Small, locally owned businesses like boutiques, restaurants, gift shops, salons, spas, and coffee shops serve as the backbone for a thriving community.
Starkville is fortunate to have a wonderful variety of locally owned brick-and-mortar businesses that provide an important presence throughout our town.
Why should you buy local goods and services? You can do a lot of good just by shopping in Starkville. Buying local supports schools, creates jobs, builds a stronger local economy, and so much more.
We at the Partnership have come up with ten reasons why you should shop local:
#1 Buying local allows you to support your friends and neighbors.
Shopping local allows you to support your friends and neighbors like our growers and artisans who make up the Starkville Community Market. Not only is the Market a great place to find locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, but it is also a great excuse to get outside and start your day.
#2 Buying local is quick and easy!
With such a wide variety of locally owned businesses in town, you can find just what you need just down the street. When you need something fast or just want to browse, you’ll find it all in one of Starkville’s local businesses.
It’s just a quick drive to get to these local these local restaurants and shops – saving you gas and money.
#3 Buying local creates jobs in our community
Buying local certainly helps our small college town with our economy by creating jobs for our community. Local businesses bring about meaningful jobs and provide a necessary outlet for our hometown entrepreneurs who want to bring their unique offerings to the public.
Economic innovation is an important part of a successful community, and to have that, we must support local business owners who provide their diverse, one-of-a-kind offerings to the public.
#4 Buying local helps to foster and to maintain strong ties within our community!
Events like unWINE Downtown, where shops stay open late and offer discounts, provide fun experiences for our citizens as well as our businesses. These events also create a strong sense of community pride.
#5 Buying local supports economic growth.
Buying local helps others feel confident when considering locations for opening new businesses. It is simple: the more local businesses we support, the more new businesses and startups will want to open here in our community.
#6 Buying local allows you to experience excellent customer service.
Local businesses in Starkville employ attentive, helpful staff who focus on providing the best possible customer service available.
By shopping local, you are assisting local business owners to be able to hire and retain employees, many of whom are your friends and neighbors.
#7 Buying local is an investment in our community.
Buying local supports the business owners who are raising their families in our town and investing in its future.
They support the local sports teams, they donate to nonprofits, and they join boards and committees. They are dedicated to improving the community.
These small business owners are supporting our schools, our churches, our town, and our way of life.
#8 Buying local helps the future generation.
After all, big corporations aren’t going to sponsor your kids’ little league team, so “batter up” and shop local.
#9 Buying local keeps Starkville unique.
When you buy local, you are supporting a diversity of unique local businesses – whether it’s a local eatery serving unique cuisines, a shop offering locally made soaps and bath products, or a store where you can go and make your own art.
By buying local you can ensure that Starkville includes unique experiences, unique flavors, and unique styles.
#10 Buying local reinvests tax dollars into our community.
Buying local, most importantly, allows our sales tax revenues to be reinvested where they belong: in the community. Up to 40 cents of every dollar spent in Starkville, stays here.
By committing to shopping local, residents are committing to creating a stronger tax base that will help us to better our schools, better our roads, better our parks, and better our healthcare system.
The bottom line is that shopping local keeps it local, so get out there and support your local friends and neighbors. There truly is no place like home.