Why Shop Local?

A sign of the times

At the Lakeview Gluten-Free bakery, we are about to put a new sign in our front window. Look for it to the left of the front door.

It’s bright and upbeat, and it has a powerful message: “Shop Local!”

We bought it from our friends at a locally owned business, SurePrint.

You can have one of these great posters, too.

See: sureprintsouth.com

Or contact them at info@sureprintsouth.com

Top 10 Reasons to Shop Local.

At Joy of Keto, we’re all about local self-reliance and sustainability. More than even our new poster might proclaim.

One member of our Skunkworks team at Joy of Keto has a doctorate in environmental ethics and sustainability!

Really!

So we practice what we preach.

The benefits of shopping locally

All over the world, people are measuring – and celebrating—the benefits of shopping local.

The City of Raleigh in North Carolina provides a great summary of the benefits:

#1: Buy local to support yourself

Studies show that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

#2: Be friendly to our natural environment

Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases, thus requiring less transportation and generally are established in town or city centres, as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.

#3: Support community groups

Non-profit organizations receive an average 250% more support from smaller business owners than they do from large businesses.

#4: Keep our community unique

Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community “home” to us. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Our tourism businesses also benefit.

“When people go on vacation, they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace, not just anyplace.” ~ Richard Moe, President, National Historic Preservation Trust (USA)

#5: Local businesses create more jobs

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and in our communities, and they provide the most jobs to local people.

#6: Get better service

Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling, and those employees take more time to get to know customers.

#7: Invest in your community

Local businesses are owned by people who live in this community, are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the community’s future.

#8: Put your taxes to good use

Local businesses require comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned stores entering the community. Also, nationally owned businesses often demand tax incentives.

#9: Encourage future investment

A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.

#10: Competition leads to more choices

A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Source: adapted from https://shoplocalraleigh.org/care-2/why-shop-local/

Support our local enterprise!

When you shop at the Lakeview Gluten-Free Bakery and buy our new Joy of Keto products, you are supporting a local, family-owned and operated enterprise.

One that has been in the Calgary community for decades.

You are keeping money in our community. And you’re showing confidence in our community and our neighbours, as well as in local enterprises.

That brings smiles all round!

Update: The poster has arrived!

June 18th: Now the poster has arrived! Please come into the bakery and have a look.