Graduation is just around the corner, and this time of year marks a new era for many people. Do you know someone special who’s graduating this year? When you pick out gifts for your seniors, make sure to shop local at one of our small businesses.
Shopping at local businesses at any time of year benefits your county, town, and community. Every time you make a purchase, you must pay a sales tax, and sales taxes are important to a town’s well-being. They make up a big part of a city and county’s budget, and that budget funds the police and fire department as well as other government duties. When people do not shop locally, the local police and fire department are directly affected.
Shopping locally generally yields lots more benefits to the local area in the way of funds back to the community than if we shop on Amazon. This big difference has real consequences. In order to keep our local economies alive, it is important to check if local shops have what you want before shopping online. Also, due to businesses reinvesting into the local area through payroll, purchase of services, etc., three times the money goes back to the community when you shop at a small business instead of a chain franchise. All in all, so much more money is reinvested into the community when you shop local.
Graduation is a great place to start when it comes to shopping local, and you can continue your great shopping habits during this eventful Memorial Day weekend! Save big during the Once ‘n Again Clearance Sale this Friday, May 24th. Spend a great day out with friends during the FALS Memorial Day Weekend Roundup on Saturday, May 25th.
“It’s so encouraging to see people shopping local and going to community events,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops. “It helps us to know that Fairbury is going to keep thriving for a long time!”
If you have a story, an idea, or a suggestion, share them with us by calling (815) 692-4500 or emailing fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com. You can also contact us by visiting Bobbi McKeon at Heart’s Desire on Route 24 in Fairbury.