Why Local?

Because our community matters! 

Here are nine more:

Keep Money in Saint Petersburg!

Significantly more money re-circulates locally when purchases are made with locally-owned, independent businesses. This “multiplier” is due in part to locally-owned businesses purchasing more often from other local businesses and service providers; which helps grow other businesses, as well as strengthen Saint Petersburg’s economy.

Keep Saint Petersburg Awesome!

Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of Saint Petersburg’s unique character.

Create More Jobs!

Small local businesses are collectively the largest employer nationally and, therefore, provide the most jobs to residents in communities.

Keep Saint Petersburg Green!

Buying local means less packaging, less transportation and a smaller carbon footprint.

Invest In Our Community!

Locally-owned, independent businesses are the first to donate to causes that are close to our hearts and they do so at more than twice the rate of national chains. Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, raise families here and make Saint Petersburg a place where our children can stay to build their dreams. They’re invested in our community’s future.

Create More Choice!

More independently-operated businesses mean more choice and diversity. Local business owners select products based on the needs of their local customers. You’ll usually get better service too, because they have a greater understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know their customers.

Encourage Saint Petersburg’s Prosperity!

Community-serving businesses are a training ground for future generations of entrepreneurs. Also, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and unique character.

Make Saint Petersburg a Destination!

The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we attract tourists, shoppers, and others who want to visit Saint Petersburg. “When people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” (Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust)

They are our family, friends and neighbors!

(Sources for Reasons: AMIBA and Oakland Grown)

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