Christmas season is upon us and that means a lot of shopping is happening everywhere we look. Given that our family at Wildt Leather is a small business, we like to encourage everyone to consider shopping small, not just the holiday season, but all year long. When you shop local you’re giving back to your community while buying your Christmas gifts for your loved ones.
Here are a few of our favorite reasons why it’s important to shop small.
1. Small businesses give back to the community
When you support a local business with your purchases this holiday season, you’re also supporting your town, city, and neighborhood. Businesses pay sales taxes to their respective city and county the business is located in. Plus, that tax money is used to support public schools, parks, roads, and sidewalks, as well as fund public service workers, like firefighters.
2. Small businesses make a major economic impact
According to research, since 1990, big businesses eliminated 4 million jobs, while small businesses added a whopping 8 million jobs. The more you shop at a local store, the more potential job opportunities you could help them provide.
3. Small businesses provide better customer service
Customer service is everything to us here at Wildt Leather. As small business owners, we strive to not just survive but compete with the big box businesses out there. We believe that one of the biggest advantages we have over larger retailers is the ability to provide more personable, hands-on, and memorable customer service with each and every one of our customers that choose to shop Wildt Leather.
5. Small businesses create a sense of community
According to a study conducted by Trulia, the second most popular desire amongst shoppers is a stronger sense of community. By shopping small, you get to know your retailers and they get to know you. We like to call that a win-win.
6. Shopping small leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy.
No if’s, and’s, or but’s about it--We believe that shopping small makes everyone feel better about gift-giving around the holidays.
Shop small and make a big impact this Christmas by shopping with your local quality leather-maker at Wildt Leather in Benton! We’ll see you around the shop soon!