Most of us agree that our local shops provide an important sense of community, not only for the personal service you receive from a retailer who knows your name and remembers your regular orders, but also the valuable investment in the local community that many small retailers make . . .
– into schools and sporting clubs, local charities and business associations that improve the public amenities and services for all. But the allure of the big chains and mega-malls, with their long opening hours, one-stop-shop product ranges and convenient parking, wins more of our shopping dollar than perhaps it should.
Over the past few years, there have been several campaigns to encourage us to give our business to the local guys, perhaps the most notable being Shop Small supported by American Express. In November 2014, the campaign had a very high profile and successfully encouraged us to shop locally. From Gourmet Larder and Magic Pudding Homewares in Victoria’s Daylesford, to Huskisson Pharmacy and its neighbour, Beyond the Beach Surf on the NSW South Coast, the Shop Small campaign listed thousands of local businesses all over Australia.
All year round, local businesses are offering unique, tailored products and experiences that cater to your neighbourhood. They deserve our consideration and support. Besides your local butcher, baker and greengrocer, here are a few of our favourite local business alternatives.
The Newsagent: not just for instant scratch-its and magazines!
The Deli: sample a sliver of cheese or a cold cut before you make your purchase.
Homewares: a mix of local and imported products curated to match the lifestyle in your community.
Garden Centre: ideal place to buy plants that suit your climate.
Fish n Chips: you can’t beat the local catch.
Who is your favourite local retailer?
by Samantha Tannous
Category: Local Merchants, Shopping Editorial