For every $100 spent in a locally owned independent business, $68 is returned back into your local community in the form of wages, local taxes and donations. When $100 is spent with a national chain business, only $43 is returned back into your local community. NOTHING is returned back to your community when you shop online. When you shop locally, you help create jobs locally. Shopping local helps to nurture your community. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes more than twice the rate of chain stores. Locally owned businesses carry a wider variety of unique products to cater to the needs and wants of the local community. When you buy from a local business, you help to conserve energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation and less packaging. Let's Love Where We Live! Shop Local!