I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “shop locally” numerous times, but what exactly does it mean to you? To me it means to shop at locally owned businesses; to spend my money at privately owned enterprises; to patronize neighborhood merchants. What it does not mean to me is to shop at the large conglomerate chain stores unless what I am seeking can only be located there.
I go out of my way to buy locally. Why do I do this? Because I’m one of those privately owned enterprises and I believe in keeping my money in Payson. Once I started exploring, I found wonderful merchandise to meet most of my needs right here in Payson at locally owned businesses.
I can fulfill most of my gift giving and personal needs without stepping foot into any of the chain stores. Besides, they don’t need your money as much as our locally owned businesses do.
There are many talented artisans and gifted shop owners right here in our hometown who will go the extra mile to meet your needs. You don’t have to spend your money on gas to do your shopping in the Valley or even go to the large chain stores here in Payson. It makes me feel really good inside to know I am helping a local merchant to succeed when I patronize their place of business.
We have privately owned restaurants, clothing stores, antique and gift shops, office supplies, jewelry stores, print shops, auto repair shops, law, real estate and insurance firms, as well as arts and craft stores and beauty salons — just to mention a few.
“Take a walk” through our local yellow pages — you’ll be amazed at how many locally owned businesses we have here, right in Payson, and we all need to help each other to survive and succeed, especially during these winter months when the Valley trade dwindles to nothing. So think about it the next time you go shopping, be loyal and help out your friends and neighbors by buying locally. I’m sure you’ll be pleased.
Kathy Prentice, Once Upon A Time Antiques & Quality Thrift