Supporting small, local businesses helps the entire community.
Written by Lea Lumba | Photography by Kira Weisz
Las Vegas is known for The Strip, that four-mile stretch of road that boasts billion-dollar hotels, high-end shopping destinations, and fabulous eateries.
To visitors, Las Vegas may only seem like a glitzy, party city, but more than two million residents call Clark County home, and within those communities are numerous small businesses created by locals.
Shopping local boasts benefits for both the community and the consumer. Shopping local has proven good for the economy with more money per item going back into your local community. In 2014, sixty-eight out of every one-hundred dollars spent at local businesses went back to the community, while only forty-three out of every one hundred dollars spent at a local branch of a national chain store went back into the community.
Small, local businesses also help the work force. In 2013, there were over 71,000 local businesses in Las Vegas, and that number only continues to grow. In the state of Nevada, over forty-one percent (41%) of the work force is employed by small businesses. According to Made In Vegas, an organization that supports local artists, designers, and businesses, if the buying public would change and spend ten percent (10%) of their shopping dollars at local businesses instead of chain stores, the impact would be huge. In addition to adding more than $240 million to the local economy, that small change would create almost 2900 new jobs.
And, good employees are the key to small businesses. When you shop local, you also get a more personalized shopping experience than in a chain store. In addition to finding a smaller, often more unique offering of products, you’ll also note that employees are knowledgeable and have the luxury of providing one-on-one attention with shoppers. Kristyn Cristalli has always been a small boutique shopper and a supporter of “mom and pop shops,”and that’s why she decided to open D’annata, a women’s boutique in Tivoli Village.
During this season of giving, get a jump-start on your holiday shopping by participating in Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2015. Started by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a way to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. Instead of Black Friday, forgo the mess, massive crowds, getting up early, and discounts that aren’t really all that great and be a part of the movement that supports local business. Last year, Americans spent an estimated $14.3 billion dollars at small, independent businesses on Small Business Saturday.
While there are many luxury retailers, high-end department stores, and chain businesses in Las Vegas, there are also many small businesses that not only employ and give back to the community but also foster a sense of home for the residents of the valley. During this holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving. Shop local.
Shop Local Favorites
440 South Rampart, Las Vegas
D’annata – Suite #160
Vasari – Suite #150
Cupkates by Kate – Suite #130
Container Park, Downtown Las Vegas 707 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas
Blu Marble – Suite #1100
Kappa Toys – Suite #1170
Art Box – Suite #2030
1020 Fremont St., Las Vegas #100,
Feature Sneaker Boutique
3735 W. Spring Mountain Rd., Suite #205 Las Vegas
Haute Chix Fashion Boutique
10620 Southern Highlands, Las Vegas
7850 Norman Rockwell Lane Suite #110, Las Vegas
Alternate Reality Comics
4110 S Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas
6 E. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Let It Roll
107 E Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
11th Street Records
1023 Fremont St., Las Vegas
Happy Panda Toys
107 E Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
5140 W Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
9410 W. Sahara, Las Vegas
Urban Ranch General Store
6985 W Sahara Ave # 105, Las Vegas
Oil & Vine
2235 Village Walk, Henderson
2260 Village Walk, Henderson
10750 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson
9911 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson
10740 S. Eastern Ave, Henderson
Big Horn Olive Oil Company
2110 N. Rampart, Las Vegas
Archer + Jane
19 S Water St, Henderson