Friday, July 8, 2011

Shop Local for Durham's Sake

In a time when most cities continue to suffer from the economic downturn, Durham businesses continue to grow at an enviable pace. One way to ensure that this trend in economic growth continues is to shop local.

The "shop local" mantra is far more than a message of community boosterism. A number of researchers in recent years have taken a look at the impact of keeping money circulating in the local economy. One study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development found that for every $100 spent at a local business, $73 stayed in the local economy as compared to $43 when the purchase was made at a non-local store. Even modest changes in consumer spending can have substantial impact on local economies.

Durham is home to a number of one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops stocked with unique finds and local products. These shops keep Durham different and contribute dramatically to Durham's unique sense of place.  Sustain-a-Bull Durham's Shop Independent Durham Week continues through the weekend. The following is one Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau staffer's contribution to the local economy.

The following items were found within a mile radius of Downtown Durham for under $50:

1. Hello!Lucky Wrapping Paper, Parker & Otis
2. Handmade Gift Tag, Magpie Boutique
3. Assorted Nifty Buttons, Parker & Otis
4. NC Made Toffee, Parker & Otis
5. Mandarin Shea Butter Soap, Parker & Otis
6. Matchbook Post-it Notes, Parker & Otis
7. TokyoMilk Honeycomb Parfum, Magpie Boutique
8. Hand-pressed Durham Notecard, Shed Letterpress
9. Burt’s Bees Pomegranate Lip Balm, various retail locations

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