5 Reasons Why You Should Shop Local

Decreases your environmental impact (carbon footprint)

If you’re an avid online shopper, it may come as a surprise to find out that shipping produces one billion metric tons of C02 yearly. It may also be a surprise to know that industrial pollution is responsible for about 50% of pollution in the United States. When you shop locally, there is less traveling by car, less resource depletion, and less habitat loss.

Supports your local community and local economy

It is estimated that for every $100 spent at local shops, $48 is restituted to the local economy. That is 68% of your money being circulated locally versus only 48% of your money staying local when you buy through a chain. If that isn’t a kicker, according to a Huff Post article, if every US family were to spend $10 a month at a local business, $9.3 billion would go directly back into the local economy.

Creates more jobs

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses have created 12.9 million net new jobs over the past 25 years. Small business employees also make up 99.7% of all US employees so supporting local shops is supporting people that are most likely your neighbors, friends, and family.

Supports innovation

Small businesses and local shops have to stand out and be unique with the products they sell to have any hopes of running a successful business. By shopping locally, you are supporting creativity and innovation within your community.

Quality and unique products

Quality over quantity, always! This point is simple and probably could go without being said but local shops mostly sell handmade or locally sourced items and give the best customer service. Providing an overall qualitative and real shopping experience versus what one might experience when shopping at large retailers or online. 

5 Unique Local Shops

One Cool Shop

Located in the corner of a small plaza in Avondale, this local shop sells items that are locally sourced or hand-made by the owners themselves. Whether you are looking to permanently spice up your home or decorate for the spooky season with unique pieces, this local shop is definitely worth the visit.

4070 Herschel St #5, Jacksonville, FL 32210

https://www.facebook.com/onecoolshop

5 Points Vintage

Located in 5 points, this local vintage store sells a range of locally sourced items from different vendors. Old VCR movies, playboy magazines, a wide range of vintage clothes, and hand-made accessories are just a few things you can find at this unique shop.

1046 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

https://www.facebook.com/fivepointsvintage/

Midnight Sun

Right across from 5 Points Vintage, you’ll find another local gem, Midnight Sun. With respect to the 21+ years of travel to Bali, Nepal, India, and Thailand the owners of Midnight Sun work with local vendors to sell distinct items. Along with a range of eclectic accessories, clothing, and home decor, one can also find crystals, incense, and spiritual books at this one-of-a-kind store.

1055 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204

https://midnightsunimports.net/

San Marco Bookstore

This one is for my book lovers and those that are looking to be transported back in time. This local bookstore was originally built and established in 1972. Though it has seen its fair share of family owners and renovations, this shop has always offered unique items when it comes to literature. From leather-bound vintage books to modern paperbacks, this local bookstore also offers themed matchbooks and playing cards.

1971 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207

https://www.sanmarcobooksandmore.com/

Atlantic Beach Arts Market

This local shop located right off of Mayport road is home to over 90 local artists. The shop offers a range of hand-made products like wall art, jewelry, and gifts as well as locally sourced vintage items. Whether you live by the beach or are in the area, this is a great spot to support the local community.

1805 Mayport Road Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

https://atlanticbeachartsmarket.com/

About Ambar Ramirez

Flipping through magazines for as long as she can remember, Ambar Ramirez has always known she wanted to be a journalist. Fast forward, Ambar is now a multimedia journalist and creative for Folio Weekly. As a recent graduate from the University of North Florida, she has written stories for the university’s newspaper as well as for personal blogs. Though mainly a writer, Ambar also designs and dabbles in photography. If not working on the latest story or design project, she is usually cozied up in bed with a good book or at a thrift store buying more clothes she doesn’t need.