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Local is an initiative sponsored by the Lindenhurst-Lake Villa Chamber of Commerce to shift a small percentage of your holiday shopping dollars to locally owned stores, restaurants and entertainment establishments and together we can keep thousands of dollars in the Lindenhurst and Lake Villa communities. Based on studies of similar efforts, we will likely generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in our community than if we had spent our money at a national chain.
Lindenhurst and Lake Villa are vibrant neighborhoods rich with character. By shopping local, you experience the unique flavors and textures while supporting our communities local living economy.
Numerous studies have shown that more of your dollars are recycled into the local economy when you shop at locally-owned businesses. Doing business locally means more tax dollars for schools, roads, and public services. And the owners of those businesses – well, they in turn spend money locally, thus injecting even more life into the local economy.
But there is also a human side to shopping locally – building your community. When you think of your hometown, what do you see? Do you see unique shops and boutiques along a quaint historic Main Street? Or do you see strip malls and box stores? When family comes to visit, do you take them on a tour of the mall? Or do you take them to your favorite local place? When you think of dining out at your favorite restaurant, you most likely think of a local establishment. The charm, the atmosphere, the unique dishes that you can’t find anywhere else.
You have the power to keep Lake Villa and Lindenhurst alive. You have the power to preserve these wonderful communities. And it is simple. Put your money where your heart is…. Shop Local – Support your Local Communities.
Reasons to Shop Local:
Protect Local Character and Prosperity – Lake Villa and Lindenhurst are unlike any other communities in the world. By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Lake Villa and Lindnehurst’s diversity and distinctive flavor.
Community Well-Being – Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.
Local Decision Making – Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy – Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
Job and Wages – Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
Public Benefits and Costs – Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
Environmental Sustainability – Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
Product Diversity – A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.