My Turn: Importance of shopping local

My Turn: Importance of shopping local

I not too long ago sat down on the counter of the Brass Buckle in Greenfield to seize some breakfast and make amends for some emails. I had busily been working away once I was distracted by a dialog taking place just a few toes away.
Within the bustling environment, I heard proprietor Anika Balaconis greet a buyer, “Good morning, Steve! How’re you doing? You need that espresso with milk to go this morning?” Anika paused and grinned, “And that cranberry scone you want?” After a short dialog with Anika, Steve took the espresso and scone to go. I believed to myself, what an unbelievable manner for an individual to begin their day.
Just a few weeks in the past, I used to be touring by means of West County and stopped at a neighborhood ironmongery shop. As I stood ready to introduce myself to the proprietor, I witnessed a dialog between the proprietor and a buyer about concrete, and the advantages of 1 sort over one other. “Nicely, if this one doesn’t work, you already know the place to seek out me,” the enterprise proprietor mentioned.
Franklin County is a spot the place individuals worth native. We wish to know the fingers that made the pottery, the particular person whose viewfinder captured one in every of our scenic vistas and the baker who made the cranberry scone. We wish to know the place our meals comes from and the individuals who produce it. I take pleasure in going to Clarkdale Fruit Farm in Deerfield not solely due to their apples, however as a result of they make me really feel like household.
I store native as a result of it seems like dwelling.
At this time is Small Enterprise Saturday. Based in 2010, this annual occasion happens the Saturday after Black Friday and encourages buyers to assist small companies of their communities. This initiative highlights the critically vital function that small companies play within the native economic system. The Massachusetts Workplace of Housing and Financial Growth studies that 126,300 (86 p.c) of companies situated in Massachusetts make use of 19 workers or fewer, and roughly 458,000 are sole proprietors. The economic system of Franklin County is stronger and extra vibrant due to our small companies.
However buying regionally can’t be a one-day-of-the-year occasion if we actually care about our native small companies. If we worth them, and the contributions they make to the 26 communities throughout Franklin County, we should make supporting them a part of our routine or danger dropping them.
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging locals to purchase native not solely right this moment, however on daily basis. Our neighbors, those who know how we take our espresso and our favourite scone, those who might be there if we’ve a query about concrete, are relying on it.
Study extra about your native companies at: www.franklincc.org.

Natalie Blais is the manager director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce