We are passionate about the need to Shop Local.
So much so that we have recently started a campaign to try and get people to use their local shops more. If you would like to join our Facebook group, please just follow this link.
As part of this campaign, we have written a short blog explaining why…
- Local shops are so important;
- Shoppers, not just shops, will benefit from shopping local;
- Why shoppers may actually enjoy the experience of shopping local more than a big supermarket.
1. Let’s Save the Planet!
Shopping local will stop you from getting in the car, emitting more fumes or draining your battery if you have already made the switch to electric.
It is also far more likely that the produce in your local store will not have travelled half-way across the earth in a plane or a boat.
And it will keep you fit!
2. Find Your Favourite Local Delicacy
Local shops are more likely to stock local produce from farms and manufacturers in the area.
This means that you will get produce that is fresher, healthier and more likely to represent what your area traditionally produces.
I live in Kent, and I have yet to find a Gypsy Tart anywhere other than in a local Kent shop!
3. Keep your Community Strong
I grew up in a rural village that had about 5,000 residents, 4 pubs, a post-office and 3 other “general” shops.
The team sheet for the village football club that I played for was put up in the corner shop every Friday before a game. I checked it on my way to school.
I will never forget how I explained in great detail the penalty that I had missed to Mrs Gray in the Village Stores one Sunday morning. She listened avidly!
And as for the inquests that were held in the pub after a game when I eventually was old enough to drink in one.
Community shops are just as much meeting places and community noticeboards as they are places to buy stuff. They are the fabric that draw people in, and then knit them together.
4. Find New and Diverse Produce and Ingredients
You just find stuff in local shops that you don’t get in big supermarkets.
Nowadays, I can only buy Bovril in my local community shop because Benny stocks it after I asked him to. Frankly, I can’t live without Bovril.
My local Post Office also stocks Indian produce that I had never heard of before. Like Roshni sweets and authentic curry pastes. I now make a beeline for any ethnic shop in the area becuaes I just know that there will stuff in it that I have not seen before, and that I can experiment with.
For me, this is one of life’s great little pleasures.
5. Find Out What is Going on in Your Local Area
What Circus is coming to town?
What tribute band or concert is happening in the park down the road this summer? Many I’ve seen recently seen are completely free.
What pantomime is happening at Christmas, probably performed by your local drama group. Why not join it at the same time?
Where can I find a local seamstress to take up those curtains that have been dragging on the floor since I moved house?
Get out of the habit of just thinking about what you need to buy this week. That’s how big supermarkets, Amazon and eBay draw us in. Instead, try to make a point of looking at a community noticeboard at least once a week. Then challenge yourself to think of what local services you may be able to make use of in the next month or two.
So please, when and where you can, shop local. It’s just a different a different way of thinking.