The store next door

Caitlin LeRoux Online Editor
Caitlin LeRoux
Online Editor
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Give back to the community by shopping local 
The principal beacons of American society have become golden arches, and practically any store ending in mart. But are these stores coming at the detriment of the classic American ideals of community and togetherness? Communities have the option to revitalize both closeness and uniqueness by maintaining local shops and restaurants. In turn, these companies serve to encourage economic and social welfare of communities.
Local businesses have a more immediate impact on the well-being of the economy when customers choose them over the well-known big-box stores. This is in part due to the fact that money they take in is more easily and instantly recirculated when it goes through local businesses.
Also, by putting the focus of commerce on companies locally, there is a ripple effect for other industries in the neighborhood economy. Local businesses receive resources from other nearby industries such as farms, enhancing the success of their endeavors as well.
Another plus is the heightened customer service at local businesses. Owners are more hands-on with their customer relationships, encouraging a more familial one with their employees and customers. These businesses offer more of an immediate connection, working with the customer and presenting them with a variety of merchandise. Small businesses frequently have more unique product options than the big-box stores, as they need to differentiate themselves.
Some of the most popular businesses in the Detroit Metro area are small businesses. Schoolcraft is located by plenty of locally owned shops and restaurants, including Bella Mia in Plymouth, Nico and Vali in Plymouth and the Great Harvest Bread Company in Northville. All of these stores and restaurants offer unique qualities that could not be found at chains, from one of kind clothing pieces to homemade bread. Around this time of year, farmers markets, such as Schmidt’s Roadside in Canton, are also opening, and they sell fresher and more locally grown fruits and veggies than their chain store counterparts.
To reignite a sense of community within towns, it is imperative to give support to local businesses. Owners of local businesses are more charitable within the local community in contrast to chain stores and restaurants. They often take on roles as strong community leaders and encourage the character and livelihood of a community. As a result, the businesses bring about a special character feel to the towns they are in.
Small businesses help interlink neighbors and seemingly bring back the nostalgia of America’s past into its future, so investing locally rather than at big-box chains benefits both oneself and the surrounding community.