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ECONOMY: Support local, independent businesses

Letter by Judi Brown, Parkland on Nov. 1, 2011 at 10:24 am with 7 Comments »
November 1, 2011 12:25 pm

Re: “This Christmas season, keep the community in mind” (reader columnist, 10-31).

As a small, independent business owner I applaud Kyle Price for his column. I hope many who read it will take a look around the community and seek out small, independent shops for at least some of their holiday shopping.

Need help finding independently owned, local businesses? For a start, look at the list of Washington state supporters on The350Project.net. You’ll see my business listed, and you’ll also see dozens and dozens of others in our area. Take a little time to read about the 3/50 Project.

The numbers speak for themselves. If just half the employed population in this country spent $50 per month at independently owned, local businesses, the result would be $42.6 billion in revenue, with 68 percent of that money staying in the local community.

Think about the stores already forced out of business, then think about those that still remain. Drop by those merchants, browse through their inventory, experience the local difference and tell your family and friends.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Some Mom and Pop stores need experience in running their business. They get caught up in the fallacy that when sales stumble, they have to raise prices to make it up….nothing could be farther than the truth. Get a good tax lawyer and learn to effectively run your shop.

  2. BlaineCGarver says:

    Also, any shop not on the internet is on a short list not to do well.

  3. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Why should we shop at your business? Are your products better? Cheaper? Better service?

    You are asking for charity. While TNT gave you some free ad space with this letter, your sales pitch needs some work.

  4. daggercat says:

    Dang it concerned! Have you had a Safeway donut and then one from a mom and pop business? The difference between flour and water that is hard as a rock the next day, and a quality product the has “donut” ingredients in it? We support these businesses, and pay a little more for their products, because they ARE better. And you can find items at some of these stores that you can’t find other places. Food items are usually fresher and other items might be made from people in our own community. And, yes, most of the shop owners provide friendlier, more helpful service. Of course you have to be a smart shopper. Not all businesses deserve our support, but stop being such a cheap sheep.

  5. concernedtacoma7 says:

    The best donuts are from D&D. What was your point?

    The letter writer was asking for charity, not marketing a product or service. Pathetic. TNT just got used for a free and weak ad.

  6. itwasntmethistime says:

    The best donuts are from the Donut Shop in Lakewood. No contest.

    FYI — If you call the customer service number for The News Tribune to inquire about your bill you will find yourself speaking to someone in India.

  7. daggercat says:

    My point was to take the time to spend at least some of your money on locally owned, independent stores. Sorry they don’t have a lot of money for add space, but you do what you can to get attention. Some times a single store does better than a chain store, and you help someone in your own community by supporting them. By the way, the best donuts are at Happy Donuts in Puyallup!

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