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Reasons to Shop Local

LOWER TAXES!
Local Southern Colorado businesses put less demand on our roads, sewers, and safety services. They also generate more tax revenue per sales dollar. The bottom line: a greater percentage of local independent businesses keeps your taxes lower.

BETTER CUSTOMER SERVICE!
Independent business owners tend to know more about their products and services. Since they are members of the community, they tend to generously serve their neighbors. Reader surveys by the Consumers Union repeatedly show independent businesses beating their chain competitors in overall customer satisfaction (and often save you money).

MORE CHOICES!
With so many unique communities throughout Southern Colorado, you can get treasures from different cultures and backgrounds. From Pueblo green chilies to Air Force Academy memorabilia to any kind of restaurant you can imagine…we have it all.

KEEP YOUR DOLLARS LOCAL!
Spending locally generates a lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents.

ENHANCE Southern Colorado’s DEMOCRACY!
Local ownership of business means residents with roots in the community are involved in key development decisions that shape our lives and local environment in which we live and work.

Form our Character!
Small Local Businesses help give our community it’s vibe and distinct personality, right down to each individual neighborhood.

You can buy it where you try it!
Local stores allow you the opportunity to try it on and try it out before you buy it. You know exactly what you are getting, not what will show up in the mail!

Builds Community!
We are losing the ability to communicate! Shopping local means you may experience a casual encounter with a friend or neighbor while you are out in public spaces and this builds community cohesiveness.

Strengthens our Local Economy!
Each dollar spent as a local business returns 3 times more money to Southern Colorado!

Creates a Healthier Environment!
Keep Southern Colorado Beautiful! Locally owned and operated businesses take up less space, they buy efficiently so there is less waste and extravagance. They carry more locally own products and they are typically next to other retailers which creates less traffic and air pollution.