Please Shop Local

November 26, 2010

On the biggest shopping day of the year, we’d like to ask all of our loyal Spa Partisans to shop local. Amidst the media frenzy of Black Friday and the huge lines outside of big box stores, it is easy to lose sight of the benefits of shopping local.

According to the Austin Independent Business Alliance:

Modest changes in consumer spending habits can generate substantial local economic impact. For every $100 in customer spending at a national chain, the total local economic impact is only $13. The same amount spent with a local merchant yields $45, more than three times the local economic impact.

milk + honey is a prime example of how local dollars benefit your friends and neighbors. In five years, we’ve grown to 125 employees who have subsidized health insurance, paid vacation, and other benefits. Compensating local staff rather than paying franchise fees or transferring funds to a corporate office certainly feels good and does good.

Out of town visitors often remark about how vibrant Austin’s retail and restaurant community is. And how diverse and independent it is. And how proud Austin is of its local businesses. It’s not a surprise that this environment leads to Austin wining accolades for its vibrant economy, vibrant arts scene, and innovation.

So, we’re asking you to support your local businesses this holiday season. Do some holiday shopping in Second Street District or along South Congress. Look for other choices through organizations such as AIBA or GoLocal.

And of course, gift certificates from milk + honey spa are a great way to keep it local.

Thanks Austin for all of your support of this local business!

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