Did you know that July 21 – 29 has been designated Buy Local Week in
Maryland? Take the challenge and strive to buy within the confines of
Westminster this week. You will find it’s very easy to shop local! Downtown is
filled with amazing, locally-owned businesses that go out of their way to
deliver the best possible service. Not only will you be buying unique products
that are unlike anything available elsewhere, you’ll also be helping our local
community. Consider these statistics offered by Sustainable Maryland:
•Money spent locally stays local. For every $100 spent at a locally owned
business, $68 goes back into our community. In contrast, our community sees
only $14 if the same $100 is spent at a chain store.
•Local business owners are local contributors. You can see them on local nonprofit
boards, donating their goods and services to silent auctions and events, and
giving back to Westminster in many ways.
•Local businesses offer stable employment. According to the US Small
Business Administration, there were nearly 28 million small businesses in
America. Over the past 2 decades, they have created 65% of net new jobs.
- Local businesses are your neighbors! Stop by any downtown store and catch up on the latest happenings in our great town.
•Local ownership lessens environmental impact – you can help reduce the
impact of long-distance shipping by buying local. And…have you seen gas prices
•Our tax revenue goes further.
•Independent businesses offer charm and unique character. From the
incredible architecture to one-of-a-kind finds, downtown offers a distinctive
shopping and eating experience.
In the true challenge of Buying Local, it’s important to Eat Local. Visit the downtown Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays at 3:00 to 6:30pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to noon for a true farm-to-table experience. Tomatoes, meats, sweets and corn are just a few of the delectable treasures you’ll find at the market on the Conaway Lot. And everything is grown right here!
We'll see you around downtown -- buying local! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @mainstreetmatters for a daily dose of all that is hot and happening downtown.
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