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The 3/50 Project Wants You to Shop Locally

It's the big companies like Starbucks and Chrysler that make news with their financial troubles, but the 3/50 Project wants us to remember the independent businesses that are struggling without the headlines. The mission is to get you to spend locally and the project's website uses some simple numbers that make it compelling to opt for local shopping.

Here's where the project's numerical namesake comes into play. They ask you to consider "what three independently owned businesses you'd miss if they disappeared" and quote the US Labor Department statistic that says "for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures."

Local businesses help to shape your community's character, and presumably, make living in your area more enjoyable. What are the three local businesses you'd miss?


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LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I only eat local restaurants if I can help it.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
We don't really have any local businesses here that I enjoy, except well there are 2 bar/grills here that have awesome food and one has an on site brewery. I'd definitely miss them both, but they are are iconic with our town so they aren't going anywhere unless they make some really stupid finance moves.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Well, one of my favorite local restaurants just closed its doors last month, so I already miss them. I'd miss the cool little Asian foods market that's within walking distance of my house, and I'd definitely miss the little bookstore downtown that sells used, rare, and hard-to-find books.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
My local coffee shop (which makes my drink perfect every time), local restaurants (I hate fast food), and local boutiques (where I find the majority of my one of a kind, quirky clothes/accessories)
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Mostly my farmer market purveyors and indie clothing labels/makers. I would hate to only have mass-produced options were everything tastes and looks the same.
syako syako 8 years
*we'd miss
syako syako 8 years
Cool! I always try to do this. We'd a local coffee shop/cafe, a local bike store, and our favorite specialty foods market.
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