local businesses in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally- owned stores entering the community.

9) Buy What You Want, Not What Someone Wants You To Buy
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.  A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

10) Encourage Local Prosperity
A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

And why shop with business that give back to the community?

I think this is self explanatory like the two of my favorites: TOMS and GRACE & LACE.

TOMS mission is to improve lives through their One for One movement. They started with shoes and expanded to the gift of sight (eyewear), clean water, safe birth, and the gift of kindness. Click here http://www.toms.com/what-we-give to learn more about them. 

GRACE & LACE
Grace is very passionate for less fortunate children in India. I will let you read her story and how her passion to donate to an orphanage began here: http://www.graceandlace.com/about-us/

That all being said, here are some of my personal picks! 

 
 

What is favorite local/small business and ones that give back to the community? Leave a comment below and connect with me if you would like to collaborate or just say Hi!

Xo,

Lei B!

PS: I will be styling my picks on my next posts so stay tuned!