BY DANIKA LAVOIE-ROCHETTE
The holiday season is upon us and along with it comes a difficult decision: what to get for the loved ones in your life? We may be tempted to go the convenient route of making online purchases or buying from big box stores, but shopping local is beneficial in more ways than one.
Supporting your small businesses within your community will help the local economy grow and offers the opportunity to find one-of-a-kind treasures made here at home.
Embarking on a local shopping trip reduces our carbon footprint during this busy season and can save you from the dangers of travelling on snow-covered highways. Often, these regional businesses tend to acquire their resources from other local retailers. This creates a continuous cycle of investing within our communities and growing our local economy.
Another advantage is the opportunity to make genuine connections with our business owners which may encourage them to support local organizations and charities.
Ultimately, this also helps strengthen our communal ties. The best part about shopping within our own neighbourhoods ensures that you will find unique gifts for your loved ones, rather than items that are mass-produced and found in a variety of stores across the world.
As we buy from our friends and neighbours, we experience a more personalized service than that of their big chain counterparts. Help our communities grow this holiday season by shopping local.