We’re often told to shop local, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? While there are so many benefits to shopping local, from cost to quality, here are a few of our top reasons to shop local.
Discover new products
You never know what goodies you’ll find when shopping locally. A lot of products are local to specific communities. They are high-quality, unique, and often not available in major chain stores.
Many locally-made products are also one-of-a-kind. Some products are completely unique that you’ll never find anywhere else. (In fact, your item might be the only one that exists at all). Other products are handmade or made from recipes that are passed down through generations of families.
Enjoy a more personal shopping experience
Local businesses are often family-run and want to make sure you have the best possible shopping experience. When shopping locally, you’re often shopping directly from the maker themselves!
Not only will they have the best expertise on the product, but they will make the experience unique to you. You might even build a personal connection with the owner.
You simply don’t get to enjoy that type of community when shopping online or in a big box store.
Use local products and ingredients
Many small businesses use natural and local ingredients or lean on other local suppliers to make their own products. For example, Chad’s Raspberry Kitchen uses berries that they’ve grown themselves locally in Bear Lake as well as from other family owned farms.
By shopping local, you’ll benefit from completely local products and you’re likely supporting several businesses at the same time.
Support the local economy
Local businesses keep small economies alive. Unlike chain stores or even shops in major cities, small businesses are how many owners are able to invest and spend in their own neighborhoods.
Shopping local means you’re investing in a local economy. The more individuals that shop local, the bigger the local businesses can get – eventually leading to more jobs and growth.
Shop local Bear Lake with Chad’s Raspberry Kitchen
A family business for over 20 years, you’ll find a whole host of unique local raspberry products at Chad’s Raspberry Kitchen. As the only raspberry company with headquarters at Bear Lake, you can feel confident that you’re supporting a family-run local business.