I thank each and every one of you in advance for taking the time to read this blog, top to bottom. Shopping and supporting local business is something that is incredibly important to me and all I can do is hope that I can make my customers think twice about where they put their money. I wrote this a few days ago and sincerely hope that you will read it and start your own research about shopping and supporting local businesses and what a difference it can make in our local economy- no matter where you live!
Here’s what I know: When you spend your money at a locally owned business, 70% OR MORE of that money stays within your community which in turn improves your local economy and offers more opportunity for business owners to offer more job positions, reducing travel and commute times out of town, reducing gas emissions and enticing more families to reside in this area. When you shop locally you are allowing businesses to pay their rent to their local landlords who own the buildings, you allow them to feed their families with food purchased at the local farmer’s market, grocery store or at a local restaurant, you allow them to clothe their children and themselves with items purchased at locally owned clothing shops and on top of that, you allow them to live their dreams of creating and running a successful business in a small town community where the citizens love to shop and support local as much as possible. Can you see the cycle?
On the flip side, when you decide to spend your money at a chain store or restaurant,29% or less of the money you spend actually stays within the community. Often times these chains are bringing in people from other provinces to do training or to fill positions, therefore not benefitting any local citizens- I do understand that positions are made available to locals as well, but not entirely. The money going in to these businesses and being spent at these businesses, is often going out of province to a head corporation, and even out of the country and barely benefits the local community at all. The owners of these companies have no idea who you are, nor will they ever meet you in person and so many of these large chains are owned by the states- how does that benefit us in Canada?
Local shops within North Bay pride themselves on being able to deliver all of the information about their products because we specifically and carefully choose every single item that comes in to the store. You can pick our brains about anything you have questions on and we also train our staff specifically to know about every product as well.We strive to offer fantastic customer service and although we know we can’t please everyone, we do our very best to make sure each and every customer that walks through our doors, leaves happy and with all their questions answered and feeling confident about their purchases.
- Natural fibers breathe as opposed to synthetics which keep the heat and sweat in making you clammy- contrary to popular belief, synthetics are NOT better for babies for exactly this reason
- Natural fibers hold their shape in garments much better than synthetics that are prone to losing their shape after even just one wash.
- Natural fibers renew much better than synthetic- meaning after you wash them in the proper wool wash, they can look brand new!
- Natural fibers last much longer than synthetics with the proper care- they are great heirloom pieces to be handed down from person to person
- Natural fibers are much nicer to work with- they slide easier on your needles, they are much nicer on your hands and we avoid any “squeaky” yarn issues!
If you believe that the yarns we carry are the same as what Michael’s or any other chain store carries, you would be wrong. We do not just carry a more expensive version of the same thing, we carry a higher quality natural fiber that may be more expensive per ball but generally gives you more yardage and a better finished project that, with proper care, will last a lifetime. On top of that, we believe in buying our products from Canadian suppliers as much as possible and I am incredibly proud to say that at this point in my business- almost 100% of our products are purchased from Canadian suppliers!
We are so confident that our customer base will continue to support us and that you will all continue to shop locally as much and as often as possible. If each person in our population of 54,000 people in North Bay spent $19 more per month per family member then our local gross revenue would increase by over $12,000,000- yes that is twelve million dollars! Think of what we could do with that and how many jobs we could open up with that. That’s less than $5 per week- think about it. Can YOU make that change?