In this modern world of big box stores and Amazon Prime it is hard to sacrifice the convenience of corporate shopping for local treasures. However, supporting local businesses is a great way to nourish your soul, the community, and the environment and give back to those that are there for you.
What to look for when shopping local:
Shopping with local businesses is a great way to support individuals in your community who may have to rely on independent business and personal selling to survive. It is especially important to support those who are affected by systematic injustice and empower them economically. When buying gifts, home goods, or even food consider going to a local shop, farmers market, or pop up event like Couture a la Cart to see what your town has to offer. Other popups in Athens include Rashe’s (a black owned business!) which provides low cost healthy meals every week at different locations.
Why shop local:
Shopping locally also has positive environmental impacts. You reduce emissions in travel every time you choose to do local pickup or use a service that does not involve large trucks or airplanes. This saves energy, time, and money. Most local products are also locally sourced and sustainable. A great example of these are our Rachel Frey Art beer and wine coozies. She uses natural and sustainably sourced fibers to craft her home goods, ensuring a high quality and ethical product.
As a part of the Athens community, it is important to Couture a la Cart to give back and amplify the voices of our neighbors. No matter where you live, there is a thriving group of makers and entrepreneurs who need your help in succeeding. Buying local is a unique way to show that you care and protect the environment in your area. Next time you need a fun gift, a product you can feel good about purchasing, or just a little pick me up that gets you involved with those important to you consider stopping by a local business.