Shop St. James 1st!

Shop St. James 1st!

Everyone recognizes the challenges of living in a small town, and finding everything you need locally.  There is no way to satisfy every need in St. James.  What we ask is that you “shop” around, here at home, see what there is to offer, ask store managers and owners if they are able, and willing to add something that is lacking to their shelves, and when possible… 

 

 

 

 

Local Businesses do more than just occupy space on our main streets, they also play important roles in:

COMMUNITY WELL BEING:
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors and contributing to local causes.

LOCAL DECISION MAKING:
Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impact of those decisions.

KEEPING DOLLARS IN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY:
Your dollars spent in locally owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.

 


Still not convinced?

CONSIDER THIS:
When there is a benefit, a fundraiser, or a booster club event, who do you visit first?
CONSIDER THIS:
Small business owners typically live and shop in town. That means they pay taxes twice – on business, and home properties, keeping your tax base lower.


CONSIDER THIS:
If you add the amount of gas you use (lets face it, very few of us get more than 40 mpg), and the cost of your hourly wages for your time spent (and personal time is worth much more than that!), to the total of your receipt, you will find that you SAVED more than just time by shopping locally, but also MONEY!


CONSIDER THIS:

Without our local businesses boosting our local economy, we wouldn’t have a “local” to talk about.

It’s easy when you consider what your local businesses are doing for you. your community, your schools and your family every day.   Shop St. James 1st!

 

 

Here are a few more good reasons to Shop St. James 1st:

1. You choose to keep dollars in our economy
For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays in the community.

2. You choose to embrace what makes us unique
You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. So why would you want your community to look that way?

3. You choose to create local jobs
Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

4. You choose to help the environment
Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.

5. You choose to nurture our community
We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.  Remember that last benefit you were at, or the last fundraiser you participated in?  Local funds, and local products donated by local businesses make up a large portion of silent auctions, and fundraising income.

6. You choose to  conserve your tax dollars
Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong — right here in your   community!

7. You choose to  create more choice
Our stores pick many of  the products they sell based on what they know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual market.  Ever wanted something you couldn’t get?  Ask the store manager or owner.  You will discover they want to sell what you want to buy!

8. You choose to take  advantage of local expertise
You are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

9. You choose to  invest in entrepreneurship
Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon.  Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.  St. James’ foundation is based on entrepreneurial businesses.  Without them, we would not have a main street.

10. You choose to  make us a destination
The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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