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Shopping Local Matters (and not just to The Levinsons)

Shopping Local Matters (and not just to The Levinsons)

A year ago, my middle kid Lucy (14) was campaigning hard for an after-dinner ice cream at The Charmery in Hampden.  Like any responsible family, we are always trying to monitor our dessert intake with little success.  When she noticed me wavering, she grabbed the dagger and went for the jugular.  “Come on dad, it’s local!”

While this is a poor example of the importance of shopping local, it does reflect on the “local” zealots the Levinsons are.  Why?  Certainly, shopping local is not always easy or convenient.  

Small Business Saturday - Shop Local!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and with that comes one of our favorite days of the year - Small Business Saturday! As everyone maps out their plan of attack for their holiday shopping, we hope you are doing so with independent businesses. Did you know that sales made by independent retailers actually help create more jobs than large, online retailers? In fact, based on an analysis by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, for every $10 million in sales, independent retailers create 57 jobs, while large, online retailers such as Amazon create only about 14 jobs for the same amount sold. Plus, supporting your local businesses puts money back in your own local community - about half of every dollar sold in fact. 

Shopping with independent businesses MATTERS, because your community needs you. We're so thankful to have had the support of our community for the past 13 years! Check out some of our favorite independent businesses around Maryland.


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Do you have an independent business you think people should check out? Feel free to let us know, and we can add them to our list!

Happy Shopping!