Shop local stay local
Shopping local is important to every community and Great Bend is no different and with local stores closing, it is important to remember why shopping local can make the difference between a great shopping experience to a store shutting its doors.
“Great Bend has really great stores that offer a great shopping experience,” Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. “So shopping local is very important for our community. When you shop local you stay local and this is what supports our way of life in our town.”
Shopping local means more than just keeping the money in town, it also creates a personal shopping experience for everyone and it also provides a uniqueness in Great Bend that is different from other towns.
“I really enjoy the personal experience you get when you shop local in Great Bend,” Hayes said. “You’re not treated like just another customer you’re treated like family. This is what makes our stores great and fun to shop at.”
According to www.entrepreneur.com and Hayes, here are some of the benefits of shopping local:
• Improve your family’s health.
Buying local foods has numerous health benefits to your family. When People buy from local farmers, they have access to fruits and vegetables that you know are chemical free, as well as grass-fed meats, fresh eggs, and dairy from cows that feast on local green grass each day. There are also benefits to eating raw local honeys, which are thought to help battle allergies.
• Improve the local economy.
When a consumer buys local, significantly more of that money stays in the community which in turns supports many different activities for people.
• Know the people behind the product.
When you personally know the people behind the business where you’re buying local products and services, you enjoy a connection you would not otherwise have. Along with the rest of the community, you celebrate when a favorite local business succeeds and you mourn when it’s forced to shut its doors.
• Keep your community unique.
Local businesses give a community its flavor. Towns across America have similar chain restaurants, grocery and department stores but that diner down the street where you have breakfast every Saturday morning is one-of-a-kind. The combined presence of your town’s many local businesses makes it different from every other city in the world. By supporting those businesses instead of chains, you ensure that uniqueness is preserved as a part of your community.
• Better customer service.
If you’ve ever dealt with a large corporation, you know getting help can be a nightmare. You’ll call a 1-800 number, only to be transferred seven times and put on hold. Even when you speak to a customer service representative, that person is so far removed from the decision-making process, there’s little concern that the company will lose you as a customer.
When you shop local, the business owner is usually directly connected to every employee in the store. That leads to a personal approach that often means any problem you have is taken seriously.
• More personalized service.
Having the owner nearby also means that owner personally knows his customers. He knows the products you buy or the services you request on a regular basis and can tailor services to make your experience even better. A local gardening shop owner may learn about a new product on the market that can help you with a pest control problem you mentioned on one of your visits, for instance, and can order that product as part of his selections.
Buying local has benefits beyond mere convenience. When you support local business owners, you get a better level of service, as well as helping make your community a better place to live. This is in addition to the health benefits and access to unique products that you usually can’t find with chain locations.