517 Magazine asked local small-business owners why they felt it was important to shop and support local business.
Rhea Van Atta
Owner, Old Town General Store
Over the years, I have added many Michigan-based products to encompass a whole array of great products to complete our selection. We all know that shopping local keeps the local economy vibrant. Shopping at Old Town General Store not only supports one store, you are supporting many Lansing and Michigan businesses. I love shopping at Soulful Earth Herbals, Monticello’s Market, Jerusalem Bakery, Van Atta’s Greenhouse, Polka Dots Boutique and Vet’s Ace Hardware.
Owner and CEO
Sales and Marketing, Kymora Kandles
Small businesses are an essential part of our communities. Many form partnerships with one another, as well as contribute back to our small towns, schools, groups and communities.
Currently, we partner with more than 75 small businesses here in Michigan. Whether you are visiting Oh Mi Organics here in downtown St. Johns for your favorite organic locally made chocolates or visit Michigan Barn Wood & Salvage in Mason, there are so many wonderful companies that strive to give you quality local-made products and give back to their communities in so many ways.
Many are small family-owned businesses, so let’s all do our part to support one another.
Ashlee R. Willis
Founder and CEO, Michigan Premier Events
It is important to shop and support locally for the holiday season because supporting locally stimulates economic growth in your community. Spending on small businesses keeps them in business, especially during the holidays. It also encourages you to learn more about your community and your local merchants. Shopping locally allows you to find unique and unusual gifts that are made locally from local artists, etc. who small businesses are supporting that your family and friends would enjoy.