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Every time we open our wallets to a business
we are saying "I like what you do! Keep doing it." When we shop local we are saying YES to a strong, vibrant local economy that translates into a unique and interesting village.

Your purchase today...
...has 3 times the economic benefit compared to the same purchase made at a chain retailer. Why? because local businesses bank, shop, hire contractors and use local media.

...ensures we have diversity of product and services.  It's often easier for independent businesses to carry more specialized items, new product and to support local artisans.

...helps to develop and maintain our communities character.  Ask someone to name their favorite coffee shop or store...chances are  its an independent business. Local places rely on our patronage to survive, its not just a business to them, its their home and they have a vested interest in the community.

Thank you for shopping locally,
you just made a difference.

Top 10 Reason to Shop Local

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Top Ten Reasons To Shop Local:

1. Embrace Local Character
Support locally owned businesses, you help maintain Cambridge's diversity and distinctive flavor.

2. Community Well-Being
Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes.

3. Benefit from Local Owner's Expertise
Local business owners and employees often posses a level of expertise and passion for their products that is unmatched by national chains.  They also tend to have greater interest in getting to know their customers - who are, after all, also their neighbors.

4. Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy
Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. Out of $100 spent at local independent businesses $45 stays in the community , while at national chains   only $14 remains.

5. Foster Local Job Creation
Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.

6. Preserve Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship fuels Americas economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7. Conserve Your Tax Dollars
Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8. Help the Environmental
Having a variety of independent businesses within walking or biking distance of each other reduces the amount of automobile use and driving needed.  This in turn helps to conserve land, limit sprawl and lessen traffic and air pollution.

9. Have More Choices
Independent businesses, choosing products based on what their local customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guarantees a more diverse range of product and service choices

10. Ensures Cambridge Stays Unique
By preserving Cambridge's one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character the community is more likely to attract entrepreneurs. They are also an attraction to visitors.


Gift Giving

Stay Home for the Holidays...Shop Cambridge.

Looking for something personal? Local crafts people make jewelry, pottery, knitted scarves and beautiful wooden furniture.

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for the Lady in your life?
Pamper her with gifts for hair salons, pedicures, massages
or house cleaning for a day.

Don't know what to get your guy?
Gift certificates for oil changes, car detailing, computer services
to hardware stores.

Can't think of what to get someone who has everything??
Donate to their favorite charity, church, or organization in their name.

Plan your holiday outings at local owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip.  And, how about going to see a locally produced play.

Encourage American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams.  And when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.



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