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8 REASONS TO SHOP LOCAL IN DOWNTOWN GALVESTON
Why shop at a locally owned business rather than heading to the “MALL” first this holiday season? The following 8 reasons show how more money spent at local businesses is reinvested in our community and helps our island maintain its unique appeal.
Shopping local creates jobs.
Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local community, they buy their groceries here, they pay their rent here, they pay their taxes here and they volunteer for local charities and schools.
Local independent shops and restaurants invest more in our communities.
Local businesses are proportionately more generous in their support of local charities, schools and community events. Supporting local shops means a financial impact on our community, and the organizations that we care about.
Local shops sell a wide range of
unique and interesting products at affordable prices.
Many people fall out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available. Downtown Galveston has many wonderful boutiques, gift shops, galleries and locally owned restaurants you won’t find anywhere else.
Shopping local saves you money.
Heading over the causeway may sound like fun and out of town malls and outlets have done a good job of convincing us that local business equal expensive, which is not true! If you add travel and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.
Shopping local retains our communities.
No one likes to pay sales tax, but it is a reality. When you shop local part of your sales tax dollars end up here on the island. Shopping in other communities benefits them, not our island, not our neighborhoods.
Shopping local retains our distinctiveness.
Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs. And many of the local shops offer services like free gift wrapping during the holidays, try getting that at a big box store at the mall.
Local shops are for everyone.
Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly and young generations and those without transportation. Easy walk-able downtown Galveston is an interesting place to spend a day. Enjoy our unique architecture, visit the seaport.
Local shops value you more.
Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service. These business owners are your neighbors, your family, your friends.
Steve and I TRULY appreciate your business! Thank you for keeping our doors open for the last 5 years. Thank you for participating in our events and supporting our causes. Thank you for bringing joy, laughter and friendship to our lives! Thank you for keeping Galveston strong and healthy.
Wishing you a very joy-filled and prosperous holiday season.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29th is SMALL BUSINESS DAY!