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By Sarah Mote
May 22, 2012

Why I Shop Local

Meet Delena Stout, owner and founder of Brookside Barkery and Bath, a full and self-service dog bathing and grooming facility and all-natural pet food store.

“Shop local.”

This has become a community buzz word with the culturally conscience consumer.  From creating a cash mob to the popular Groupon.  But what does it actually achieve? 

Why Going Local Is Good

Shopping local keeps money in our community. Brookside Shops - Michael Forbes

Shops in my neighborhood of Brookside are mostly owned and operated by your neighbors who support the local grocery stores, buy their gas at the corner gas station, take Pilates classes next to the Vitamin Shoppe—you get the picture. When you support them, you support our local economy.

But shopping local also helps you meet your neighbors and feel connected to the community.  It reduces your carbon footprint, by biking or walking to your favorite place—and all this keeps your property values up.

And shopping local gives you an experience of your neighborhood and of your community that just can’t be replicated by big-box stores.

A Shopping Tour of Brookside

Grab your kids or saunter in solo to the independent bookstore Reading Reptile and actually experience the joy of reading.  Owner’s Debbie and Pete have weathered the bookstore wars and come out victorious.  Next door, Brookside Toy and Science proves that shopping online can’t buy the experience and customer service that owners Mary Jo and Jim Ward have been giving since 1964.

Brookside Shops - Worlds WindowLooking for that special outfit? Try going to World’s Window where owner Jan Buerge will give you that worldly experience from fair-trade items to local artisans. Talk about a personal shopper:  Jan and her staff will give you that personal touch you can’t find in the larger department stores.

Local restaurants such as Michael Forbes give you a taste of home cooking. (Be sure to save room for the Double Chocolate Fudge Cake.) Or enjoy a romantic dinner at Julian’s.  Celine Tio’s bucket of mussels is great over a bottle of fine wine. After dinner, try one of the many concoctions at Foo’s Fabulous custards or the many flavors at Baskin Robbins.

Let’s not forget the family pet. Brookside Barkery and Bath is the place to be Brookside Shop - Barkeryto find the latest news on pet nutrition. Or if you don’t want the mess of bathing Fido in your tub, try the self-serve pet wash and bond with Fido. Don’t want to do it yourself? Make an appointment with our groomer or one of our bathers to take care of it for you.

The point? Get out. Explore your community, shop local and help support the unique character and unique people of our great city.

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