Question and answer section
San Francisco is fortunate to have a vibrant community of locally owned retailers. Every category of big box stores has an independent counterpart specializing in books, fashion, hardware, shoes: you name it, and there is a small, locally owned retailer. Besides giving our neighborhoods their unique character and charm, local neighborhood businesses also help support our community. We are extremely lucky to have so many shopping districts, each with its own flair.
When you shop locally you:
Keep dollars in the community: Spending your money at a local business reinvests that money back into your community. A study by the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchant Alliance (SFLOMA) shows that for every $100 you spend at a locally owned business, $68 will stay in the community. Spend that same $100 at a chain store with their corporate office out of state and only $43 stays in the community.
Embrace what makes us unique: A chain store in San Francisco is the same store in Dallas or Denver. Independent retailers are unique in their product offerings and don’t follow a cookie cutter approach.
Create local jobs: Local businesses employ local talent – your neighbors and friends. By supporting the local businesses in your neighborhood, you assure that jobs stay here in our community.
Help the environment: Keep the car parked and walk to your local business district. You’ll save gas and lower your carbon footprint. Not to mention, the traffic and lines that you won’t have to deal with!
Nurture community: Local businesses tend to donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chain stores. Who cares more about your community than the local residents who live and work right here?
Create more choice: Locally owned businesses listen to their clientele and offer goods and services that their customers want them to stock. You’ll find a more unique product assortment than in a chain store where products offered are dictated by a corporate office, which is located more often than not out of state.
Conserve tax dollars: Shopping at a retailer outside of the City gives your tax dollars to that city. When tax dollars are spent in our community, they stay here to be reinvested back into our community on infrastructure and beautification.
Take advantage of expertise: An independent retailer is most likely an expert in whatever service or goods they are providing for you. Local retailers specialize in what they are offering and are more than happy to share that knowledge.
Invest in entrepreneurship: The American economy is founded upon creativity and entrepreneurship. Supporting your local businesses ensures a strong community. An empty storefront is a blight on a business district that no one wants to see or wants to be a part of their neighborhood.
Make your local business district a destination: Everyone in the community benefits by a vibrant business district. How convenient is it if you can walk to do your shopping, pick up your dry cleaning, grab a cup of coffee, and have lunch—all without having to get into your car? And a vibrant shopping district is more likely to attract visitors from outside the community.
Stay in the loop!
Sign up to receive our emails!