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Why Shopping Local is SO Important

The Power of Shopping Local

From the rolling landscapes of the Blue Ridge Mountains to our bustling local markets and quaint downtown streets, Amherst County, Virginia, is a testament to the resilience and innovation of local businesses. But why does "shop local" echo so fervently in our community, and why should you join in this chorus? 

Boosting the Local Economy

Did you know that for every dollar spent at a local business, a significant portion remains within the community? According to studies, local businesses often purchase from other local companies, ensuring that money circulates and re-circulates within Amherst County. By shopping locally, you’re helping to create a domino effect of economic empowerment.

Unique Products and Authentic Experiences

The appeal of local businesses is undeniably tied to their distinctiveness. Seeking the perfect gift? Browse any of the local craft and antique shops. Need a caffeine fix? Forget the chains and dive into a coffeehouse nearby.

Job Creation

Small businesses are the backbone of employment in the U.S. Local stores and service providers play a pivotal role in job creation in Amherst County, offering diverse opportunities for our residents. When you support local businesses, you're indirectly supporting job stability in your community.

Community Involvement

Local business owners are more than just service providers; they're our neighbors and friends. They're deeply embedded in our community, often sponsoring sports teams, supporting schools, and donating to local charities. Every purchase you make at a local establishment helps fund these altruistic ventures, and who can deny the value in that?

Reduced Environmental Impact

Shopping locally also means fewer carbon emissions. You save on long drives or having items shipped from far away. Plus, many local businesses in Amherst County champion eco-friendly practices, sourcing local produce or crafting handmade goods, thus lessening the carbon footprint.

Personalized Service

There’s an undeniable charm in walking into a store where the owner knows your name. The personalized service, tailored recommendations, and the feeling of being a valued customer is a shopping experience you won’t easily find online or in big box stores.

Enhancing Local Character

Imagine a morning stroll in downtown Amherst without the welcoming storefronts or the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting from local cafes. Local businesses give our county its unique flavor and charm, differentiating it from every other county on the map.

Supporting Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurial spirit is the cornerstone of American innovation, and it thrives when the community shows support. By shopping locally, you're fostering this spirit, encouraging more individuals to bring their unique ideas and products to life in our community.

There's an undeniable synergy between Amherst County and its local businesses. It’s a relationship built on mutual respect, understanding, and growth. 

County Compass helps new homeowners feel local, by providing information on the businesses that are around them in our county through a printed directory delivered to them at their new home. 

Just remember, as you explore our community businesses: Every purchase, no matter how small, contributes to a broader narrative of community development, sustainability, and shared success.

So, the next time you contemplate an online buy from a retail giant, pause. Instead, consider the rich tapestry of local businesses in Amherst County, ready to offer unparalleled service and unique products. Let’s cherish and support the heartbeats of our community!


Photo of the owner and her husband who live in Madison Heights VA

Hi, I'm Michelle

I'm the owner of County Compass, and an Amherst County resident. 

I love our community and want to help new homeowners find all the local gems that may not get enough exposure on social media.

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