By Mo Venouziou
LocalShops1 vice president
When you shop, play and dine local, you are making your community a better place. Here is what buying local does:
What does “local” mean to you?
Most people will agree Walmart is not “local,” and the neighborhood coffee shop is. But what if that coffee shop is owned by three sisters, one of whom lives out of state? Should that family business be excluded from the Buy Local movement? How about a locally owned franchise, whose owners live and contribute to the local community, too?
When considering what businesses fit in the Buy Local movement, I ask if they fit the spirit of the points listed above. In the case of the family-owned coffee shop with one owner who lives out of state, some profits end up leaving the Tampa Bay region. Still, I believe the coffee shop should qualify as local, since it fits the spirit of the movement.
Some might disagree because this scenario takes money out of the region. But what if all owners lived locally and used most of the profits to support their parents in another state?
What do you think? What businesses fit in the movement? Let us know at LocalShops1.com/TalkBack.
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