Last weekend I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to represent wedding photographers at a local art/wine gallery in downtown Noblesville, Indiana, called The Artist's Vineyard. They were hosting a bridal party with local florists, dresses, chocolates, and yours truly! The chocolates came from two wonderful women, Maria & Jennifer, at Cherished Chocolates. Not only did they look good, but they tasted amazing! And of course, how else would you celebrate a bridal party at a wine gallery without tasting a few sips. I think I have found my new favorite place!
Supporting your local businesses benefits your own community. For every $100 a consumer spends, local businesses give back $68 to their local economy; whereas, chain stores only give back $43!
Shopping locally instead of online also pays back. Here are a few stats comparing the average local bookstore in the Midwest to Amazon.com:
Number of Author appearances- Local: 2,000 Amazon: none
Donations to local communities- Local: $50,000 Amazon: none
Sales tax collected to support schools, social services, etc.- Local:$6 million Amazon: none
Number of local people employeed- 1,600 Amazon: none
Find out more at www.civiceconomics.com