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The Advantages of Buying from Locally Owned Businesses

September 20th, 2012 by

Play N' Learn has been locally owned and operated since 1986.Here at Play N’ Learn, we’re full supporters of the “buy locally” movement sweeping the country. We’re a locally-owned company that’s been in business since 1986, so we’re naturally inclined to support other local and small business like us.

But our bias is well-founded—there are plenty of great reasons to buy locally. Read on for some advantages of supporting local businesses.

1. Good, friendly service

Because local businesses usually deal in specialties rather than general needs, their employees are well versed in that subject and have a good understanding of the product. In addition to providing you detailed answers to your questions, they’ll be able to take the time to get to know you and your needs as a customer.

2. Have your service issues handled at home

Have you ever had to send something away to have it fixed? Once you factor in the trips to the post office, shipping costs, and the time you go without the item, it can be a very inconvenient process. But when you buy locally, you also have local service. That means when something breaks or needs a tune up, your shop owner will be right there to handle it, or find someone who can.

3. Invest in your community

Because locally owned businesses are owned by and hire from people within the community, they have a higher investment in making sure your neighborhood flourishes. Local businesses are more likely to be involved in community organizations like schools, sports teams, and non-profits that directly affect your neighborhood and family, because it’s also where they live.

4. Green friendly

Small and local businesses often buy within the community, meaning there’s less transportation of goods and use of fuel. Also, most businesses are in a town center as opposed to on the outskirts of town, which makes your travel to a centralized hub and cuts down on sprawl and destruction of habitats on the edges of town.

5. Keep your community interesting

What’s worse than strip mall upon strip mall of chain stores? Supporting local businesses means you’ll be supporting many small shops that specialize in what your neighborhood really wants, whether it’s specialty restaurants, outdoor gear, book stores, vintage boutiques, and more. Because the success of each business is truly based on how much the community uses it (and not how much a national chain invests in it), you’ll be shaping the identity of your neighborhood. Plus, people are more likely to settle down in an area that has a distinct local atmosphere—and who doesn’t like an interesting place to live?

These are just a few of the benefits of buying locally. Here at Play N’ Learn we embrace the idea of local thinking and focusing on our community here in Maryland and Virginia. To experience the local difference first hand, stop by one of our stores to check out one of our many playsets, trampolines, basketball goals, and other cool stuff.