The “shop local” movement has been gaining steam for several years now. And people have been flocking to local retailers like never before during the pandemic. What great news! Still not convinced? Learn how everyone benefits from shopping local.
Why shop at local retailers?
Shopping local is first and foremost an act of solidarity with local merchants and producers. But it also has broader social, economic and ecological impacts.
Superstores have their advantages (e.g., selection and lower prices), but they’re often very crowded and—let’s face it—a bit cold. Shopping local gives you an opportunity to build relationships with shop owners and staff. They care deeply about their products and are the best ambassadors for them, which very often means top quality. They’ll also get to know you and your preferences over time and use that knowledge to offer recommendations.
One of the most significant benefits of shopping local is that your purchases inject money back into the community and support the local economy. Think about the artisans you follow on social media. With the holidays fast approaching, their websites are a great source for all sorts of stocking stuffers.
Consuming local and seasonal products means reducing your ecological footprint by choosing products that don’t travel as far. But you might have to change your buying habits (no more strawberries in January, for example). But this year, breaking habits has almost become a habit in itself! That being said, shopping local doesn’t need to become an obsession. Just take it one purchase at a time.
Taste the terroir
Quebec is teeming with exceptional products. Over the past several years, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of local companies making products that showcase our terroir and local resources and fuel our sense of pride. Just take the craft breweries, vegetable farms and zero-waste stores—they’re definitely worth checking out.
Culture in a broader sense also deserves our support. Encouraging local activities and artists is another great way to boost the local economy. Music, festivals, cinema, streaming performances, there’s lots to choose from.
Rediscover your community
The last few months have forced us to rethink travel. Many people have found hidden gems across the province, or rediscovered their own regions. Taking a staycation is another way to boost the local economy. Visiting Quebec’s must-see attractions and sites is also a way of taking ownership of them. It’s time to encourage the new cheesemaker that just opened or get supper delivered from that restaurant you’ve been dying to check out.
Spread the word
The best way to encourage others to stimulate the local economy is by setting an example. When you discover local products or businesses, spread the word! Your family and friends will want to join in the fun.