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Why Shop Local?

This Holiday season, remember to LOVE YOUR LOCAL! Why shop at a locally owned business first? The following 10 reasons show how more money spent at local businesses is reinvested in your community creating diversity and helping the community maintain or create its unique appeal.
Shopping local creates jobs.
Shops in our town create local employment and self-employment. These people in turn spend in the local community.

Local independent shops invest more in our communities.
Local businesses are proportionately more generous in their support of local charities, schools and community events. Supporting local shops means a financial impact on your community.

Local shops sell a wide range of great products at affordable prices.
Many people fall out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.

Shopping local saves you money.
Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us that local business equals expensive. If you add travel, fees to transfer items and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.

Shopping local retains our communities.
People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.

Shopping local retains our distinctiveness.
Independent shops create distinctive shopping experiences and stock different products. Local businesses respond quickly to the needs of local customers, stocking products to meet the changing population needs.

Shopping local saves the environment.
Local shops often stock a high percentage of local sourced goods which do not require long car and bus journeys, helping reduce our global footprint.

Local shops are for everyone.
Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly and young
generations and those without transportation.

Local shops value you more.
Evidence from numerous surveys show people receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business, which means you get a higher standard of service.

Shopping local saves services.
Private and public sector services tend to cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants, etc.

Upcoming Events

Oct 24 Fri
3:00 pm Indoor Farmer’s Market @ American Legion Hall
Indoor Farmer’s Market @ American Legion Hall
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm – April 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Indoor Farmer's Market @ American Legion Hall | Madison | Connecticut | United States
Dec 21 Sun
5:00 pm Longest Night Service @ North Madison Congregational Church
Longest Night Service @ North Madison Congregational Church
Dec 21 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Longest Night Service is recognizes that, in what is generally considered a joyous time of the year, many people experience sadness, melancholy and depression.  [...]
Dec 24 Wed
4:30 pm Family Christmas Service @ North Madison Congregational Church
Family Christmas Service @ North Madison Congregational Church
Dec 24 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
This family-friendly service has a focus on Gospel readings about Jesus’ birth, and many traditional Christmas Carols.
10:00 pm Candlelight Communion Service @ North Madison Congregational Church
Candlelight Communion Service @ North Madison Congregational Church
Dec 24 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This evening service includes readings, Christmas hymns, a sermon message, and communion and concludes with the lighting of candles.

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