Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but this year we’re left with a good reminder of why shopping locally not only is a good way to support the community, but also a way to have better control of your shopping experience as a consumer. Even though it’s almost a week after the holiday, some companies like 1-800-Flowers still are receiving a lot of criticism on social media for flowers not arriving as pictured on the website.
We’re left with a lesson that while online shopping can be convenient, you really can’t beat the purchasing power that comes along with shopping locally and working with local retailers – especially when there are so many great retail options right here in our own backyard. Shopping locally means you can peruse the shelves for the gift that would be perfect for your mom’s birthday, instead of ordering something with fingers crossed that she’ll like it. It means you can walk into the florist and have a hand in arranging the bouquet for your special someone. While online florists and other businesses often partner with local companies to fulfill orders, shopping directly with your local retailers (especially at peak times like Valentine’s Day) is a safer bet.
So, the next time you need a flowers or a gift, think about your local florist or gift shop. Chances are, you’ll find just what you’re looking for while having the opportunity to form an ongoing relationship with a local shop owner while keeping more of your dollars within the community.
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