WOF Dunedin City – With the challenges of Covid-19 coming to an end we are moving to better levels, and a movement has begun. It is a movement that takes consumers back to their local businesses and retailers and introduces them to the people doing business in their very own cities. These are local farmers, craftsmen, antiques dealers, and other product providers, with items made locally and sold on a small scale.

When consumers support their local business owners, they enjoy benefits they can’t possibly get from shopping at national chains. Here are some top reasons to support your local entrepreneurs.

1. Make it an experience.

We would often rush into a shopping mall simply because we don’t have time and rush out of there without noticing any other shops. With the pace of life that slowed down, why not change the way you shop? Make it an experience! Take your time, slow down and linger a bit. Why not visit those shops you never have time for? You will be pleasantly surprised!

2. Improve the local economy.

When a consumer buys local, significantly more of that money stays in the community. In fact, one study found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $68 remained in the city while only $43 of each $100 spent at a chain retailer.

Local business owners often have incentive to support other local businesses, patronizing local establishments for both business and personal reasons. Chain businesses, on the other hand, tend to get their supplies from corporate, as well as having store managers and employees that aren’t as personally invested in buying local.

3. Know the people behind the product.

When you personally know the people behind the business where you’re buying local products and services, you enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have. Along with the rest of the community, you celebrate when a favorite local business succeeds, and you mourn when it’s forced to shut its doors.

4. Keep your community unique.

Local businesses give a community its flavor. Towns across New Zealand have similar chain restaurants, grocery and department stores but that diner down the street where you have a brekkie every Saturday morning is one-of-a-kind. The combined presence of your town’s many local businesses makes it different from every other city in the world. By supporting those businesses, you ensure that uniqueness is preserved as a part of your community.

5. More personalized service.

Having the owner nearby also means that the owner personally knows his customers. They know the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor services to make your experience even better. A local gardening shop owner may learn about a new product on the market that can help you with a pest control problem you mentioned on one of your visits, for instance, and can order that product as part of his selections.

6. We are open!

Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. When you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live. This is in addition to the health benefits and access to unique products. We are open. Call us or visit us today!